Ambe Haldi(Konkani) or Mango Ginger(English) is very rarely available at our place. These roots look almost like turmeric(Haladi) root and have a strong aroma of mangoes, hence the name Ambe haladi/haldi. The most popular preparation from these roots is pickle. When I saw these roots in Indian store here, I remembered this very old recipe – sasam. I have prepared this only a few times in the past, could not find these roots anywhere after that.
Sasam is a popular Konkani dish with coconut and mustard seeds. One very popular sasam is ambe sasam – this can also be made with pineapple(ananas). When mangoes are not available, it can be made with mango ginger. Unlike mangoes, these roots do not have any sourness. So some kind of souring agent needs to be used when these are used in any dish.
1 cup fresh/frozen coconut
4 pieces mango ginger
4-5 red chillies
1/2 tea spn tamarind extract or 1 piece tamarind
1/4 tea spn mustard seeds
1/2 tea spn jaggery (optional)
Peel the mango ginger. Grind with all other ingredients.
Add water to bring to a thick gravy. This gravy is not cooked.
Serve with rice.
Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 10mins