Yesterday, I spent hours in the kitchen trying to create an amba sauce substitute.
Amba sauce or pickled mango is a popular condiment in Indian cooking.
I was craving this sweet and spicy Indian sauce but didn’t want to spend an hour making it myself. This is what I came up with…
Although, it only takes a few minutes!
What is Amba Sauce? What is Amba sauce made of?
Amba sauce is a Middle Eastern condiment made from mangoes, vinegar, salt, sugar, and spices. The sauce is tangy and spicy, making it a great addition to sandwiches or samosas.
6 Amba Sauce Substitutes
There are a few substitutes for amba sauce that you can use in your cooking. If you can’t find or don’t have access to amba sauce, here are a few substitutes that will give your dish a similar flavor:
1. For a sour and spicy flavor, try using lime juice or vinegar mixed with hot sauce.
2. For a more curry-like taste, mix together equal parts brown sugar and yellow mustard. Add a little bit of vinegar for tartness if you’d like. If you really want to make this a full-fledged substitute, add some turmeric or curry powder as well.
3. If you want the flavor of amba but without mangoes, try using another fruit similar to it. Some options are peaches or pears. You can also mix some mango juice into this substitute if you want more of the amba flavor.
4. Mix 1 tablespoon of mango chutney with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.
5. Mix 2 tablespoons of apricot jam with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.
6. You can also mix 2 teaspoons of grated ginger with 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. ( check white soy sauce alternatives)
Whichever way you choose, the sauce will be a tart, spicy condiment that is perfect for use on chicken or fish.
How to Use Amba Sauce
Now that you know all about amba sauce, it’s time to learn how to use it. Amba sauce is a versatile condiment that can be used in various ways.
Here are some ideas:
1. Use amba sauce as a dip for fresh vegetables or pita bread.
2. Add amba sauce to a chicken salad for a sweet, tangy flavor.
3. Spread amba sauce on a turkey sandwich along with mayonnaise and lettuce for a taste of the Middle East.
4. Use amba sauce topping rice or couscous instead of lemon juice for added flavor.
5. Combine amba sauce with a bit of mayonnaise and use it as a spread on a turkey, ham, or roast beef sandwich.
6. Mix some amba sauce into lentil soup to taste the Middle East.
7. Add amba sauce to marinades for grilled chicken or fish for extra flavor.
8. Add amba sauce to homemade hummus along with garlic, cumin, and olive oil for a Middle Eastern treat.
9. Use amba sauce as the base of a salad dressing instead of vinegar or lemon juice for added flavor.
10. Always keep some amba sauce in the fridge; it’s a terrific condiment to have on hand for all of your favorite recipes.
As you can see, there are multiple applications for amba sauce. With its tangy, sweet flavor, it’s an ideal condiment for bringing a taste of the Middle East to your dishes.
So give amba sauce a try today and see how delicious it can be!
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Best Easy Amba Recipe- Try At Home
The amba dish is typically served with steamed rice or naan bread. It can also be eaten as a stew or used as a filling for dumplings or pies.
There are many variations of the amba recipe. Still, all versions include yak meat, onion, garlic, tomatoes, and a range of spices.
Some recipes use additional vegetables such as mushrooms, while others use beef or lamb instead of yak meat.
The dish is popular in the Himalayan region. It is often served at special occasions such as weddings and New Year’s celebrations.
The dish is prepared by first heating oil in a wok. Then the chopped onion, garlic, and tomatoes are cooked until they become soft and browned.
Chopped meat is then added to the mixture, followed by spices depending on the recipe. The mixture is then cooked until the meat is tender.
Recipes using Amba Sauce
Recipes using amba sauce are endless. A few of my favorites are listed down.
1. Amba chicken is a popular dish in Israel.
Cut up some chicken into small pieces and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Cook the chicken in a pan until it is browned. Add one tablespoon of oil and, followed by the amba sauce.
Cook for a few minutes, and then add a can of diced tomatoes. Cook together until the chicken is tender.
2. Here’s a great way to use amba with salmon fillets! Place four to six pieces of fish skin side down on a greased baking dish.
Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Preheat the cookstove to 350°F and bake until almost done.
Spread a heaping teaspoon of amba sauce on top of each fillet. Continue cooking until salmon is cooked all the way through, about two more minutes.
3. This delicious appetizer uses triangular phyllo dough shells filled with amba-seasoned labneh cheese, which is simply strained yogurt that has been thickened with citric acid.
To taste, the cheese is mixed with amba sauce, ground cumin, chopped chives or green onion, and salt and pepper.
Put some on a plate and drizzle with olive oil before serving.
4. Here’s another great recipe for Amba-salmon fillets. Mix together one tablespoon of butter (or margarine), one teaspoon of paprika, and one teaspoon of amba sauce.
Spread the mixture over four to six salmon fillets. Bake at 400 degrees F for 12 to 16 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
Amba Fermented Mango Sauce
Amba fermented mango sauce is a sweet and sour sauce made from fresh mangos, vinegar, sugar, and spices.
It is a widespread condiment in Southeast Asia. It’s a dipping sauce for chicken satay, grilled shrimp, or a marinade for pork or beef.
Amba fermented mango sauce is also great as a salad dressing. Mix one part amba with three parts oil and toss with your favorite salad ingredients.
You can also use amba as a topping for tacos or burritos or as a glaze for chicken or pork.
Wrap up On Substitute for Amba Sauce
Amba sauce is very versatile. You can use it as a dip, a spread, or a dressing. I like to use it as a dressing for salads or as a dip for falafel or other fried snacks.
Check these amba sauce alternatives if you’re seeking a new method to spice up your food. It’s flavorful and spicy with both meat and vegetables!
I hope you will enjoy this delicious and healthy sauce!
FAQs Related To Amba Sauce Alternative
Q1. What can I put amba on?
You may use amba on a variety of items. One popular dish is called shakshuka, which is a North African dish made of eggs, tomatoes, and peppers.
You can also put amba on chicken or fish. Some people even put it on toast!
Q2. What is the best way to store amba?
The best way to store amba is in your refrigerator. Ambient can last anywhere from six months to a year when refrigerated.
Be sure not to put it beside other condiments, like mayonnaise, because this could cause it to spoil before its time!
Q3. What is Shatta?
What’s tastier than a delicious, spicy sauce? Shatta is the perfect condiment for your next meal. Shatta, the spicy sauce recipe from Mediterranean cuisine.
Made with Kashmiri red chilies and lemon juice alongside garlic, this easy-to-make recipe can be prepared in under 10 minutes! Similar to Italian pesto but much spicier.
It has a rich flavor that comes together thanks to its freshness achieved through using only homemade ingredients when possible.