Indian households thrive on their traditional recipes, and the dadi naani style of cooking brings that bond at the meal time. Aam ka achar or the raw mango pickle is one such recipe, which brings hundreds of family memories of summer holidays at naani’s home, helping our aunts make barnis( ceramic pots) full of this pickle.
Raw mango has its own tang which I enjoy just like that with some salt and chili on it, and this pickle has flavours of fenugreek and fennel, which acts as a digestive, and an integral part of our household.
The pickle is made differently in almost every other home, and we get used to a particular flavour. But still, when my friends taste this pickle at my place, they are reminded of their Granny. A smile and a wink at the same time are what this pickle does to you.
Naani used to allow the flesh on the wood ( or the internal hard seed) of the mango. This helped the pickle to retain the crunch, and we enjoyed eating it off the wood, as it has different fun all together than just biting the flesh.
Summers are the time when I wait eagerly for fleshy raw mangoes to be available in the market, There is a specific one called Raam Kela Aam, which is meant for the pickles due to its perfect sourness, and fleshy property and the inside wood is just thin enough so as to just hold the flesh.
Raw Mango acts as an appetizer, and a lot of traditional recipes in summers were made using raw mango at home. Another such recipe is of Aam panna, or the Raw mango dal is a staple during summers.
Try this quick easy recipe, with just a few small instructions, and I am sure you would get addicted to it, as it has that homely touch carrying high notes of flavours.
Aam ka achar/ Raw Mango Pickle
Raw mango slices with the wood on are rubbed in with salt with a mix of spices and dunked in Mustard oil, to give this rustic spicy pickle. This is best had with Parantha, Poori, and can be had with rice and dal also. This is a traditional recipe.
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