Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Mango Chutney (Manga Pachadi)

Manga pachadi (Mango Chutney) is a dish which is prepared on Tamil New Year's Day. This dish welcomes the New Year with all it's tastes - sweetness from the jaggery, sourness from the mangoes, spiciness from the chillies and bitterness from the neem flowers. It represents the fact that your life will be filled with all kinds of emotions and you should embrace them with positivity.


1 raw mango
2 green chillies
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon urad dal
1 red chilli
1 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon ghee
2 tablespoons powdered jaggery
a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon dried neem flowers (optional)
2 cups of water


Peel the raw mango and cut it into medium sized cubes. Slice the green chillies into 2 pieces.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. 

When they start crackling add curry leaves, mangoes, green chillies and water.  Let it come to a boil. 

Add salt and jaggery powder to this and let it simmer till it forms a thick mixture.

Fry neem flowers in a little bit of oil or ghee till it turns dark brown. 

Add the neem flowers to the pachadi/chutney and serve hot with rice.

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