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Monday, May 28, 2012


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If you ever speak to an Andhrite about their local cuisine you would either hear Avakaya or Gongura as their first preference.Andhra people prefer their food spicy and hence they have various varieties of pickles which they eat on daily basis.'Avakay (Raw Mango pickle)' can be considered as the king of pickles of Andhra.Though we prepare lots of other varieties of pickles we prepare Avakaya in a larger quantity.Traditionally any Andhra meal would ideally start with pickles like Avakay or any other vegetable pacchadi.(chutney)
During my childhood when the entire family meets during vacations,avakaya is mixed in a big bowl with either muddapappu (mashed up cooked toor dal) or spiced up pappula podi(fried gram powder) and dollops of ghee and is served to the entire family in the form of muddalu(rounds) during lunch.We add garlic pods to this pickle which when marinated gives a very nice taste to the pickle. I always search for garlic pods in avakaya pickle as they taste very nice with curd rice.One can even add kala chana or methi seeds to the pickle according to their preference.We added methi seeds this year to our Avakaya.
(makes approx 1 kilo)
Shelf life: 1 year

4 cups Mango pieces of 4-5 medium raw sour Mangoes (pickle variety,see the notes)
1 cup Mustard seed powder(ground from 1 cup mustard seeds)
1 cup Red chili powder(see notes)
1/3 cup Garlic pods
1 tbsp Methi seeds
1 cup (minus 3 tbsp) Salt(use salt less than 1 cup)
1 1/2 cup Sesame oil

cleaning the mangoes:
  • Wash and wipe the mangoes with a dry cloth.You really need to have sharp thick knife to cut into 1" thick mango wedges with the inner shell in tact as shown in the pictures.Here in India the shop keepers does this job during the mango season.
  • If the inner shell is in tact this will increase the shelf life of pickle.Take a sharp knife and scrub the inner shell to remove a thin white layer over it.This is another important step you should keep in mind otherwise the pickle gets spoil.
  • Now take a dry cloth and wipe the pieces from all the sides ensuring that they are cleaned and dried well.
  • Spread them over a dry cloth while you are preparing the spices for the pickle.

for making pickle:
  • Keep ready the sterilized and sun dried jars ready before you start pickling.
  • Grind mustard seeds(approx 1 cup)to a fine powder.
  • Remove the extra outer layers of garlic and keep just one thin layer intact with the pod.
  • Now take a big bowl and mix the mustard seeds powder,red chili powder and salt until everything is mixed well.

  • Add the mango pieces to it and mix well and apply the mixture all over the mango pieces with your hands.Using your hands for this step is better than mixing it up with ladle.
  • Add methi seeds and garlic pods to the mixed mixture and mix well.If you are using kala chana instead of methi seeds add them at this time.Use either methi seeds or kala chana in the recipe.

  • Add 1 1/4 cups of oil to the spice coated mango pieces and mix well.
  • Put the masala coated mango pieces and all the remaining masala in the sterilized jar add 1/4 cup oil over it and cover it with lid and keep it aside for 2-3 days.

  • On day-1 check it some oil might have started floating over the pickle.Now taste the masala mixture in the pickle,it should be perfect and slightly salty as the pickle has to be yet marinated for a day or two before its usage.But if you feel the salt is less add a tsp or 2tsps of salt to it and mix well.I don't think it would be necessary if you follow the measurements accurate.
  • Mix with a clean and dry ladle all over and repeat the same process on day-3.
  • On the day-3 if you see the oil is floating on the pickle up to an 1/2" height then it is perfect.Otherwise add extra sesame oil over the top until the oil floats on top.
  • Store it in a clean air-tight tupperware/ceramic/glass container.This way your pickle stores for long with freshness in it and even the mango pieces do not get soft and also would not change the color.
Serve it with hot rice and ghee.You can serve it with muddapappu(mashed up cooked toor dal) or pappula podi(spiced up fried gram powder) and ghee which are classic combos with avakaya.
  • Use pickle variety mangoes which are sour and also cut them in to the pieces with the inner shell in tact.
  • You can add 1/3 cup Kala chana in the recipe and avoid 1 tbsp methi seeds.You can use whatever you want,but use only one variety.
  • Use red chili powder which is specially used for pickles as this variety gives a nice and bright red color to the pickle and also it is not very spicy.My MIL brought a brand called 'Three Mangoes' which is good for pickles.It is not very spicy and also gave beautiful bright red color to pickle giving a fiery look.
  • Always transfer a small portion of pickle into a small jar and use a clean and dry spoon.
  • Increase the amount of sesame oil as required in the recipe.The basic thumb rule is to make the oil float over the pickle after 3 days.So feel free to add extra sesame oil.
  • This pickle stays good for an year.
  • You can easily double or triple the recipe,the basic rule is to use 4 cups of mango pieces with 1 leveled cup(1 cup minus 3 tbsp) salt,1 cup red chili powder and 1 cup mustard seeds powder.
Check out my earlier Mango pickle posts:


jeyashrisuresh said...

very flavorful and yummy pickle

Krithi said...

Perfectly done delicious pickle... wish you could link this to the Serve It Preserved event this month..

Chitra said...

wow, u made me drool... will have a plateful of curd rice just by seeing this pic ;)

Akila said...

My Telugu friend do this n give me when she comes from
India.... Always love it...

Raji said...

I am just salivating as I see your pickle the colour and garlic surely must have added nice flavour.

LG said...

I just can't stop drooling and gazing at it. Slurrp, yummm....

radha said...

Just had a nice generous helping of avakaya for lunch given by a friend. The smell lingers on the fingers!

Priya said...

My aunt's signature dish,she makes it very well and even i came back to Paris with a packet of her avakaya, seriously yours makes me drool..running to my fridge to have some.

Shobha said...

The pickle looks superb !
what a lovely red colour..makes it look tempting.

Priti said...

I love this one ...looks so fab ...I wish that jar was mine ;)

Shama Nagarajan said...

drooling pickle

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Great combination of mango with garlic pods....can imagine the taste by going through the recipe...looks extremely delicious


yummy pickle! wish to taste all your pickle recipes

Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious and spicy mango pickle recipe.

Spice up the Curry said...

this is just awesome. nice one

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Wow, I love your collection of all these yummy pickles. Your photographs are simply "superb".

jyotsna said...

hii! thanks for the recipe. this is something really exotic and looking forward to try it. however, in this part of country where i live, we do not get sesame oil. can it be substituted with any other oil like refined sunflower , ricebran etc?

thank you

Prathibha said...

@jyotsna..Sesame oil is best for south Indian of my aunt's uses groundnut oil for pickles.Make sure you heat the oil before and get it to the room temperature before adding to the pickle..follow the same process as I mentioned...I hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

You should edit and mention that the oil has to be heated and cooled to room temperature.

I was thinking all along it is oil added directly without heating until i read the comments.

Prathibha said...

@anonymous..I think you have not read the comment clearly...As the reader asked me that she wanted to use refined oil,I asked her to heat the oil and cool it before adding to the pickle..but if we are using sesame oil we need to add it directly,no need 2 heat it...I hope you got it..

Anonymous said...

Hi: I am seeing your post after several months. One question: When we add kala chana, should it be dry/raw? Or should it be soaked/raw (or will the moisture from soaking in water spoil the pickle)? Or should it be cooked? Please clarify? Thanks

prathibha Garre said...

@anonymous..Kala chana(black chickpeas) should be added dry and raw variety not the cooked or d soaked version...By the time the pickle matures even the kala chana would be soaked and absorbs the flavors and makes it no longer raw..I hope it is clear now

Anonymous said...

I just followed the recipe of yours and the pickle turned out so well. Just perfect. Thanx a lot.

Planet69 said...

Hello I came across your Blog. Thanks so much for sharing. I will definitely try your recipes. Reading the Mango Pickle recipe makes my mouth water. I love spicy food and love Andhra recipes.

Anonymous said...

we should add mustard powder as much we add the chilli powder is it?but got doubt that adding that much mustard powder gives bitterness or not? i just tripled the recipe of struck te mustard adding step... plz help... so that finish te pickle this nyt itself :)

Dreams said...

I tried this...Loved it..thanx...

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Ishmael Ali said...

Hi! thanks for your recipe. I made this today and I had a couple questions in hindsight. My mangoes are not as raw as the ones in the pictures and I accidentally chopped the garlic when I added it to the mixture. Will my pickle spoil? What does spoiled pickle look/taste like?

Sangeetha Narasimhan said...

Thank you pratibha for such a nice recipe of avakaya. I. Bought 2kgs of avakaya and tried it. turned out awesome. I. Mixed kashmiri chilli powder and regular chill powder. added some more oil. turned out to be perfect. Thanks again

Anonymous said...

I want to puchase avakkai pickle oiginal whee can i buy

Sai Jyoti said...

from where i can buy this in india. i really love this pickle with curd rice. Simply amazing with garlic pods

Jenny Dsouza said...

Thanks for sharing yummy things..
south indian restaurants in mumbai

Unknown said...

I have taste pickles red chilli powder is less can I put red chilli in pickles now

Anonymous said...

I have make pickles but red chilli powder and salt is less in that can I put it now

Anonymous said...

I have make mango pickles but salt and red chilli powder is less can I put it now

Anonymous said...

I don't like sesame oil smell in pickles can I heat that oil make it cool and add to pickles plz help me out

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