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Friday, 6 July 2012

From my Kitchen Diary vii

Last time I  had written some recipes  in which the main ingredient is mango. I am happy that my friends appreciated these recipes.Encouraged by such a tremendous  response, I am penning  down  a few  dishes made from mangoes.
 In olden days housewives used to make mango pickles in large quantities.I remember my mother used to make pickles. At least 10 to 15 kgs of raw mangoes were purchased. It was a Herculean job cutting them in equal size pieces. Preparing the masalas was not an easy job. All the ingredients were purchased fresh and pounded.Those days there were no sophisticated electrical gadgets to grind  masalas. In a nutshell, it can be concluded that pickle making was a two or three day job. Every thing was done at snail's speed. Now people have no time to indulge in such 'luxuries'. Therefore quick and instant methods have been devised to churn out  tasty dishes. Today I propose to write a few dishes made with mangoes as the main ingredient.
 1. Instant Mango Pickle:  
  i  Raw mangoes  2
  ii  Red chilli powder  2 tsp
  iii. Salt as per taste
  iv  Cooking oil - 4 tsps  ( I use coconut oil)
  v.  Asafoetida - a pimch
Method -  Cut the mangoes  in very small pieces. In  a container
mix salt, chilli powder  and the mangoes. Heat the oil, and  add asafoetida. Pour this oil on the mango mixture and  mix  it  very well. This pickle can be used for 8 to ten days if stored properly in a refrigerator.
2.Mango Raita  
i  Mangoes medium size - 4 ( we can use raw or ripe mangoes)
ii. Green chillies  -  4
iii. Curd   -  2 cups
iv.  Jeera powder ( cumin powder) - 1 tsp
v.  Grated coconut - 1/4 cup (optional)
vi.  Sugar (if raw mangoes are used)  - 1 tsp
vii. Mustard seeds  -  1/4 tsp
viii. Cooking oil - 2 tsps
Method - Beat the curd so that it becmes  smooth. Add  all the  ingredients except  the last two (serial no. vii and viii). Add grated coconut, if desired.  Stir very well. Heat the oil and add mustard seeds till they splutter. Add this to the Raita.
   3.Raw Mango Salad.
  i. Raw mangoes -  3. 
 ii. Tomato    -   1 (medium)
 iii.Bell pepper  - Yellow  1
 iv Bell pepper  - Green   1
  v. Onion   -   2 (medium)
 vi. Vinegar    -   5 tbsp
 vii.  Honey  -   2 tbsp
 viii.Salt  - according to taste
 ix. Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
 x. Coriander leaves - a small bunch
 xi. Green chillies - 4
Cut all the mangoes, peppers, tomatoes and onions in small pieces. Add salt, vinegar, pepper powder and honey, mix well and keep in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Decorate with coriander leaves and green chillies. Serve cold.
Hope my friends will enjoy preparing and relishing the above recipes!


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