May 24, 2008

More South Indian Mango Pickles! Maangakari (Easy/ Instant Mango Pickle) and Maangai Thokku (Sliced & Cooked Mango Pickle)

I've been making mango pickles this month and this is something I've got into a habit of doing almost every summer for the past few years. Here are two of the them and they are not difficult to make.

Mangakari (Easy/ Instant South Indian Mango Pickle)

This is probably the easiest Indian mango pickle to be made. The most difficult part is chopping the mangoes!
This is a pickle one would find all over south India during summer when mangoes are plentiful. Most versions in Kerala also have vinegar but this version is as it is made in Palakkad Iyer homes.

A non-spicy version of this pickle is “Uppu Mangai” (where Uppu means salt and Manga means mango. The mangoes are chopped finely and just before serving, salted to taste. This is to be made in small quantities at a time, enough to serve at one meal, as the salt draws out the moisture in the mango and loses its freshness in a couple of hours.

Mangakari (Easy/ Instant South Indian Mango Pickle)


3 medium sized mangoes

(finely chopped and measures about 3 cups)

3 heaped teaspoons Kashmiri chilli powder

(adjust to preferred levels of spiciness)

2 -3 tsp sesame seed (til) oil

1/4 tsp asafetida

salt to taste

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 sprig curry leaves


Add the salt and chilli powder to the chopped mangoes, mix well and keep aside.

Now heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the asafetida and curry leaves, stir once and take off the flame.

Pour this mixture into the chopped mango mixture and mix well.
I usually add the mangoes to the pan with the tempering and mix everything in it. The residual heat of the pan softens the mangoes a wee bit.

Cool, bottle and refrigerate. Serve with curd rice (yogurt and rice) or according to preference.
This pickle will last about 5 days as it has very little oil.

Manga Thokku (Sliced & Cooked South Indian Mango Pickle)

This is another easy pickle to make and found in our homes during the summer and even later during the monsoon. This pickle lasts a little longer as it contains more oil, which acts as a preservative.

Manga Thokku (Sliced & Cooked South Indian Mango Pickle)


5 medium sized mangoes

1 tsp turmeric powder

salt to taste (adjust according to sourness of mangoes)

2 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder

(adjust to preferred levels of spiciness)

3/4 cup (til) sesame seed oil

1 1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp fenugreek powder (roast seeds and powder)

1/2 tsp asafetida

2 tbsp powdered jaggery (or as required)

1 sprig curry leaves


Peel the mangoes and, with a sharp knife, slice slightly thick pieces (see picture) off the mango into a bowl. I just thought I should mention that the mango slices in my picture are not ripe. They are raw but that colour.

Heat the oil in a wok/ pan. Add the mustard seeds. When they splutter add the asafetida, sliced mango, salt and curry leaves. Cook, on low heat, till the mango is soft.

Add the chilli powder and stir till the oil floats on the side of the wok/ pan. Now add the fenugreek powder and jaggery powder. The jaggery powder is added only to offset the sourness of the mangoes.

This is a spicy pickle and the jaggery should not impart any sweetness to it. Stir well till everything is well mixed. Take off the heat. Cool and bottle.
Though this pickle has a lot of oil, it would be a good idea to refrigerate it.


jayasree said...

Very true Aparna, there can be hardly any Palakkad iyer homes who dusn't prepare maangakari, atleast once during summer. Its my hubby's favorite.
A look at your maanga thokku pic is enough to make my mouth water.

Happy cook said...

My mouth is wattering while looking to the first pic.
My mom used to make it like this in the mangoseason.

zlamushka said...

the pickle is so inviting, both of them. Canot decide which one is better, so bookmarked them for later. thanks a lot :-)

I hope you re participating Tried & Tasted event this month.. we re cooking Caribbean.

Swati Raman Garg said...

maanga thokku looks so perfect... too good.. and i you have made it urself.. i remember having it in my childhood...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Aparna...
Mouthwatering recipe. Looks YUM!.... Have turned out so perfect. Love it...

Sig said...

Wow, I am drooling all over the keyboard... :)

Aparna said...

These are some of the pickles that I have been seeing made at home as far back as I can remember.

Rosie said...

Hi Aparna,those are delicious looking pickles :)

Rosie x