Quick & Crunchy Ambode

Ambode is one of the main side dish prepared during all festivals and for many happy occassions in any Madhwa families. Ambode is everybody’s favorite in my family, especially to my father and husband. I prepare these a lot and make many varieties. I have here 3 variations of the recipe, the basic version is prepared during festivals, since we don’t eat onion on those days.



  1. Chana dal – 2 cups, soaked for 4-5 hours and drained
  2. Green chillies – 6
  3. Coriander – 1/2 bunch
  4. Curry leaves – 8-10
  5. Red chillies – 6
  6. 1/2 fresh grated coconut
  7. A pinch of Asafoetida
  8. 1/2 tsp Turmeric or Haldi
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Small piece of ginger

Method :

1. Grid together all the above ingredients in a food processor. Don’t add water at all.
2. Make small ball of this dough, faltten it in your plam and deep fry in medium heat.
3. On days other than religious days, you can also add 2 finely chopped onions to the dough and deep fry.
4. Another variation would be to add 1/2 bunch pudina while you are grinding the dough.
5. Yet another variety would be to add 1/2 bunch dill while you are grinding the dough.

31 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Reshma Harithsa on May 23, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    I love your blog! I am a madhwa too! I have my mom’s recipes and they are all very close to your recipes. I have been planning to type up those recipes and have been postponing since a few years now. I think I don’t have to type them anymore, I can get it from your blog!!


  2. Posted by Mrs. Murthy on August 19, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Meera,

    I chanced upon your website when I was searching for the Kartiveeryarjuna shloka to find misplaced items.

    Good news: we found what we were looking for!

    And now you have another staunch madhwa follower 🙂

    Thanks for the great information.

    -Mrs. Murthy


  3. Posted by Hariprasath Vasudevan on August 10, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Tried Ambode. Came out very nice. Thanks for the recipe.


  4. Posted by savithri rao on January 11, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Today accidentally find this site. Great and very useful , also good info..:)


  5. Posted by madhavi on September 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    this year(2012) ganesh chathurthi went very well.i made ambode,and i was also able to make other naivedyam with a ease,thanks once again for confidence this blog is giving me.
    thank you


  6. Posted by madhavi on September 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    i actually do it in the same way ,but i read it somewhere and i was really shocked thanks for clearing my doubt.


  7. Posted by madhavi on September 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    if we want to do naivadyam for god ,can we soak dals the previous day ,if yes do we need to take head bath the previous day.
    thank you


    • Posted by meeraghu on September 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      We don’t soak anything the previous day. All food needs to be prepared the day of the festival. You can soak channa dal as soon as you take shower in the morning. That’s how I do it for all festivals.


  8. Posted by S.Ramesh on July 31, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Thanks for your recipe – Ambode. I am native of Tanjore Madhwa Desistha Brahmin family. S.Ramesh


  9. Posted by shilpa rao on July 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Loved your recipe.. Was great to get a recipe from a Madhwa person.. I am a from a madhwa family too.. 😉


  10. […] I have also tried making Ambode and Felafel( Madhwa Style) in this very same skillet and it turned out great. I will blog about […]


  11. […] I have also tried making Ambode and Felafel( Madhwa Style) in this very same skillet and it turned out great. I will blog about […]


  12. Posted by raveendra jatti on January 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

    ambode is just greate. i enjoyed its yemmy taste.


  13. […] school as well. We all came home, as I stepped in, it was so good to be surrounded by the aroma of ambode, sabbakki payasa and so on. Proceeding further, there was a beautiful wall note “Happy […]


  14. Posted by sunitha on January 6, 2009 at 6:59 am


    I am learning both in terms of knowledge about our culture and about good Brahmin recipies from the information posted on your site.This site is really very intresting and usefull.

    Thanks for such a good initiative,



  15. Posted by meeraghu on October 17, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Thanks, Tanuja. I am glad you were able to find this site interesting.


  16. Posted by Tanuja on October 17, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Hi Meera,

    I am Tanuja Rao from Bangalore. Accidentally I happended to visit your site when I was searching for ‘Ambode’ recipe. Now I have become a regular visitor of this site. You are really doing a great job by spreading good culture around.



  17. […] Madhwa Dishes. This has recipes for Cucumber Kosambari, Beans Palya, Potato Palya, Lemon Rice, Ambode, Majjige Huli, Nucchina Unde, Gojju, Badam puri […]


  18. Posted by Kishore on June 27, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    You are doing a wonderful service to Madhwas residing in foreign countries.
    Gonna try out all these recipes !


  19. Posted by meeraghu on April 22, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Nope both taste very different.


  20. This is wonderful. Is pakoda like the ambode too ??


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: