Sunday, September 11, 2011

Raw peanut and mango relish

Have you watched the documentary 'Food Inc'? Did it in any way change the way you purchase your food especially meat products? Increasingly I am hearing from a lot who made the decision to stop eating meat completely and gone vegetarian, others have become discriminating in the way they source their meat and a few others are thinking about it and searching for alternative sources to purchase their meat.

I am curious to know which category you belong to. Can you indulge me and take part in a small survey? Available on the right side bar. Thank you.

Obesity is no more just an American problem. Obesity is a growing problem in India as well. While in the US it is an acute problem among the poor and lower income people with no easy availability of fresh produce or simply cannot afford the cost associated with purchasing fresh food. Money of course goes farther when purchasing fast food.

In India it is the opposite in the demographic that is affected by obesity. It is the affluent that seem to be the most afflicted with weight related diseases. They have the purchasing power to indulge in overly processed packaged, rich foods that feed empty calories. Moreover the once active Indian society is increasingly becoming sedentary with children rarely playing outside but spending a large amount of time watching TV. No wonder children are the group that is also affected.

Part of the problem lies in not being able to differentiate good and bad foods. In a country where being fat is considered being prosperous, obesity is the last thing people worry about I guess.

With growing affluence and demand for meat rising sharply, I bet the factory method of raising animals practiced here in the US is probably already adopted in India as well. It would be a couple of decades before someone does a documentary on issues related to factory farming in India.

It would certainly help to know more about the farms and the conditions in which animals are raised. So if you get a chance please watch this documentary.

Now on to the recipe,

I saw this delicious looking Hot and sweet mango relish on Amma's special and as luck would have it there was a raw mango sitting in the fridge. The thought of combining raw peanuts and raw mango in a relish came to mind and that is what I did.

Raw mango and Raw peanut relish
1. 1 raw mango washed and cut into cubes
2. 1 cup raw peanuts
3. 6 dried red chilies
4. a tiny pinch of asfoetida
5. 2 tbsp jaggery
6. 1 tbsp red chili powder
7. 2 tsp fenugreek seeds + 2 tsp mustard seeds
8. seasonings - mustard seeds , curry leaves, urad dal
9. 1 tsp turmeric powder
10. salt to taste
11. 2 tsp of oil
12. 1 tsp sesame oil

1. Heat oil in a pan, add the urad dal, mustard seeds and curry leaves
2. Add the chopped mango pieces and the turmeric powder and about 1 1/2 cups of water and let it cook covered for about 10-15 minutes
3. In the meantime boil the peanuts drain and set aside
4. Roast the mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds and make a powder
5. Once the mango is soft add the powdered mustard fenugreek powder and chili powder and give a good mix and let cook for 2 minutes
6. Now add the peanuts and mix
7. Add the jaggery, sesame oil and salt and let it cook for another 5 minutes

Goes for anytime you want a sweet, hot and sour relish.

1. The peanuts add a crunch and a slightly different taste
2. Follow the original linked recipe for a pure mango relish
3. It tastes best a day later when the peanuts have absorbed the spices
4. Put in the refrigerator after 2 days


  1. That wnoderful combo and two of my fav things ...loved it

  2. Please slow down and read your recipe before you post it. You said
    "boil the peanuts drain and set aside". You never mentioned when to add to the cooked mangoes. Since most of us also know some cooking, we know you missed writing that. So just take your time, it is your blog, no body is rushing you. Just a friendly suggestion.

  3. Woww quite an incredible relish, seriously delicious..

  4. Anonymous:
    Thanks for pointing out the missing step. But pardon me I do not appreciate your attitude and it does not seem friendly even if you state it. I do not appreciate bullies.

  5. I have no watched the programme yet, didn't even know about it.
    Never thad this relish but it sounds so so delish.
    I think if the anon comes to my blog,he/she will blast me fully as I have so much mistakes, I totally agree to your comment back to Anon. And plus I apriciate much more if someone suggest something that at least they have the simple courtsey to write their name.

  6. How unique... must be very tasty.
    Hope you weren't affected by the rain and flooding indo.

  7. Thanks Laavanya, luckily we were not affected. Hope you were fine too.

    Finla, you should watch the documentary if you get a chance. absolutely agree, if they can't post their name then there is no need for their suggestions right?

  8. This should go very well with Rotis or rice when you need something in a jiffy- midway between a pickle and s chutney!

  9. I did watch the documentary and was really upset for the whole day and where is this all processing headed to??? heaven knows and the choices of food we make here determines our health.

  10. Indo, , its not only with meat, I recently read a book called 'The Great Tomato' book which describes the plastic/unreal tomatoes that we are consuming day to day....too sad!
    also since I do not eat meat ( though hailing from a typical non veg eating, kongu region), the food Inc documentary had nothing much to do with my purchasing habits, but still it is a must watch@


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