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Amba Sauce

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Amba sauce, mustard seed, mango and spices on a plate

Amba is a Middle Eastern mango sauce that will level up your pita sandwiches and burgers. Or just gobble it up with tortilla chips. It's easy to make and even easier to eat.

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Servings: approx. 8


  • 2 tbsp canola oil

  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds

  • 1 hot chile pepper, seeded and diced

  • 5 ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted, and diced or equivalent amount of frozen mango (4-5 cup)

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 cup water, or as needed

  • 2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp fenugreek (optional)

  • 1/2 tsp ground sumac

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste


  1. Heat canola oil in a large pan over medium-low. Add mustard seeds and, when they sputter, turn heat to low and add chile pepper. Cook for another minute.

  2. Add diced mango and lemon juice to pan.

  3. Add brown sugar and water in 1/4 cup increments, and stir until sugar has dissolved.

  4. Continue cooking and stirring until all mango chunks are tender. Continue adding water as needed.

  5. Stir in ground cumin, ground sumac, cayenne pepper, salt and fenugreek (if using).

  6. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt to your liking.

  7. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour into a container and refrigerate a few hours or overnight.

Zhuzh it up!

  • Use frozen mango chunks to make this recipe super easy.

  • This recipe is very forgiving - adjust seasoning and spice to taste.

  • Don't have sumac? That's ok! Substitute lemon zest or lemon juice.

This amazing recipe was written by Anita Schecter on


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