Amba is a Delightful Mango Sauce You Need to Try

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Amba is an awesome Israeli sauce comes from Iraqi jews, and is used for lots of different sandwiches and pitas, and it’s super great to have in your fridge!


  • 4 large mangoes
  • 3 tablespoons of  kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons of oil
  • 6 cloves of finely minced garlic
  • 1 medium seeded and diced Fresno chili
  • 2 teaspoons of mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons of fenugreek
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ cup of vinegar


  1. Peel and dice the mangoes and put them into a bowl. Add in the salt, toss, and cover. Leave in the fridge for 1 day. 
  2. Then, in a pot over medium-low heat, heat up the oil and add in the mustard seeds. Once they start popping, add in the garlic and chili for 1-2 minutes. 
  3. Add in the rest of the spices and cook for another minute. 
  4. Finally, add in the mango, brown sugar, and water. Put the heat up to medium, cook for 5 minutes or until the mango is soft and the liquid has reduced a bit. 
  5. Turn the heat off, add in the vinegar, and then puree the sauce. 
  6. Cool it, transfer it to a jar, and keep it for 2-3 weeks!