Avakkai pickle

Avakkai (Cut Mango) Pickle: (Andhra and Tamil Nadu style)

Ingredients:

  1. Raw green mangoes – 3 medium size, each cut into 6-8 pieces (sour variety) approx 4 cups
  2. Mustard seeds powder – 1 cup (sun dried- less than 1 cup mustard seeds)
  3. Red chili powder – 1 cup
  4. 2 Tbs fenugreek seeds
  5. Salt – 3/4 cup powdered white crystal salt
  6. Gingelly oil – 1 1/4 cups
  7. Methi seeds – 1 1/2 tsps

Method:

  • Wash raw mangoes, remove any dirt and dry the mangoes.
  • Wipe the mangoes with a cloth and cut them into pieces with the kernel intact.
  • Grind the sun dried mustard seeds to a fine powder. Set aside.
  • Grind the crystal salt to a fine powder. Set aside.
  • Take a large wide vessel or bowl and add red chili powder, mustard powder and salt and mix well with clean, dry hand. Add fenugreek seeds and 3/4 cup oil and mix well. Add mango pieces and mix well, let the mixture coats the mango pieces *.
  • Place the spice coated mango pieces in the jar. Now add remaining spice powder.
  • Pour 1/4 cup oil on top and cover the pickle jar with the lid.
  • After 4 days open jar and using a clean spatula mix the content. Pour 1/4 cup oil on top as the pickle needs to be covered in thin layer of oil. Cover the jar with lid. Let the pickle marinate for another 4 days.
  • After 8 days recheck the jar and taste the pickle. If needed add little more salt. The mango pickle is ready for consumption.
  • Serve avakkai with breakfast items or lunch and dinner items.

* If you are fond of Garlic, while preparing  pickle add few cloves of garlic for the pickle.

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