In an earlier post, from a long long time ago, I got a little nostalgic about Hot summers and the mango pickle. Today, I am just cutting to the chase and going to share my mother's Aavakaya(Mangoes pickled in mustard and red chilli sauce) recipe ;-) If you are making a trip to the vegetable shop/market(Indian) this weekend, do not miss the chance of picking up good quality raw mangoes and pickle them to make this spicy pickle.
250g mango pieces (I used 3 avg size mangoes. Recommend using raw ones before they turn yellow. Remove the stone and cut along with the hard bit using a sharp chopping or slicing knife)
80g red chilli powder (adjust to spice level)
80g mustard powder (use ready made. alternatively powder raw mustard seeds in an Indian mixie- make sure it doesn't turn into paste )
200-250 ml vegetable oil (recommend gingelly oil or peanut oil)
Garlic cloves from 1 whole garlic bulb ( each clove should be thin like the ones available in India, else slice lengthwise to match the Indian ones)
Methi powder -1/2tsp
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds -2tsp
Cumin seeds -2tsp
1)Take all the mango pieces, wash and wipe them with a clean cloth to remove moisture. Putting them in a sunny spot for about an hour will also help to make sure no moisture creeps into the pickle.
2)Meanwhile heat the oil in a deep bottomed vessel/kadai. Be careful with this step and Before it gets too smoky toss mustard seeds and cumin seeds in the oil and switch off the heat. Leave it in a safe place to cool to room temperature.
3)In a bowl, mix red chilli powder, mustard powder, salt and mango pieces( just like in the picture I posted) When the oil is ready to handle, mix it with the above mixture of mango pieces. Everything should mix well and there should be oil floating on the top. If not heat more oil, let it cool and add
4) also mix the methi powder, jeera powder, turmeric and garlic cloves. Mix properly, Cover and leave it to rest
5) Keep checking every now and then to see it the pickle is ok :-D. After 2 or 3 days mix thoroughly and taste. you can adjust salt and oil at this stage also it seems. move the pickle into an airtight container preferably ceramic or glass. Enjoy!