Raw mangoes are always a favorite that too during the summer. Its always fun to much on thin slices sprinkled with some chilliw powder and salt or simply salt. There is a type called “Arisi Maanga” which has less tanginess and you can munch on a whole mango all together at a time.
Mangoes are usually paired up with summer vacations. When we lived in Cuddalore our neighbour had a big mango tree. The problem is only the trunk and the roots are in his backyard and the entire tree is towards ours. So most of the mangoes comes to us while he watered the tree 😉
My sis a great kid on checking and identifying the mangoes in several stages. She knows which branch had the young ones, which ones were nearing ripening stage etc. We would climb on the terrace from where we can reach even the top most branches and would pluck mangoes in various stages.
Enough of the story and this pachadi is our family favorite and how much ever made we always lick the bowl clean. Usually its served as a side dish but I enjoy licking my fingers dipped in it from a cup after a hearty meal.
Raw magoes (skin removed and cut into 2 inch cubes ) – 4 cups
Jaggery – 1 cup
Salt – 1/4 tea spoon
Peanut oil – 1 tea spoon
Dry red chillies – 2
Coriander leaves – 1 Sprig
Mustard + Jeera seeds – 1/2 tea spoon
Asfoetida – 1 pinch
How to make it ?
In a thick bottomed vessel put the raw mango pieces and add 1/2 cup of water and cover it with a lid. Let it cook for 7- minutes or until the entire thing becomes mushy. Sprinkle the salt over it and add the jaggery now. In one or two minutes the jaggery will melt nicely and get blended with the mango. Give a taste and if u want it more sweeter add little more jaggery. Switch off the stove.
In a thick bottomed small vessel add the peanut oil and once hot add the mustard and jeera seeds. Once they pop add the asfoetida, curry leaves and split red chillies. Mix in low flame for 10 – 12 seconds and pur it over the mango mix. Mix well and serve with rotis or rice and dal.
You can have it as it is or even try it out as a spread for u’re bread.