Sunday, November 16, 2014

AVAKKAI PICKLE / AVAKAYA PACHADI / ANDHRA MANGO PICKLE



This is my favourite pickle so spicy and delicious. I have childhood memories attached to it. Always my friend's mom used to make for us many varieties apart from avakkai.. After marriage I started making it at home. Andhra pickles are very spicy.But the chilli level reduces a bit as time goes by if you make a large quantity to last for the whole year. Some also add chana to this pickle too. If you don't like it so spicy you can reduce the quantity of chillies.

Ingredients:
Raw mangoes .... 7-8 (about 5-6 cups cut pieces)
Garlic (crushed or whole )   12 - 15 pieces
Red chilli powder .. 3/4 th cup
Mustard seed powder ..... 1/2 cup
Methi seeds powder ...... 2 tbsps
Turmeric powder ...... 4 tbsps
Salt ....... about 1/4 cup  (it helps to preserve the pickle too)
Asafoetida ... 1 tsp
Sesame oil .... 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups


Method:
1. Wash the mangoes and wipe them with a cloth. Cut them into small bite size pieces.
2. Sprinkle a little salt and spread them on a cloth. Dry them for a day or two if you have the facility or else you can leave it inside the house for few hours.
3. Lightly dry roast the mustard and methi seeds and grind them.
4. Now mix all the spice powders together and also the salt.
5. Heat oil in a pan to a smoking point and switch off the gas.
6. Add the crushed or whole garlic and asafoetida in the oil when it cools down a bit.
7. Let the oil cool down completely.
8. Mix the spice powders and mango pieces together. If making a large quantity you can layer them in the jar.
9. Pour the oil and shake it well to mix. If you want to stir it use a wooden spoon.
10. Keep the jar in the sunlight everyday for the pickle to mature.
Store it in the refrigerator when it is ready.


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