Ambade Sasam

ambade sasam

Ambade is one of the very common vegetable used in Konkani food. Ambade(hog plums/amtekayi/ambazhanga) trees are commonly found in backyards of most of the houses in our region. There are two types of ambades – sour and sweet. This is a seasonal vegetable. Tender ambades of both types are used in pickles and as souring agents in many dishes.

Some of the dishes we make with ambades are Gojju, Sasam, ghashi(Rosu/Udid methi), gravies.

Sasam is one of the traditional Konkani dish prepared in different ways. I am posting here the way in which my grandmother used to prepare. I have been making this dish for many years now.

2 big ambades
3/4 cup coconut
2-3 green chillies
1/4 tea spn asafoetida
2 tea spn jaggery

Peel the outer skin of ambades and cook them in half cup of water with salt. Allow it to cool. After making a slit on chillies (to avoid splitting) dry roast green chilies on low flame(hold green chillies directly on flame).
Grind grated coconut, green chillies and asafetida to a smooth paste using the water in which ambades were boiled. Add jaggery and smash the boiled amades in that(do not grind ambades).
Ambade sasam is not heated. Ambade sasam is ready to serve.
It can be used both with rice and chapattis. We prefer to eat with papad.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 20mins


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19 thoughts on “Ambade Sasam”

  1. Hi Shilpa,

    I love Ambade too! Where do you find these in the US? Let me know what it’s called here, and I’ll look for it.


  2. Varada aunty, I came across, dried raw jackfruit pericarp used mainly in making dosa, how do u make them? the dried ones actually

  3. I am sure you may be able to get this fruit in any Sri Lankan stores in US or in Canada. This is known as Amberella in Sri Lanka. you also can cook this like mango curry.

  4. usually prepared on the first day of diwali in Goa. Mouth watering looks at the pic, waiting for the ambade to arrive in market (me from Belgaum – Karnataka).

  5. Guess What!!!. I found aamabade in Super H-Mart( type of a Korean/ Asian store),in Atlanta, GA, this past weekend for 1.99/lb. They were called ‘June Plums’. Could not believe myself when I saw them, so scraped a bit and it was Aambade. Was ready to do a happy dance..
    Made saasavam today, will make curry after a few days 🙂

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