Monday, April 22, 2013

Avnaas-ambya sasam ( Mustard flavoured pineapple and mango salad)

Aunas Ambo sasam (called pineapple and mango respectively in English) is an excellent mango pineapple sweet sour dish. It is a very popular dish from the Konkani/ Mangalorean cuisine .Mango is the king of fruits and has got a variety of mangoes like the Alphanso, Malgova, Thothapuri, Mallika etc. Traditionally Aunas ambo sasam uses mango and pineapple. when mangoes are not available, you can also use all mixed fruits which would give a wonderful sweet and sour combination of taste and flavors. It is a popular GSB feast dish and locally known as Ambe (mango) sasam and is normally a must in most marriage food.In this dish fruits are together tossed in a mustard flavored coconut paste and spiced with red chili to make a dish that surely serves as an exotic accompaniment. This dish is a blend of sweet, sour and hot all at once. .Do try this luscious and exotic recipe specially during hot summer season.This really makes a great salad!

  • 2 cups Mango pieces (any sweet variety will do)
  • 2 cups Pineapple cubes
  • 1 cup Black or green grapes
  • 2 cups Freshly grated coconut
  • 2 Whole Red chillies,roasted in oil
  • 1tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1tbsp Jaggery or sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. For preparing the Avnaas ambya sasam, firstly mix the Jaggery or sugar into the chopped fruits and keep aside.
  2. Grind the coconut with the red chillies adding little water to a coarse paste. 
  3. Just before taking, add the mustard seeds and grind for a few more seconds till the mustard seeds are slightly crushed.
  4. Now add the coconut paste to the fruits with salt and mix well. Serve this excellent and yummy dish cold or at room temperature.