Ambat Chuka Bhaji (Green sorrel curry)

October 15, 2006 at 9:42 pm 19 comments

I found Ambat chukka on my last visit to the market. It is a tangy cousin of Palak(Appearance is  like Palak but is very sour to taste.) In fact I googled to find out what it is called in other languages and was surprised to know that in Hindi it is actually called Khatti Palak. In English it is Green Sorrel and for other Indian languages see this page here


Ambat Chukka with hot plain rice is one of the top listed comfort foods for me.

For ambat chukka bhaji you need

 ½ a bunch of Ambat Chuka leaves with stems

¼ cup of peanuts soaked in water for 2 hrs

1 tbsp Chana dal (split yellow gram) soaked in water for 2 hrs

1 tbsp Besan (Chana dal flour)

1 tbsp jaggery

salt to taste

For the tadka(tempering)

3-4 garlic cloves

½ tsp mustard seeds

½ tsp cumene seeds

2 green chillies slit lengthwise

¼ tsp turmeric powder

2 tsp oil

Cook the chukka along with the peanuts and Chana dal in a pressure pan for 1 whistle. In a pan heat oil and then add the mustard seeds, once they crackle the cumene seeds. Add the garlic cloves and green chillies. Add the turmeric and then add the cooked Chuka. Add salt and jaggery and cook for a few minutes.Adjust the water quantity to the required consistency (usually this is made to a dal like consistency which can be eaten with rice)Once the water starts boiling add the Besan stirring continuously.Cook for a few minutes more .

Sweet and sour and a little spicy Ambat chukka is ready to eat. Serve hot with Bhakri or Plain rice (with ghee of course)


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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sakshi  |  October 15, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    Still salivating over the thought and taste. I miss the green veggies most here – Chuka, Alu and Lal Math…

  • 2. Priya Balabhaskaran  |  October 16, 2006 at 3:10 am

    Hey which language this is called as ” Ambat chukka”, since link “here” is not working:( I have never heard or seen this greens… willl look out for this here after….. thanks for the recipe…

    • 3. arvind  |  May 30, 2012 at 10:39 am

      its in Marathi that it is called ambat cukka. Aambat means, sour; exactly like ‘ Khatti’ palak. Khatti is sour.

      • 4. My foodcourt  |  May 31, 2012 at 9:12 am

        Thank you Arvind .

  • 5. Asha  |  October 16, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    Looks delicious like dal Palak which I love!!Thanks!!

    Happy Diwali!!

  • 6. sra  |  October 17, 2006 at 1:03 am

    Hi Madhuli,
    This is my favourite green leafy veggie. It’s called chukka koora in Telugu and a common preparation is to blend it with dal. Though your recipe is very different from the one I know, the finished product looks similar!

  • 7. shilpa  |  October 17, 2006 at 1:46 am

    Ohh my god..that is ambat chunka??? Someone asked me what is Gongura called in Marathi, I googled and saw the name sorrel leaves and thought this is Gongura (as gongura is also called sorrel leaves). Good that you posted the picture here.

    I have to see if I can find this here. Thanks for the lovely dish.

    @Hey Shilpa Gongura is Ambadi in Marathi.

    @ Thanks Shilpa,Asha,Sra for your kind words.

    @Priya that’s in Marathi-Ambat Chuka.The link is from Hemant Trivedi’s cookery corner.I hope you find the link to see the name in other languages.

  • 8. anita  |  November 13, 2006 at 11:55 pm

    Where did you find it ? Is it availabe in US markets ?

    @ I am here in India and so its not that difficult to find it!!

  • 9. anil  |  October 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    pls check my recipe vegetable Chapati at

  • 10. vighnesh  |  June 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    ummmmmmmm………………. really delicious look i feel 2 come in the computer and eat it.

  • 12. jyoti  |  July 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I got the bhaji and because the picture is shown I could make out what I bought from the market. The receipe looks delicious. I will prepare it tomorrow.

    • 13. My foodcourt  |  July 18, 2010 at 2:20 pm

      Glad the photo was useful jyoti..:) hope u like the bhaji too..

  • 14. anup dutta  |  December 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    In bengali , its called as “tak palak”. tak= khatta (hindi) = sour and palak= spinach .


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