Kelya Ambat

                          Nenderballe kelya godd ambat is a very traditional dish of the GSB community of kerala ! This Konkanin food  is made for all festive occasions & especially for Ugadi/ Samsarpadvo.

Ingredients –

  1. Chana dal – 3/4 cup
  2. Nenderballe Kelle / kerala banana – 2 ripe ( should be firm & not over ripe )
  3. Grated coconut – 1 cup
  4. Jaggery – grated – 1 cup or as per taste
  5. Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  6. Red chillies – 1 or Chilli powder – 1/4tsp
  7. Raw rice – 1 tbsp
  8. Cashew nuts – a handful

Seasoning ;

  1. Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  2.  Jeera – 1/2 tsp
  3.  Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  4. Oil

Method ;
Wash the dal & pressure cook it till soft but not mushy.

Peel & cut the banana lengthwise first & then into small pieces . Cook in a little water till soft  ( should not be over cooked.  Add to the dal.

Heat the jaggery in 1/2 cup of water to melt it & then strain to remove impurities .. If your jaggery is pure may avoid this step .

Grind the coconut , rice ,  red chillies & turmeric using the jaggery water to a fine paste .

Add this paste to the dal .

Add also a pinch of salt & the cashews . I added the chilli powder here because I had not added chillies to the paste . Usually I add the chilli powder/ red chillies while grinding only

Mix well add the remaining jaggery water & a little more water according to the consistency you require . bring this to a boil & let simmer for another 3-4 minutes  till they have blended well .

Make a seasoning/ panna with the mustard , jeera & curry leaves . Add to the ambat & switch off flame .Keep covered for some time  .
                                Enjoy with your family this tasty dish !
This is especially made on Ugadi day along with Khottos / idlis and served as morning breakfast.
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