Delicious Ambali Recipe: A Perfect Start to Your Day


  • ¼ cup or 4 tablespoons of any one millet – kodo, little, foxtail, barnyard, or browntop
  • 6 cups of water
  • Salt and cumin powder to taste


  1. Soak the Millets:
    • Wash ¼ cup of millets under running water 3 times.
    • Soak the millets in 2 cups of water for 4-8 hours.
  2. Cooking the Millets:
    • Discard the soaked water.
    • Cook the millets on a low flame with 4 cups of fresh water in a mud pot, occasionally stirring.
  3. Achieve the Right Consistency:
    • When the water has evaporated and the millets are perfectly cooked, remove the pot from the stove.
    • The ambali should have a kheer-like consistency. If it seems too thick, add some water and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Fermentation:
    • Let the mixture cool down.
    • Cover the pot with a cloth and leave it in the same mud pot for 6-8 hours or overnight to ferment.
  5. Final Touches:
    • After 6-8 hours of fermentation, the ambali is ready.
    • Add salt and cumin powder to taste just before serving.
  6. Serving Suggestions:
    • Enjoy ambali with any dal, curry, chutney, etc.
    • Since ambali is a fermented food, consume it within 6-8 hours of preparation.
    • Do not reheat the ambali after fermentation as it may kill the beneficial bacteria.

Benefits of Eating Ambali

  • Cooling Effect: Helps to cool down the body.
  • Weight Loss: Aids in weight loss due to its light and easily digestible nature.
  • Gut Health: Rich in good bacteria that promote a healthy gut.
  • High Protein: Provides a good amount of protein.
  • High Fiber: Rich in fiber, which aids in healthy digestion.

Note: For people with chronic ailments, it is advised to consume millets in the form of ambali for 6 weeks. For healthy individuals, consuming ambali thrice a week is recommended.

Enjoy this nutritious and easy-to-digest fermented millet dish as part of a balanced diet!

Benefits of Ambali:

  1. Cooling Effect: Ambali helps to cool down the body, making it especially refreshing during hot weather or after spicy meals.
  2. Weight Loss: With its light and easily digestible nature, ambali can aid in weight loss when incorporated into a balanced diet.
  3. Gut Health: Rich in beneficial bacteria from fermentation, ambali promotes a healthy gut microbiome, supporting digestion and overall gut health.
  4. High Protein: Millets used in ambali are a good source of protein, important for muscle repair and growth.
  5. High Fiber: Ambali is rich in fiber, which aids in healthy digestion, regulates bowel movements, and promotes satiety.

Nutritive Value:

  • Millet: Provides complex carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals such as iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.
  • Salt: Adds flavor and provides essential electrolytes.
  • Cumin Powder: Enhances flavor and may offer digestive benefits.
  • Water: Hydrates the body and aids in the cooking and fermentation process.

Incorporate ambali into your diet for a delicious and nutritious way to support your health and well-being.

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