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Thursday, March 29, 2018

vadumangai pickle/baby mangoes in brine

Come summer and here is raw mango recipe. The month of Maasi ( Tamil name)  which falls from February 15 Th to March 15th is known for tiny mangoes and they call it maasi mani manga. The first kind of pickle made with new arrivals in tree. There are varieties in the mangoes. Some are plucked ( with stalk) some young mangoes fall off with breeze or due to first summer shower. The ones with stalk are good for pickle which stay year long. This is oil free preparation and stay in the brine which is formed with adding salt. Castor oil is used to keep mangoes crisp and also from not getting decayed. Here in Hyderabad we seldom get to see in market. Rarely we get from trees in the neighbourhood. And we don’t pluck from the tree, rather leave to grow big for use to make avakai.  I have tried with the tiny ones which fell from tree but they are bitter. However I received this from my sister and going ahead with the preparation. It takes initially 3 days to make. But standing time wld be a month. More than anything this brings the nostalgic feeling of everyone’s childhood. Specially the summer school ( call it morning school) when we have half day classes. Since it starts early our mom used to give us curd rice  with Vadu manga. It will be heavenly. Now it is our turn to make pickle though kids are not of school going age.
I have a special mention here to share about this recipe. Recently we had a sleeper over with my childhood friend and relative in our place. We shared a lot and this recipe was one among them. Though I refer many recipes for Vadu manga, this time I am following the one shared  by the couple. It is a full proof recipe as per them. Thanks to Gayathri and Sreedhar.Here is the recipe,
Gayathri this is not the Manga from KOVAI PAZHAMUDHIRCHOLAI OR FROM TAMIL NADI. They are from Safilguda.



INGREDIENTS


Mango
1 kg
Salt
60 GMs
mustard
50 gms
Dry red chilli
10 to 15
Castor oil
few drops
I prepared half kilogram mango and used the ingredients accordingly.

Ingredients
Measure in weight as given below


mangoes half kilogram

salt 30grms,mustard 25gms,red chilli 8 to 10,haldi 1/2 tsp and castor oil few drops


Dry roast rock salt


Powder when it is room temperature


Add few drops of castor oil to the bowl with mangoes

Add haldi

Add salt



Mix well


Cover and leave for two days
After two days it looks like below



The water on the third day to be drained


The water removed


boil the water

Add red chilli and boil

Sun dry the mustard

Make powder

Add this to mangoes


Grind the red chilli when cool
The paste of chilli with the drained water

Add to mangoes


Mix well and store in air tight glass jar

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Turkey berry/Pacha sundakai puli Kuzhambu


Turkey berries/ Sundakai has lot of medicinal benefits. Dried berries are also consumed , fried in oil and used making baths Kuzhambu. Raw berries are tiny and tasty when used in sambar , curry and puli Kuzhambu. Here is a traditional village type recipe which is prepared in clay pot. Since there were berries growing in our terrace garden I thought of using these tiny eggplant like berries for the first time . After browsing for recipes I came across one in YouTube and started preparing following the recipe. I am posting the recipe with stepwise preparation with pictures. It really tasted yummy.
Village style puli kuzhambu
in mann chatti

Puli kuzhambu in clay pot

Turkey berry one cup

Grated coconut one cup,garlic 12, tamarind extract one cup
two tomatoes, curry leaves and cilantro


One tablespoon chilli powder, 2 tablespoon kuzhambu podi, half tablespoon turmeric
and salt as required

Items for tadka
one tablespoon each of mustard seeds, urad dal, chena dal
cumin seeds, half tablespoon of methi seeds and four chilli

Wash and crush mildly the berries in mortar and pestle
till they just open

Crushed berries
Drain under running water

Heat two tablespoon oil

Items to be roasted
one tablespoon dania, six galic pearls, one cup grated coconut
curry leaves and two cut tomatoes













Add 15 nos small onions



Cool the roated ingredients
Take in a mixie jar


Make fine paste



In a clay pot heat 5 tablespoon oil

Add the tadka items
rai, urad dal, chena dal, jeera


Add methi seeds


Balance 6 garlic pearls


Red chillis

 


Balance 10 nos onion



Add berries



Saute till it changes colour

Add haldi


Add chilli powder

Add kuzhambu milagai thool

Add salt


Cook on low flame

Add ground paste



Some water

Mix well




Add tamarind extract






Boil for five minutes




Serve with hot rice


Yummy lunch
combo of north and south Indian thali

Courtesy: www.alltastyrecipe.com