Vale Bajji Ambat is a delicious Konkan curry made with Malabar spinach or basale soppu, served with unpolished rice, jolada roti or ragi mudde. Vale bajji is the Konkan name for Malabar spinach, and ambat means curry. Malabar spinach is a highly nutritious green leafy vegetable, a perennial vine. It is also used as a home remedy for skin allergies.
Malabar spinach grows everywhere in coastal areas and western ghats of Karnataka. My aunt said that basale soppu would grow all around their homes in summer, they just had to harvest it and make this yummy curry. Both the stem and leaves are used in the curry. The stems need to be chewed on and fiber discarded, like drumsticks. The leaves can be eaten fully.
We have used the more traditional pepper instead of red chili that is used now, to make vale bajji ambat spicy without causing irritation to the digestive tract. We have also avoided garlic to make it satwik. We hope you enjoy it!