Thursday, February 4, 2016


It is summer time in Brazil and I am back into making pickles again. The city I live in is full of mango trees and Brazilians do not use raw mangoes. We Indians have a gala time plucking them and making mango dishes and pickles. Last summer I made quite a few pickles and was wondering what to make now.
I remembered a traditional Sindhi pickle that I had eaten during my childhood in my nani's place. "Potli Pickle".. grated mango is pickled in small bundles of muslin cloth. I still can remember the day when nani (mom's mother) opened a bundle and served a spoonful to all of us (me and my cousins) It was so much fun. Those were the days.. I wonder if kids ever eat pickle these days ??? However you must try out this pickle for your family. Open one potli and everyone shares a little at each meal. Interesting one isn't it !

Raw mangoes ... 6 -8
Mustard oil ...... 1/4 cup
Kalonji / onion seeds .. 1 tbsp
Fennel seeds .............. 1 tbsp
Crushed fenugreek seeds .. 1 tsp
Turmeric powder ..... 2 tsps
Red chilli powder .... 1 tsp
Asafoetida ............. 1/2 tsp
Jaggery or sugar ..... 1-2 tsps
Salt .................... to taste
Garlic pods ...... lightly crushed or whole (one for each potli)
Vinegar ........... 1/2 cup
Boiled and cooled water .. about 2 cups ( or as per the capacity of the jar )
Muslin cloth ........... cut into 5" x 5" squares.
Use a sterilized jar with a plastic lid.

Wash the mangoes and wipe them with a kitchen cloth.
Peel and grate the mangoes.
Mix all the ingredients mentioned in the list except garlic. Also mix half the quantity of mustard oil.
In a jar take the boiled and cooled water and add the vinegar, remaining oil and some turmeric and salt.
Now take a piece of muslin cloth and spoon a portion of the grated pickle mix that you have prepared.
Place a garlic piece either whole or lightly crushed in the center.
Tie the bundles by bringing the corners together or use a thread. Do not make a tight bundle.
Immerse these bundles into the jar and cover the lid.
Keep them in the sunlight for 2-3 weeks.

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  1. new, easy and tempting pickle, must try recipe...

  2. I never make pickle, but you make it look so straightforward! I really must try it - those spices sound great :)

  3. I just love to pickle peaches and I think mangos are a wonderful idea. Love the addition of heat spices to it as I think it could really enhance the flavors.

  4. Now I am wanting to make pickles! Wish I could get my hands on some raw mangoes here!

  5. I like the bundles - I see how they keep the spices well distributed in the grated mango.

    I take it these mangoes are also unripe? Here in New York City, I only see fully ripe mangoes - very sweet and soft.(They are a bit of a luxury, here.) It was a surprise to find them used for sour flavor in Indian cooking! I just have to use the powder in recipes...

    1. You might find these raw mangoes in Indian grocery stores Anne.

  6. Yum, I love anything pickled, although have to admit - I have never tried pickling a mango. Will have to try this out. Oh and yes - kids do eat pickles these days (well mine do at least :) )

    1. Oh nice to hear that your kid likes pickles.. Then you must try this one.

  7. This pickle looks delicious. Perfect with every meal. Love it :)

  8. I have read about this pickle long back, don't know where.. was quite intrigued by the way it is made in potlis..shall try your recipe sometime soon.

  9. What an intriguing method to make pickle potlis and immersing in the pickling mixture. Thanks for sharing a traditional recipe.

    1. Thanks Mayuri.. This recipe is almost a forgotten one now.. thesedays people just don't have patience to make things at home.. they are so used to buy the ready stuff.

  10. This pickle sounds tart and tangy and would be a flavorful addition to any meal

  11. I love mango pickle and this one sounds great. Leaving the pickle jars in the sun for a couple of weeks to mature is a great idea.

    1. Thanks Mina.. but this has been difficult for us in Mumbai with smaller apartments and no balconies.

  12. Wow such a interesting pickle shobha ji! Have never tasted something like this ! Would love to try it some time!


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