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Ambarella Curry(Sri Lankan).

Ambarella curry also known as June plum is a vegan, vegetarian curry that combines the two most popular flavors into one.

The sweet and spicy flavor of this Ambarella curry is addictive and perfect for your rice and curry.

I went in search of the English name for Ambarella and came up with,
Malay apple,
Golden apple,
June plum, 
Hog plum, and a whole bunch of unpronounceable names depending on the region.

Whatever the name we use, I think Ambarella is an under-rated fruit because when cooked it adds a whole new dimension to simple fare. 

Does anyone remember the method of cracking them open using the door frames? and the accharu?

I sure do, they were always a group affair with siblings and cousins pitching in and the tree climbing involved.

Nowadays, Kids don’t need to climb to get to these because you get the short bud trees, easy access.

There is simply no excuse, not to try this, EXCEPT for the cleaning of the fruit.

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Storing- use an old canister as it stains or use a glass container with a lid. refrigerate and consume within 2 days.

Freezing- can be frozen up to a week.

Reheating-add a few tablespoons of water and simmer over a stovetop to warm. you can also microwave covered with a lid as the ambarella curry splatters.

RECIPE DIFFICULTY- EASY

How to make Ambarella Curry(Sri Lankan).

Please make sure to read the recipe at least once to avoid mistakes.

The ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons of oil

A sprig of curry leaves(substitute with a bay leaf)

3 cardamom pods

1″ cinnamon stick

1 large onion finely sliced

1 green Chilli chopped

3 teaspoons Chilli Flecks

250g of Ambarella, Peeled and cut into halves

Salt to season

1 cup sugar 

2 cups of water

Method

How to clean and prepare Ambarella(June plum)to make Ambarella curry.

If it’s from a large Ambarella tree
If the Ambarella is large in size, use a cleaver to cut the ambarella in half. you might have to slam the fruit hard on a steady surface for the fruit to split in two.

And then peel off the skin, rinse with water, and use.

If the ambarella is from a bud tree.

The ambarella from a budding tree is not so large and you can cook them whole without splitting.

Just remove the skin, rinse and cook.

Over medium heat add oil(3 tbsp)to a pan.

Once the oil heats, add the curry leaves( a sprig), cardamom pods(3), and cinnamon stick(1″).

Add the onions(1 large), green chilies (1 chopped), and mustard seeds, cook for further 2 minutes over low heat or until the mustard seeds pop.

Pour in water(2 cups), followed by sugar(1 cup), cook over medium heat.

While the liquid slow simmers, add chili flecks(3 tsp)and continue cooking over medium heat. 3 minutes.

Add the ambarella into the simmering liquid.

Make sure there is enough water covering the ambarella, if not pour more water and let the curry simmer over medium heat until the gravy of turns to dark amber.

15 minutes.

Season with salt while the curry cooks.

Serve warm with your favorite rice and curry.

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Sweet and spicy Sri Lankan AMbarella curry, a vegan, vegetarian curry that combines the two most popular flavors into one, scoop the gravy with a poppadom and get addicted to this wonderfully tasty dish-islandsmile.org

Sweet and Spicy Ambarella Curry(Sri Lankan).

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ambarella curry also known as June plum is a vegan, vegetarian curry that combines the two most popular flavors into one.

The sweet and spicy flavor of this Ambarella curry is addictive and perfect for your rice and curry.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of oil
  • A sprig of curry leaves(substitute with a bay leaf)
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1″ cinnamon stick
  • 1 large onion finely sliced
  • 1 green Chilli chopped
  • 3 teaspoons Chilli Flecks
  • 250g of Ambarella, Peeled and cut into halves
  • Salt to season
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups of water

Instructions

    How to clean and prepare Ambarella(June plum)to make Ambarella curry.

    If it’s from a large Ambarella treeIf the Ambarella is large in size, use a cleaver to cut the ambarella in half. you might have to slam the fruit hard on a steady surface for the fruit to split in two.

    And then peel off the skin, rinse with water, and use.

    If the ambarella is from a bud tree.

    The ambarella from a budding tree is not so large and you can cook them whole without splitting.

    Just remove the skin, rinse and cook.

    Over medium heat add oil(3 tbsp)to a pan.

    Once the oil heats, add the curry leaves( a sprig), cardamom pods(3), and cinnamon stick(1″).

    Add the onions(1 large), green chilies (1 chopped), and mustard seeds, cook for further 2 minutes over low heat or until the mustard seeds pop.

    Pour in water(2 cups), followed by sugar(1 cup), cook over medium heat.

    While the liquid slow simmers, add chili flecks(3 tsp)and continue cooking over medium heat. 3 minutes.

    Add the ambarella into the simmering liquid.

    Make sure there is enough water covering the ambarella, if not pour more water and let the curry simmer over medium heat until the gravy of turns to dark amber.

    15 minutes.

    Season with salt while the curry cooks.

    Serve warm with your favorite rice and curry.



Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 660mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 1gSugar: 53gProtein: 10g

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Raunaq

Friday 2nd of July 2021

Thanks for the recipe. It was amazing. I just substituted sugar with kithul jaggery and added less of it as I don’t like it too sweet. Loved the flavour.

jehan

Saturday 3rd of July 2021

Hi Raunaq, You are most welcome! Adding jaggery works as well. could you please leave a rating on the recipe card? Thank you Regards J

Rasakama

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

Tempting. I make this curry little differently. I should try your way next time. Thanks for the recipe.

jehan

Thursday 5th of January 2017

I hope you do, this is more sweeter.

jehan

Thursday 5th of January 2017

This is more towards the sweet side and how my mom and grandmom makes it, I'm sure yours is tasty too.

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