Saturday, May 3, 2008

Green peas Ambat

When I started cooking after marriage,it always used to be a simple one with rice,dalithoi,rasam and curds.Not that we were diet conscious or anything then,that was all I could manage to cook!!To top it all,hubby had told me before marriage that he loved dalithoi and wouldn't mind having it daily.Little did he know that I would hold him for that one sentence!!!

Anyway,this phase did not last long.We spent about a month in Bangalore(fortunately) for his official purposes and I utilized this opportunity to learn his favorite dishes from ma-in-law.He didn't know of course.After coming back to Chennai,this ambat was one of the dishes I prepared for him and he was stunned.He just couldn't believe that my cooking prowess had gone from dalithoi to ambat!!I really understood the true meaning of the adage-The way to a man's heart is indeed through his stomach.One more advantage I had is,since I was a novice in cooking,whatever I prepare gets a nod from him coz he compares it to my initial days..;-)You have come a long way from that,he says.I take it as a compliment!!;-)
Greenpeas Ambat


Fresh/frozen peas - 150 gms
Carrot - 1 medium,chopped lengthwise
Drumstick - 2,cut into 2' pieces
Onion - 1 big,chopped finely

For the masala

Grated coconut - 1 cup
Roasted red chillies - 5to 6
Tamarind - 1 channa size


Cook green peas,drumsticks and carrots together till soft.
Add salt to taste.
Grind the masala to a smooth paste and add to cooked greenpeas-drumstick-carrot.
Let it boil.
Simmer for about 5 minutes.
In a pan,take 1 tbsp oil and fry the onions in it till brown.
Add it to the ambat and mix well.
Serve with rice.


  1. that looks really good. and that was a great story!

  2. Tori ambat! WOw..if you are new to cooking and cook a storm, wow is all I can say! Divya, I was only managing after marriage rice (the credit goes solely to cooker) and one gravy,(randayi)either frm mom side or hub side...collapse! Hee..I think u are doing great!!! Love that thaali full of yumm randayi!

  3. Ambat looks perfect!:-) Delicious.

  4. nice one and love the color too!

  5. Arundhati,thank you-truth is indeed stranger than fiction..hehe.

    Purnima,thanks a lot.Well I've been married for 6 yrs,so I better pull up my sleeves..hehe.

    Meera,Dhivya-thank you.

  6. this looks,,easy and tasty,..thanks for sharing

  7. i am a konkani too.. from kerala:)....then went to chennai....
    tonnanthu udaa etta....
    pass me that ambat please!

  8. Ambat looks great and thali looks complete. Have tagged you for a MeMe Divya. Please check out my blog :)..

  9. i love this masala in any curry..i make so many variations with it..dento makes it extra special!!!ur peas ambat is really delicious...

  10. Notyet100,thank you.

    Nanditha,same pinch!!Ambat is yours,anytime!!

    Maya,thank you.Shall check out the Me Me.

  11. Hi divya, this ambat is really yum looking :) reminds of those mutter paneer types gravies mmmm


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