Oriya Style Ambila Recipe-Sweet & Spicy Mixed Vegetable Sabzi

Ambila is an Oriya style rasam cooked with an assortment of vegetables and tempered with panch phoran masala. Serve Ambila with Steamed rice and ghee for a great weekday lunch.

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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 rasam' as it is similar to the South Indian delicacy of rasam. But as compared to the latter it is quite loaded with vegetables, usually the seasonal variety. 

Ambila is a delicious combination of vegetables stewed in a yogurt and besan gravy and tempered with panch phoran spices along with red chillies and curry leaves. It is a traditional recipe of Orissa prepared during Laxmi Puja. 

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

40 M

Total in

60 M


4 Servings


  • 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 2 inch pieces
  • 1 Tomato , finely choppes
  • 1/4 cup Curd (Dahi / Yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon Gram flour (besan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 2 Dry Red Chillies
  • 2 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Panch Phoran Masala
  • 1 teaspoon Tamarind Paste
  • 3 cloves Garlic , finely chopped
  • Salt , as per your taste
  • Sunflower Oil , as required

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

  1. To begin making Ambila Recipe, in a bowl, mix curd/dahi and besan. Add 4 teaspoons of water and mix well to make sure there are no lumps in it. 

  2. Next, dissolve the tamarind pulp in 3-4 teaspoons of warm water and keep aside. Alternatively, you can also soak 20 grams or lemon sized tamarind in hot water and squeeze out the tamarind pulp.

  3. Place a pan on medium heat and add 1 teaspoon oil.

  4. Add the tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes are soft. Remove the tomatoes and keep aside.

  5. To the same pan add all the other vegetables, except drumstick and saute for a couple of minutes. Turn off the flame and keep aside..

  6. In a large vessel, add 5 cups of water and boil all the sauteed vegetables along with drum stick and tomatoes with turmeric powder and salt. 

  7. When the vegetables are half cooked (takes about 10 minutes), add the besan and yogurt mixture. Mix well.

  8. Next add the tamarind water and give it all a good mix.

  9. Let the vegetables cook properly in a medium flame. When the vegetables are cooked completely, switch off the flame.

  10. In a tadka pan, heat up 2 tablespoons of oil. Once the oil is hot, reduce the heat and add panch phoran masala. 

  11. When the masala starts to turn aromatic, add chopped garlic, whole dried red chillies and curry leaves.

  12. Sauté until the garlic turns to golden brown colour .

  13. New add red chilli powder to the tadka pan, mix well and immediately pour this tempering to the cooked vegetables.

  14. Mix the tadka well with the cooked vegetables and transfer into a serving bowl. Ambila is ready to be served. 

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

Oriya Style Ambila Recipe-Sweet & Spicy Mixed Vegetable Sabzi is part of the Indian Curry And Gravy Recipe Contest

Last Modified On Tuesday, 11 February 2020 11:24
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