What is Amba?
Amba can be likened to a savory mango chutney for its lumpy texture. Oftentimes it can be served in a thick sauce or it can have chunks of mangoes. It’s usually made with a mixture of ripe mangoes, chili, turmeric, vinegar, salt, and fenugreek. It has a sweet yet tangy texture that adds an extra kick to any dish for its burst of flavor. If you’re adventurous with food then amba is certainly a must-try. For some people, the taste can be quite spicy so try to use it sparingly and then build up more amba once the flavors settle in and you get used to it.
Pair it With Meats or Vegetables
In countries in the Middle East, grilled meats are usually paired with amba. The smoky taste of the chicken hearts, spleen, and lamb is cooked in a grill alongside onions, bell peppers, and garlic. The smoky flavor of the meats paired with the strong taste of amba sharpens the taste of the meats and veggies. For the vegans and vegetarians, amba can also be paired with falafel or drizzled on top of salads.
A Perfect Addition
Mediterranean cuisine in general involves a lot of olive oil, butter, and spices. The dishes are usually more on the salty side and vegetable-based meals are abundant. Amba is a great addition to any dish because it adds a sharp spice that makes dishes more flavorful and tasty. It’s an acquired taste so the first time you try it, you might not enjoy it. Give amba some time and when you get the chance to visit a Mediterranean restaurant, don’t forget to give this unique condiment a shot – you just might fall in love with it!