I am doing very well, thank you, in case you wondered.
Come Summer and Maavadu | Vadu Manga | Tender Mango pickle is a welcome delicacy, gives one – a good gut feeling. In the good old days, lady of the house, in South India successfully made it in bulk, shared in detail, her adventures relating to the tender mangoes selection, her recipe and then, distribute it in jars / bottles to all her near and dear, kith and kin, as she believed, ‘a success’ unshared, is a failure.
Only homemade pickles can claim to be healthy!
Pickles have higher content of salt, chilly and oil, necessary to preserve them for longer periods of time. If the pickle is homemade, ingredients used will definitely be natural, organic, genuine in comparison to a store bought one, where one questions the quality, quantity of ingredients and may even contain, chemical preservatives. I rest my case.
Prep Time : 9 days; Serves : 21
Maavadu | Vadu Manga | Tender Raw Mango – 9 cups
Sea Salt Powder – 1 1/4
Cold pressed Sesame Oil / Castor Oil – 1 tbsp
Turmeric – 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds – 1 tbsp
Red chilly powder – 2 tbsp
1. Wash, clean and dry the tender mangoes. Keep the tender mangoes in a glass or ceramic jar. Make sure to coat oil, turmeric powder and salt, evenly to all the mangoes and set aside for 2 days. Checking and tossing it around, every evening and morning and if possible, even in between. Two days later, the mangoes will ooze out water due to the salt applied.
2. Grind the mustard seeds in a dry grinder. Add mustard seeds powder and red chilli powder to the mangoes. Mix well, again set aside, for about a week. Check and toss it around, every evening and morning. Once the mangoes shrivel, shrink and absorb all the spices, it is ready for consumption. Store in glass bottles or ceramic jars. Refrigerate, in case, the weather is too hot but under ideal conditions, they can be kept outside to last for about 6 months to a year.(never tried that long, as I love this pickle)
Cook’s Note :
1. Keep the stems on the tender mangoes, if one plans to store this pickle for a long time.
2. If, not enough water oozes out of the mangoes, it means salt content is less, One can add about 1/4 cup more.
3. Sesame oil, is the better option, if Castor oil ( used as per traditional recipe) is not agreeable.
4. Use a fresh, clean and dry spoon every time you serve the pickle – helps to preserve the pickle longer.