Monday, March 15, 2010

Tasty,tangy Mango Thokku

Mango season must be on in Chennai.  I can imagine the scene in Mylapore Mada Veedhi where roadside vendors would be flooded with Avakkai mangoes and the small Vadu mangoes too. The vendors are very enterprising that they would offer to chop the mangoes for Avakkai with the shell after the purchase. You need special chopping knife to do the cutting.  Of course, nowadays one can find 'Kili mooku mango' (Literally meaning, the tip of the mango is slightly hooked and resembles the parrot beak ) almost 365 days in one place or the other.  This mango is best suited for 'Thokku'.  While visiting the temple in Dubai, I was overwhelmed to find these in the Indian store near the temple.  Grabbed some and here is the outcome.


Ingredients:
Raw mangoes - 2
Chilly powder - 3 to 4 tbsp
Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Salt
Sesame seed Oil - 1/4 cup

Dry roast Methi seeds and grind it finely and keep aside.  Wash the mangoes and dry it well. Peel the skin and chop into thin slices. You can either chop or grate too. I prefer chopping into thin slices as I love to have some pieces too in the thokku.

In a thick bottom pan, add Sesame seed oil and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, keep the flame in the lowest and add the chopped or grated mango pieces.  Keep stirring at regular intervals so that it does not get stuck to the bottom of the pan. After 15 to 20 minutes, you can see the mangoes becoming mushy.  Mash it well with a spatula and keep stirring.

 Once the mashed mangoes are devoid of water, add salt, red chilly powder and the dry roasted Methi powder. Stir well. In another small pan, add little oil and add Asafoetida to it. Once, it gets roasted in oil, add to the Mango thokku mix. Mix everything well and keep stirring.  It is done when the final outcome is thick and the oil leaves out.

Tips:

Mangoes have to be dried well for the Thokku to have more shelf life.
Refrigeration is necessary.
I prefer adding Asafoetida finally as the flavour stays in the Thokku.
Do not cover while the mangoes are getting cooked. It may take a little more time, but it has longer shelf life this way.
Use a dry spoon always and do not keep the spoon inside the pickle jar permanently.

Enjoy preparing this pickle and goes well with anything and everything but my best option would be with curd rice.

66 comments:

  1. yummy pickles.. mouth watering.. thanks for sharing!

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  2. manga thokku super-ooo super!!!!

    mmmm, looks delicious, & since it's almost the mango season in India, now there would be looads & loads of maangais everywhere, the recipe looks simple and delicious!!!

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  3. Spicy and colourful thokku...

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  4. woww its looks super!!my favourite also..

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  5. thokku looks so yummy dear...simply superb!!

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  6. I love mango season...always I find some delicious way to my favorite fruit, your thokku sounds interesting, I make a pickle like this with grated mangoes...this version sounds awesome...lovely and tempting clicks :)

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  7. Yumm,my mouth is watering...

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  8. Mango thokku is my favorite. Looks mouth watering.

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  9. Mango thokku looks so mouthwatering and tempting!!

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  10. I love anything from raw mangoes... yumm yumm :)

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  11. yum,here i make it with granny smith apples .

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  12. Mango thokku looks mouth watering and delicious. Wonderful presentation.

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  13. My fav..drooling now :-) loved the Mango click .We really miss the mangoes in Hyderabad :(

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  14. This pickle looks so lovely I love mango pickle perfect with parathas and puris.

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  15. Slurp!!!Looks fabulous!!I can feel the great taste just by reading.

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  16. mouthwatering!!!!! looks really good.

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  17. I think you are missing Chennai . Mango pickle looks yummy! I love to have it with curd rice.

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  18. mango thokku seems tangy & delicious...have never tried it out myself but surely looks tempting by the pic..thanks for dropping by and for your lovely words and for joining in...and wish you and your family a very happy ugadi ms chichat(can i know your name pls)

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  19. love this thokku...I make it very often too...

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  20. Pickle looks sooo tasty&spicy!tempting pics!

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  21. Love fresh mango thokku. I like the tips you give at the end of the recipe.

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  22. My fav. We had a mango tree at granny's place and thokku is one of regular dish in the family during summer. Love to have it with hot rice. your's looks delicious too.

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  23. Spicy & tasty thokku.It`s delicious as it is with plain rice.Tempting presentation.

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  24. Thanks for dropping by and for teh lovley comments. thokku looks yummy. I ahve not made thokku with this mango. I will try this, my hubby's favourite.I have aded u in my blogger friends list so that i won't miss your recipes. Will keep visitng. :-)

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  25. Hai Thanks for following me. I like this thokku and it looks great.

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  26. IOOOOOOOOOO! Manga thokku. I love avakai too. My mouth is watering thinking of it.

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  27. yummm green mangoes, looks delish , btw thanks for dropping by the blog , :)have a nice day

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  28. oh no mangoesssssssssssss we dont get any indian mangoes here... thokku looks delicious.. please parcel it to us......

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  29. Looks delicious, I have never tried thokku with killi mukku mangai, only jam, need to see if I find any here :-)

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  30. Making pickles in USA is not the easiest. However this looks yummy and I wish I had a talent to make it at home, some day!

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  31. wow lovely raw mango thoku...vl try it soon

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  32. Lovely thokku... looks mouthwatering.

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  33. Lovely recipe... looks perfect.. first time here.. nice blog.. :)

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  34. We too make thokku with ginimoothi(killimooku in tamil) mango and all love it. You made me drool over that pickle now :)

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  35. I just love this thokku...first time here...

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  36. Hi, First time on this blog,lovely space and nice recipes!

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  37. Im drooling here!!!! We have a mango tree just behind my house and this sounds like a great way to use them up! thanks for sharing..

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  38. Just looking at the kairis had my mouth watering like crazy. Your thokku looks absolutely amazing, Chitchat.

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  39. Oh, and thanks for the lovely reminder about mango season in Madras...I will be sure to mention this to Desi who's from Chennai.

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  40. Such a droolworthy dish, is it already mango season, I really miss mangoes so much, and ur post tempts me a lot:)

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  41. Thanks for stopping by...Mango Thokku is mouth watering...

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  42. I love thokku looks too tempting dear.

    Pavithra
    www.dishesfrommykitchen.com

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  43. Am droooooling at the very thought of having this thokku with curd rice.Yummmmm

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  44. thanks for sharing...
    wot a great picture.... it is soo tempting !!!

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  45. Aww..My cheeks are hurting!! :)Lovely Thokku...
    yeah the season is catching up here..Maa Vadus are abundant now..
    Kilimookku is supposed to be the best for thokku..
    is Kallamani the same??

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  46. lip smacking thokku ... my all time fav.

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  47. wow..yummy yummm

    dear do collect ur award from my blog :)

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  48. You are making me all nostalgic. :(
    Just want to grab those mangoes from the screen.

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  49. Ur Mango Thokku looks tangy and tasty as you described...Love the click of the raw mango..We don't get these here..The ones we get here taste different..I guess they are from Mexico..

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  50. Hi pls collect your award form my blog.

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  51. The mangoes are making my mouth water...yummm

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  52. Hey, I commented here, what happened? I said I loved the photo of the green mango pulp with mustard seeds - reminded me of kiwi fruit!

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  53. எனக்கு இப்போவே சாப்டனும் போல இருக்கு .

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  54. Mango thokku looks lovely and delicious. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm following you.

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  55. Hey, that pickle looks delicious.

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  56. Hy Chitchat, a lovely write-up and a wonderful thokku. And me too missing the good old Chennai and its mangoes! We don't get good mangoes here...
    Thanks for your lovely comments in my blog.

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