Oriya Style Ambila Recipe - Sweet & Spicy Mixed Vegetable Sabzi

Ambila is an Oriya style mixed vegetable sabzi cooked with an assortment of vegetables and tempered with panch phoran masala and is absolutely simple to make and delicious to eat. Serve it along with phulkas or simply hot steamed rice topped with ghee.

Archana Doshi
Oriya Style Ambila Recipe - Sweet & Spicy Mixed Vegetable Sabzi
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Sweet & Spicy Ambila Recipe is a recipe from Orissa cuisine, which can also be termed as 'Oriya Mixed Veg Sabzi' that is packed with delicious medley of vegetables cooked in a sweet and sour yogurt and tomato based gravy and seasoned with panch phoran.

Odisha Style Ambila is a traditional recipe prepared during Laxmi Puja as well.

Note: This recipe is an adaptation of the classic recipe. The method of cooking and styles will differ from home to home. Here is my variation where I have cooked it in a very simple way in the pressure cooker and the taste is absolutely delicious. 

Serve Sweet & Spicy Ambila Recipe along with Steamed Rice and a dollop of Ghee for a perfect weekday lunch

If you like this recipe of Sweet & Spicy Ambila Recipe, here are a few more Oriya Recipes

  1. Oriya Kakharu Phula Bhaja Recipe (Pumpkin Flower Fritters)
  2. Oriya Special Dalma Recipe (Oriya Dal & Tarkari)
  3. Oriya Badi Chura Recipe | Sundried Lentil Dumpling Crumble

Cuisine: Oriya Recipes
Course: Lunch
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

20 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

40 M


6 Servings


  • 1 teaspoon Mustard oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic , finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies , finely chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes , finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Gram flour (besan)
  • 1/4 cup Curd (Dahi / Yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon Panch Phoran Masala
  • 15 grams Tamarind , soaked in water
  • 1/4 cup Kaddu (Parangikai/ Pumpkin) , cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup Mooli/ Mullangi (Radish) , cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup Colocasia root (Arbi) , cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant) , cut into cubes
  • 1 Carrot (Gajjar) , cut into cubes
  • 2 Bhindi (Lady Finger/Okra) , cut into small pieces
  • 1 Drumstick , cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • Salt , as per your taste
  • Oil , as required

How to make Oriya Style Ambila Recipe - Sweet & Spicy Mixed Vegetable Sabzi

  1. To begin making Ambila Recipe, prepare all the ingredients and keep them ready.

  2. Soak the tamarind in hot water for 15 minutes and extract the tamarind water from the pulp. You will get approximately 1/2 cup of tamarind water. Keep aside.

  3. In a bowl, add curd/dahi, besan and 1/4 cup water and stir to combine well until there are no lumps. Keep aside. 

  4. Heat mustard oil in a pressure cooker over medium heat. Add the garlic and green chillies along with the tomatoes. Saute the tomatoes until it becomes soft and mushy. Add the panch phoran masala, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.

  5. Saute for a few seconds. Add the tamarind water, stir in the salt and the cut vegetables. 

  6. Cover the pressure cooker and pressure cook the Oriya Ambila for 2 to 3 whistles and turn off the heat. Once done allow the pressure to release naturally.

  7. Once the pressure releases, gently give the Oriya Ambila a stir. Stir in the yogurt mixture and give the Oriya Ambila a brisk boil for 3 to 4 minutes until the besan gets well combined to form a delicious Ambila - mixed vegetables gravy. Check the salt and adjust to suit your taste. 

  8. Once done, turn off the heat and transfer the Oriya Ambila to a serving bowl and serve hot.

  9. Serve Oriya Style Ambila along with Steamed Rice and a dollop of Ghee for a perfect weekday lunch.