March 24, 2021

Maangai Pisaral | Instant Mango Pickle | Maanga Oorgai


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 The very name of raw mango is enough to salivate our taste buds and make us drool . Such is the power of the tanginess and unique taste that a raw mango exuberates . 

Today , I shall be sharing a quick and instant recipe of a tasty mango pickle which doesn't need any elaborate ingredients or pre and post processing . 

Known  by various names ; Maanga pisaral , Maangai thundam , Maanga Keeru , Maamidikaya pachadi , kalyana Manga oorga etc etc .. this pickle doesn't have a very long shelf life but tastes very heavenly and is served in almost all  South indian weddings during summer.  Usually the thothapuri /kilimooku mango variety is used to prepare this instant mango pickle

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Offlate most of us are shying away from eating pickles for various health reasons.  As much as I agree on the health part of it , at times I love to take a bite of some spicy and tangy mango pickle and enjoy it with some chilled curd rice on a hot sunny afternoon.

For a South Indian, no meal is complete without the creamy curd rice and specially in summers  curd rice is  soothing and divine when served with some fresh manga pisaral.

Maanga pisaral is totally vegan and you can make it even Gluten free by skipping the asafoetida used for tempering. 

 Mangai thundam tastes heavenly and very flavorful when prepared using gingelly oil for the tempering, but you can use any other edible cooking oil too. I would highly recommend using only Gingelly/Sesame/Til oil to get the authentic flavor and taste. 

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Preparation Time - 5 mins
Cooking Time - nil 
Serves - 2 to 3 
Complexity - easy 

Ingredients 

1 medium sized raw thothapuri mango /kilimooku maanga  or any variety raw mango .
1.5 tsp red chilli powder 
1/2 tsp turmeric/haldi 
Salt as needed 
1tbsp sesame oil/til oil 
1tsp mustard seeds 
Pinch of asafoetida (skip for GF)

Method 


  • Wash and peel the mango . Chop into small cubes and transfer into a dry mixing bowl .
  • Add the chilli powder, salt, turmeric to the chopped mango and mix it well.
  • Heat the gingelly oil in a pan , splutter the mustard seeds ,turn off the stove and add the asafoetida if using and the gently pour it over the mango mix.
  • Gently mix it such that the tempered oil coats the mango mixture evenly . Rest it for 20 mins for the flavors to steep in and then serve .
  • Store it in the fridge and consume within 2 days as this is an instant version and has a low shelf life unlike the processed pickles .

Some other lipsmacking recipes using Raw Mango which you can try this summer !! 









Maangai Saadham / Mango Rice



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March 22, 2021

Watermelon Lemonade


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As much as I love to gorge on sweet watermelon wedges ,my family loves to have chilled watermelon lemonade and I add some freshly squeezed lemon juice and a pinch of black salt making it very tasty and delicious.  This drink serves as a perfect welcome drink during any get togethers , kitty parties and if you are hosting a special Holi party in the coming days , surprise your guests with this refreshing watermelon lemonade and they would feel charged up after playing Holi .

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At home we prefer to drink naturally cooled water from the mud pot and also we look for natural coolers to sip on through the day to quench our thirst.  

Some favorite and healthy coolers that we love as family to drink that I would like you to try to keep you refreshed this summer .

Jaljeera (flavored cumin drink) 


This week in India we celebrate a festival of colors called Holi which marks the beginning of spring and end of winter .Though this festival is celebrated all over India , the northern part of India celebrates this festival with pomp ,joy and galore.  Family, friends ,relatives all get together and enjoy by splashing colors , water, water balloons and then rejoice a heavy lunch with a lot of special delicacies .  I am waiting to lay my hands on fresh black grapes to sip on Sasmita's  recipe of Red grapes virgin Mojito  

Keeping this festival in mind ,Sasmita suggested we have a very vibrant and colorful theme for the 290th Monday in our FmBH and called it RangBirange - we all unanimously decided to share some colorful drinks to welcome Summer and also virtually enjoy Holi . So come let's all rejoice with a vibrant and bright red colored watermelon lemonade.
Preparation Time - 10 mins
Cooking time - nil 
Serves - 2 to 3 
Complexity - easy 

Ingredients 
3 cups watermelon cubes (deseeded) 
1/2 lemon
2-3 glasses chilled water 
Pinch of black salt / kaala namak
2 to 3 tsp sugar 

Method 
  • Blend the watermelon cubes and sugar  in a blender and strain it to remove the pulps if any .
  • Add the chilled water , lemon juice, black salt and mix well. 
  • Keep refrigerated and serve chilled in tall glasses .
  • You may add some fresh mint leaves just before serving.
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Watermelon lemonade is a natural and refreshing summer drink to keep us hydrated and energized from scorching summer heat.







March 15, 2021

Kaakdi Koshimbir | Indian style cucumber salad


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 I am so happy to be sharing this recipe on my blog today . Kaakdi koshimbir is a typical Maharashtrian style cucumber salad with a garnish of fresh coconut and roasted peanuts .

This Desi style salad has some rustic flavors from the tempering of cumin/jeera and asafoetida which is mixed into the salad . It hardly takes 10 mins to put this salad together and it can be served alongside a regular meal or as an accompaniment for barbecues or meal starters.

This salad is very refreshing and hydrating especially during summers . The cucumbers provide the necessary hydration to our body to keep us cool .

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Thanks to Poonam who is the hostess for the 289th week Foodie Monday Bloghop (FMBH) and she suggested we share some healthy salads which will be perfect for the ongoing summer . In my part of the world ,the mercury is already soaring and we are experiencing severe heat and we are looking for various ways to beat the heat and keep us cool .  Poonam's vermicelli salad is very unique and healthy and definitely on my to do list soon .

 I try to incorporate cucumbers in many ways during summer and even other wise as it is a vegetable that is loaded with health and goodness . 

Cucumbers are natural detoxifiers and antioxidant that help remove toxins from our body . Cucumber is also rich in many other minerals and nutrients which help in digestion, maintaining of skin,manages stress  etc.

Some cucumber based recipes on my blog which you may want to try 

Vellarikaai Kootu / South indian style cucumber curry 
Pahadi Raita 
Southekaayi Kosambri 
Cucumber Pancakes 

For this kaakdi koshimbir  ,I have used English cucumbers which are almost seedless and we can use them as it is without deseeding . Incase you use the native Indian variety of cucumbers, then ensure to deseed before using it in the salad .

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Preparation Time - 10 mins

Cooking Time - nil 

Complexity - easy 

Serves - 3 to 4

Ingredients 

2 to 3 cucumbers 
Handful of roasted peanuts (skip if allergic) 
2- 3 tbsp fresh coconut grated 
Pinch of salt 
Pinch of sugar 
2 green chillies slit 
1 tsp cumin seeds 
1/2 tsp oil 
Pinch of asafoetida 
Few curry leaves 

Method 


  • Peel the skin of the cucumbers and chop of the top and bottom ends .
  • Cut into small cubes and add to a large mixing bowl along with grated coconut and roasted peanuts. 
  • Prepare a tempering of cumin/jeera by heating the oil and fry the slit chillies and curry leaves in the same oil .Lastly add the asafoetida and pour it over the chopped  cucumber .
  • Add freshly chopped corriander ,salt and sugar and lightly toss it and mix well and serve immediately. Do not let it rest for a long time as the cucumbers, salt and sugar will release water and the salad will become soggy and loose the crunch .

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Kaakdi koshimbir is a typical Maharashtrian style cucumber salad with a garnish of fresh coconut and roasted peanuts