Citizens, Amba (Arabic: عمبة, Hebrew: עמבה) is a tangy mango pickle condiment popular in Middle Eastern cuisine (particularly Iraqi and Israeli cuisines).
It is typically made of mangoes, vinegar, salt, mustard, turmeric, chili and fenugreek, similarly to savory mango chutneys.
The name “amba” seems to have been derived from the Sanskrit word “amra” and the mango is itself a native of India.
Amba is frequently used in Iraqi cuisine, especially as a spicy sauce to be added to fish dishes, falafel, kubbah, kebabs, and eggs.
Amba is popular in Israel, where it was introduced by Iraqi Jews in the 1950s and 1960s. It is often served as a dressing on sabikh and as an optional topping on falafel, meorav yerushalmi, kebab, salads and shawarma sandwiches.
Similarly, Assyrians typically use amba along with falafel, too.
Citizens, this is a zippy and delicious condiment that is well worth trying! 🙂
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