Black Rice And Pumpkin Soup (My Experiments With Ambila)

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Ambila. Sweet, sour and with a hint of chilli, this traditional soup from Odisha is a hot favorite during the winter months. It has quite a few variations in terms of the vegetables used and the choice of souring ingredient.
The strong earthy flavor of black rice pairs rather well with coconut and jaggery, both of which are integral to the 'Ambila'. The deep hue (anthocyanins) of the black rice adds a whole new appeal to this traditional recipe.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Served As: Lunch, Soup
Recipe Cuisine Type: Indian
Recipe Taste: Salty, Sweet
Calories 136 kcal
Servings 4


  • 1/2 cup pumpkin sliced
  • 3-4 tbsp black rice coarsely ground
  • 4 teaspoon Jagerry or as per taste
  • 1/3 cup coconut freshly grated
  • 1-2 Mango dried, pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon pancha phutana
  • 1-2 Dry red Chili
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon rice bran or canola oil
  • 1 pinch turmeric
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak the coarsely powdered rice for 30 mins in 1/2 cup. Soak the dried mango pieces separately in 1/3 cup water
  • Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a deep vessel. Add the pumpkin slices along with a pinch of turmeric. Fry for 3-4 mins.
  • Add about 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the soaked rice and let it boil for 15 mins.
  • Stir in the jaggery and grated coconut. Boil for 5 mins.
  • Finally add the dried mango along with the water used for soaking. Adjust the salt. Keep boiling for 5 mins.
  • In another small pan, heat 1 tsp oil. Add the broken red chili and pancha phutana. Once it starts spluttering, pour it over the ambila.
  • Serve hot.

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Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 223mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1902IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Sweta Biswal
Sweta Biswal

From authentic recipes from Odisha to low calorie delights, I blog and share it. It is a reflection of my healthy eating and living habits.

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