Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Day 6: Sweet and Sour Mango Pachadi

Summer holidays(April-June) spent in ammayee's ooru (maternal grandparent's village) was always special. Did not hurt that it was also the season for most tropical fruits. The mango trees were laden and burdened down with the weight of the fruit. Not much effort had to be made to get a few, slice them, fish out the packets of red chili powder mixed with salt and enjoy them right under the trees.

The mangoes of course were mostly eaten ripe but the raw unripe mangoes had their own special place in the kitchen. Besides sambhar a big favorite with everyone, ammayee also made this pachadi with raw mangoes.

kili mooku (parrot beak) mango

The kili mooku(translates to parrot beak) mangoes, taste best eaten raw and were perfect for making \ pachadi. The taste of the simple pachadi never failed to set the taste buds on a song. Usually served as a side for full lunch meal I have expanded the horizon and have made it a side for idli, dosai or chapatis.

But best of all is eating them spread on bread toasted to golden brown with butter. Better yet on a spoon and then lick...

Sweet and Sour Mango Pachadi
1. 1 Firm raw green mango
2. 3 Red chilies split in half and seeds removed (green chilies can be used)
3. a pinch of asfoetida + few methi seeds
4. 1 1/2 tbsp of brown sugar/cane sugar (karumbu sarkarai) or jaggery
5. a pinch of mustard seeds
6. salt to taste
7. 1 tsp oil

1. Remove the skin and chop the mango
2. In a kadai heat a tsp of oil and when hot add the mustard seeds and asfoetida
3. Add the red chilies and them turn slightly brpwn, followed by the mango pieces
4. Sprinkle salt on top and sprinkle a tbsp of water, cover with a lid and let it cook till the mango pieces turn soft (10-12 minutes).
5. Open the lid, add the sugar and mix it into mangoes while mashing it with the back of the spoon.
6. Put in a dry container, will keep in the fridge for a week or more.

The marathon has been a lot of fun and the gracious host Nupur's daily recap a treasure.


  1. ummmm ,..mangoes again,..i just love them in any form,..thanks again will wait for summers,..for this,..

  2. I absolutely love this pachadi and eat it plain. Haven't used it on bread before...

  3. Oh Indo, this is my favorite dish. I usually take the pachadi in a cup and lick it slowly with my fingers as an after meal treat. I can never pair it up with anything ! But the kili mooku mangai tastes best when broken and eaten right under the tree. I had don this several times and there is a distinct difference in taste when broken than cut. Only GOD knows why ;)

  4. We make something like this , call it chaatni :)
    Happy New year Indo, have a great year ahead

  5. Delicious pachadi, we make them for Tamil new year. Did you get the mangoes here?

  6. Oh, toast with butter and this spicy sweet mango melting on top, how decadent that would be! Of course I love the name of the mango, too ;)

  7. Brought back many memories..
    Summers back home meant Mango season. My uncle had a mango farm and he used to distribute those sweet as sugar ripe mangoes to us all and we enjoyed them at every meal. Achar made with unripe mangoes, many varieties of them were also shared among relatives and we all had enough to last the whole year.
    Here, I get to see only those sour-sweet Mexican mangoes..
    The pachadi looks mouth watering! I loved to lick freshly prepared mango pickles too when nobody's watching ;-) yummy!

  8. kili mooku manga and pachadi..yum..

    You know my favorite part is the mango-salt-redchili powder they sell at marina beach..just cut pieces of mango with chilies..mouth watering..

  9. You are making me crave for mangoes... I love anything made from green mangoes..

  10. wiish u ahppy new yr 2010,..

  11. ISG, Lovely receipes you got. I just want to wish u a very Happy New Year.

  12. Thanks ISG..U know with all the cold and sneezing, I am craving for puliyam sadam and mango pickle :(

    Wishing you all a very happy new year..Let me know when you come this side and we meet :)

  13. My taste-buds are definitely a-singing at the sight of this mango pachadi! That combined with a peek into your ammayee's ooru, makes it even more special. Also, makes me miss the sight of mangoes, green and smelling of sweet hay! Blissful!!

  14. Sun-ripe mangoes, the kiddy days of leisure and stealing bites of mango dipped in salt and chilli powder. You brought back all the memories.
    In Konkanis, we make a similar Paachadi. I like the tang it leaves after eating.
    Happy New Year ISG. Have a great year ahead....

  15. Looks great! This reminds me of the Methamba that we used to eat in Maharashtra.. though the method is a bit different from the one of methamba. I haven't used this on bread before, but I bet it would taste great there too!

  16. delicious pachadi Indo! Happy new year to you and yours :)

  17. happy new year, dear indo.

  18. Cilantro, I did get green mango here but not the kili mooku variety. These mangoes looked almost similar to that and were very sour.

  19. Its 9 am on a cold winter's morning and my mouth is watering just thinking about raw mangoes!!

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  20. Looks like I missed this mouth watering pickle..Looks awesome, Indo!


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