Sometimes fried,sometimes ground

What’s a coconut without a Keralite? I mean what’s a Keralite without his  share of coconut?

The coco-nutty  malayalee cooks the entire range of  taste bud tickling dishes ranging from sweet to spicy to the sour with the coconut.

So when the first mango of the season  makes its appearance in the local push carts, I get myself a kilo of mangoes  for about 60  Rs. I am thrilled.Anything to save money usually does that to me! As I prepare myself for  the cooking the manga kootan or the ripe mango curry, my mouth is already watering anticipating the taste.

During summer holidays in those days when I was young back in Varandhirapilly, a small town in Trichur, the challenge was always to chew on maximum number of ripe mangoes. Unlike the prized cashew nuts, grand father never really bothered if any body ate a lot many mangoes or jack fruit for that matter. We had a free will to choose to have as many as we wanted of which ever type that too. So, once a bucket full of ripe mangoes were gathered from grand father’s sprawling property by some elder in the morning, we the kids would get ready to make the best use of it.The mangoes sat in the bucket tainted, muddied, some times bitten by birds  but mostly fresh and ripe ready to have after you gave it a good wash.

We,the kids who visited our grand parents and some of my uncles who were kids themselves, vied with each other to finish the day’s pick.. The ladies of the house would slyly select their share for the after noon mango curry, leaving the rest for others.

Sitting on haunches in a line on the verandah, akin to monkeys, with some 5 to 10 carefully picked ripe mangoes washed and kept close for easy reach, we would compete on chewing  each mango clean and  dry and then throwing the seed  as far away as  one could.

When one was tired of mangoes, there were enough and more ripe cashew fruits to have. The sharp twang of the cashew fruit can sometimes burn your tongue.  Then there was of course jack fruit which my mother or my aunt would  cut and distribute  evenly among the kids who were always a hungry lot.

Grand mother would chip in asking mom to keep aside the best ones for grand father.

Some times the heat and the over dose of ripe mango and other fruits  can quite upset your tummy. My favourites apart from Mango, jack fruit, guava included fruits called lubikka and champakka. These I managed to get from my aunts house due to my friendship with her father.

Well, over come by a bout of nostalgia and homesickness I  head to the kitchen to prepare my pazhutha manga kootan or ripe mango curry. Here it goes

Manga Kootan or Ripe Mango Curry- Recipe

Ingredients

3-4 or more ripe mangoes -the smaller juicy variety

2 cups grated coconut

3 cups curd

3 to 4 green chillies

a sprig of curry leaves

1 tsp of mustard seeds

salt to taste

1 red chillly

So its quite simple.

Boil the peeled ripe mangoes with turmeric, chilly powder and salt in a pot. Add  a piece of two of jaggery into the pot depending on the sweetness of the ripe mangoes that you have.

Take the grated coconut and grind it with green chillies and curd in a mixer. Keep it aside.

Add the mixture into the pot of boiled ripe mangoes and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Heat a spoonful of coconut oil in a pan .Into it put half a spoonful of mustard and curry leaves and the red chilly.Once the mustard seeds crackle add the boiled mango curry into the pan and the ripe mango curry is ready to taste.

So you grind, fry or sweeten your coconut, its forever going to taste good. If you want to have something tangy and spicy,  here’s what you can do to make  Pacha manga chamandhi- or raw mango paste. You can have it with rice,dosa or whatever else you want to have it with.

Here it goes!

Pachamanga chammandhi- Recipe

Take one raw mango and peel the skin off. Take a few pieces of coconut and 2 -3 red chillies and fry it shallow in a spoonful of cooking oil. In a mixer, add raw mango pieces, depending upon how tangy you want it , fried coconut pieces, shallow fried red chilly and salt to taste. Grind it. It will be better not to make the paste too smooth. Add a little coconut oil for better taste and aroma.

Sometimes fried

sometimes ground

coconut

all the year round.

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6 thoughts on “Sometimes fried,sometimes ground

    1. Yes, I being coconutty would be gifted with all the coconuts my north Indian friends would get from the temple. They wouldn’t know what to do. For me its like what not to do!
      Thanks, Moondustwriter..what a lovely name!

  1. Your ripe mango curry sounds delicious. Mangoes were so much more plentiful in Hawaii when I first moved here. In season, people would leave bags filled with mangoes at the bus stops for anyone to take. The local mangoes lifted from the ground are so much more flavorful than any sold in the grocery stores – already washed and shined and mostly devoid of flavor!

    Gail’s 2016 April A to Z Challenge
    S is for Save Our Planet

    1. Local fruits are always delicious, aren’t they? There is so much more I can do with Mangoes. As you said the tastiest fruits I have had are those we plucked or picked… others which look so glossy and manicured are well for sale! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment:-)

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