Amrood Ki khati Methi Sabji (Sweet and Sour Guava Curry)
Guavas, or “amrood” in Hindi, are simply delicious and probably one of my favorite fruits! This year I have an abundance of guavas growing in my backyard. I like to sprinkle chaat masala on guavas. The spiciness really brings out its flavor. Since I have so many delicious guavas, I decided it was time for me to make Guava Sweet and Sour Curry (Amrood Ki khati Methi Sabji). In case you are not familiar, this is a popular North Indian dish which I believe tastes best with fresh hot puris or parathas.
This was a staple sabji when I was a child growing up in India, provided guavas were in season. My brother especially enjoyed this dish. He simply relished this sabji and could enjoy eating it every day. However, there was catch – he would only eat this dish with puris! Rotis or parathas simply did not do this dish justice! My brother would pretend to read a book while eating so no one would disturb him so he could truly enjoy eating in peace! Whenever I make this recipe, I remember our sweet, innocent childhood memories. Guava Sweet and Sour Curry has the best flavors – spicy, sweet and sour – all in one dish!
This recipe will serve 2.
- 2 cups guavas (amrood, cut into bite size pieces)
- 2 Tbsp oil
- ½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
- ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds (mathi dana)
- ⅛ tsp asafetida (hing)
- 2 tsp coriander powder (dhania)
- 1 tsp fennel seed powder (saunf)
- ¼ tsp turmeric (haldi)
- ½ tsp red chili powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp ginger (adrak, thinly sliced)
- ½ tsp mango powder (amchor)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp sugar (adjust to the taste)
- 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro (hara dhania)
Heat the oil in a saucepan. Oil should be moderately hot. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil. If the cumin seed cracks right away, the oil is ready.
Add the cumin seeds, asafetida, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds powder, coriander powder, turmeric, and red chili powder stir for few seconds. Add ginger and guava mix it well add 1 cup of water and cover the pan.
Lower the heat and cover the pan cook for about 5-8 minutes until guavas are tender. Add mango powder, lemon juice and sugar stir and add cilantro. Turn off the heat and cover the pan for few minutes.
Amrood Ki khati Methi Sabji is ready to serve.
If Guava seeds are hard then remove them, adjust the sugar to taste depends how sweet are guava.