- Raw Mangoes – 2(400gms)
- Turmeric Powder – 1tsp
- Salt – 55gms (Or to Taste)
- Roasted Fenugreek Powder – 20gms
- Red Chili Powder – 40gms
- Oil – 150gms
- Oil – Remaining after adding in the pickle
- Fenugreek Seeds – 1/4tsp
- Mustard Seeds – 1/2tsp
- Asafoetida – 1/8tsp
- Red Chilies – 2 (Break each into two pieces)
First we need to wash mangoes. Drop the mangoes in a bowl of water. After 15 minutes, wash the mangoes by rubbing with fingers. Wipe the washed mangoes with a dry cloth and keep them aside for few minutes to dry completely. Peel the mangoes and grate them using a box grater. The weight of the grated mangoes is 285gms.
Take a dry bowl and add grated mangoes. To this grated mangoes add turmeric powder and salt. Mix the mango mixture well. Transfer the mango mixture to a dry ceramic jar. Cover the jar with lid and keep it aside at a dry place for one day. After 24 hours moisture oozes out of the mangoes. Transfer the mango mixture into a wide bowl. Separate the juice from grated mangoes by pressing between fingers. Spread the pressed grated mangoes in a plate. Dry the grated mangoes and the juice in hot sun. Remove the juice from sun after two hours otherwise it will evaporate. Dry the grated mangoes till evening till crisp. Meanwhile make other preparations.
Heat a pan and add oil to it. Heat the oil thoroughly and switch off the flame. Cool the oil to room temperature.
Heat a pan and add fenugreek seeds. Fry the seeds on low flame stirring continuously. Fry the seeds till they are browned entirely. Stirring while frying, ensures even browning of the seeds. To test this take a fried fenugreek seed and crush it with a heavy thing. The crushed seed should appear evenly browned. Till such time fry the seeds on low flame stirring continuously. Once fried take the seeds into a plate and cool them. Take a dry mixie jar and add the roasted fenugreek seeds and grind. Take the prepared fenugreek powder into a bowl and keep it aside.
Heat a pan and add oil. When oil is hot add fenugreek seeds and fry till seeds change color slightly. Then add mustard seeds and fry till they crackle. Then add asafoetida and red chili pieces and mix . add the prepared seasoning to the prepared pickle and mix well. The aroma of asafoetida fills the space. Take a dry ceramic jar and transfer the prepared pickle into it. Cover the jar with lid and store the pickle in a dry place. Serve this pickle with plain rice or as an accompaniment with dal rice, curd rice, idli, dosa, utappam or pesarattu.
Points to Remember:
Use dry hands, spoons and utensils to avoid spoiling of the pickle.
Use sour mangoes to make the pickle.
Salt may be adjusted depending upon the sourness of mangoes.
Sun drying the juice for longer time evaporates and nothing will be left. So depending upon the quantity of juice obtained, dry it for that long period.
While frying fenugreek seeds:
At times the heat will be more even when we are SIM frying. It is advisable removing the pan from heat in between to avoid burning of the fenugreek seeds. While frying the fenugreek seeds it is very important to stir continuously.
Do not sift the fenugreek seeds powder—the coarse fenugreek seeds powder adds texture to the pickle.
Take some oil and keep it aside for seasoning and then add the remaining oil to the pickle.
While frying the seasoning:
Add mustard seeds when the fenugreek seeds are slightly browned. Then fry the mustard seeds till they crackle fully. Half fried mustard seeds, spoils the seasoning. After that add asafoetida and red chili pieces and immediately transfer the seasoning on to the prepared pickle. Frying asafoetida for long time burns it and spoils the taste—similarly frying red chili pieces for long time changes their color to dark brown or even black (at times) spoils the taste of the seasoning. So it is advisable to switch off the flame after frying fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds and then add the asafoetida and red chili pieces. The heat of the oil will be sufficient to fry the asafoetida and red chili pieces.
upon the sourness of mangoes salt may be adjusted. If the mangoes are too sour
they ooze out more juice when mixed with salt. In such cases the juice may be
dried in sun for a longer period.
the pickle is prepared using dry hands and dry utensils it will last for a
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