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Maangai Araitchukalakki (Brined Mangoes In A Spicy Coconut-Yogurt Gravy)

I was just looking through my posts here this past month and realized that it is happening again. My blog is in grave danger of losing its identity and becoming a baking blog! Everything in my virtual and diverse kitchen is becoming less diverse and more “oven-centric”
Servings 4 serving


  • 2 to 3 mangoes brined baby
  • 1 cup coconut freshly grated
  • 2 to 3 green chillies (adjust as required)
  • 3 cups yogurt fresh thick
  • to taste salt
  • 1 1/2 tsps mustard seeds
  • 3/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsps black gram lentils (urad dal)
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida powder
  • 1 chillies dried red
  • sprig curry leaves


  • Remove the mangoes from the brine and cut them each in half (including the soft seed) and grind them with the green chillies and coconut, adding just enough water, into a fine paste.
  • Add this paste and salt to the yogurt and mix well. Remember the mangoes have been preserved in brine and add the salt accordingly.
  • The coconut-yogurt paste should be the consistency of a thickish gravy and will resemble a coconut chutney. Taste-wise, it should be slightly spicy with a slight tang from the mangoes.
  • If you are not serving this immediately, you may refrigerate it.
  • Just before serving, heat the oil in a small pan and add the mustard seeds. When they splutter add the lentils and and stir a couple of times till they start becoming golden. Break the red chillies into 2 or 3 and add them to the oil. Now add the fenugreek seeds and the asafetida powder and stir a couple of times. Do not let the fenugreek seeds brown too much.
  • Take the oil and spices off the heat, add the curry leaves, mix once again, and pour this oil-spice mixture into the araitchukalakki.
  • Serve with warm rice, a vegetable side dish and pappads/ sun-dried fritters (appalam or karuvadam). Araitchukalakki is also served as a side dish along with this or this molagootal and rice.


brined baby mangoes recipe here
This recipe serves 3 to 4.
And onto another matter related to food, food bloggers and foodblogs.
Srivalli of Cooking 4 All Seasons is organising a Food Blogger Meet at Chennai, for Indian food bloggers.
Details of the event :
Where: Chennai, India
When: 9th May (Sunday), 2010 at 3:00 pm
Who can attend: Any Food blogger
If you would be interested in being a part of this meet and for further details, please contact her or leave a comment on her blog at this post, so that she would have an idea of how many bloggers are likely to be there.
The last date to confirm attendance is April 20th 2010.