A sweet and savory fruit salad with coconut and mustard seeds. Generally, this fruit salad is made with mango (Ambe), pineapple (Avanas) with a few grapes. This treat gets its name from mustard, which in Konkani is called as Sasam.
Mango (chopped) - about 2 cups
Pineapple (chopped) - about 11/2 cups
Red Grapes (halved) - 1/2 cup
Shredded Coconut (fresh or frozen) - 1 1/2 cups
Mustard Seeds/Saasam - 1/2 tsp
Dry Red Chilies (Byadagi variety) - 2 or 3
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/8 tsp
Jaggery/God/Gool (grated) - 3 tsp
Salt - 1/8 tsp
How to make Konkani Ambe Sasam:
- Peel the mango skin and dice the flesh into bite size pieces. Repeat the same for pineapple as well. Cut the grapes into halves. You can make this Sasam with just mango as well. I like adding grapes for a little more color. You can skip grapes.
- Grind grated coconut, mustard seeds, dry red chilies, turmeric, jaggery, little salt to a slightly coarse paste. Add water as little as possible. Taste this coconut dressing and add more jaggery, red chilies to suit your taste. If jaggery is not available, brown sugar works as a great substitute.
- To reduce the heat of red chilies, discard the seeds. I have used 3 Byadagi chilies which impart nice red color, but are mild.