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March 24, 2011


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This is my MIL’s special recipe.We bought some sour raw mangoes and i told my MIL to make something special with it. she told me about this kuzhambu and we tried on the same day. It was excellent .Its very simple to do. If u get sour mangoes, do try this .I am sure u’ll love it.It got a similar taste of puliodharai /puliyogare.Thanks a lot to my MIL for teaching me this yummilicious gravy / kuzhambu.I loved it.. Red heart.


  • Sour Raw mango – 2 nos (medium sized, Slit cut into 3.Hope the above picture gives u a  clear idea )
  • Tamarind – One seed / Small Berry size
  • Turmeric powder –1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves – A few
  • Salt – As needed.
  • Arisi Kazhani – 2 cups ( Drain the water after washing the rice and take it in a bowl ..The water would be white in color.Its called Kazhani in tamil )
To roast and Powder
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Methi seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Channa dal – 1tbsp
  • Urad dal – 1 .5 tsp
  • Toor dal – 1 tbsp
  • Red chillies – 6 – 7 nos
  • Hing /Asafetida – 1/4 tsp
To temper :
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves  - a few
  • In a wide mouthed kadai or bowl take the arisi kazhani and add the turmeric powder ,salt & one seed of tamarind.( We call this as ethir puli)
  • Wash the raw mangoes and slit cut into 3 pieces. Please refer the above picture .
  • Add these mangoes into the kazhani and cover cook till the mangoes cook nicely. Take care it should not be overcooked and becomes mushy.
  • Add 1/4 tsp of hing & curry leaves while boiling.
  • Now in a kadai , add a tsp of oil and roast the items in the same order.
  • Grind it to a coarse powder . ( run the mixie once or twice)
  • Once the mangoes are cooked , add the  coarse powder and allow it to boil for 5 mins. u’ll get a nice flavor.
  • The gravy should be watery as in picture.(like rasam)
  • Finally temper the kuzhambu & give some 30 mins standing time before serving ..
Enjoy with plain rice & papad.U can add a tsp of sesame oil in plain rice for additional taste.
               Kazhani kulambu         
  • Please grind the powder in a coarse form to get the kuzhambu in  watery consistency.If u grind it fine , u’ll get a  thick gravy. Please make it the way u want the gravy to be.
  • Hing should be twice here. One time in raw and another time while roasting.
  • Dont forget to add a pinch of tamarind. No need to soak & extract.. it will dissolve in the gravy.If u have the ready made paste , just add a drop of it.

Mango is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Vitamin C content is more in raw mango as compared to that in ripe mango. It also has traces of Vitamin E, Vitamin B and Vitamin K.
The mango is used as food in all stages of its development. Green or unripe mango contains a large portion of starch which gradually changes into glucose, sucrose and maltose as the fruit begins to ripe. It disappears completely when the fruit is fully ripe. Green mango is a rich source of pectin which gradually diminishes after the formation of the stone. Unripe mango is sour in taste because of the presence of oxalic, citric, malice and succinic acids.
The raw mango is a valuable source of vitamin C. It contains more vitamin C than half ripe or fully ripe mangoes, It is also a good source of vitamin B1 and B2 and contains sufficient quantity of niacin. These vitamins differ in concentration in various varieties during the stages of maturity and environmental conditions. The ripe fruit is very wholesome and nourishing. The chief food ingredient of mango is sugar. The acids contained in the fruit are tartaric acid and malic acid, besides a trace of citric acid. These acids are utilized by the body and they help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body.

Natural Benefits and Curative Properties

The mango is well-known for its medicinal properties both in unripe and ripe states. The unripe fruit is acidic, astringent and anti scorbutic. The skin of the unripe fruit is astringent and stimulant tonic. The bark is also astringent and has a marked action on mucous membranes. Mango pickles preserved in oil and salted solution is used throughout India . However, these pickles, if extremely sour, spicy and oily. are not good for health and should be specially avoided by those suffering from arthritis, rheumatism, .sinusitis, sore throat and hyperacidity.
The ripe mango is anti scorbutic, diuretic, laxative, invigorating, fattening and astringent. It tones up the heart muscle, improves complexion and stimulates appetite. It increases the seven body nutrients, called 'dhatus' in Ayurveda. They are food juice, blood. flesh, fat, bone marrow and semen. The fruit is beneficial in liver disorders, loss of weight and other physical disturbances.

Natural benefits of Unripe Mango

  • Heat Stroke :- The unripe mango protects men from the adverse effects of hot, scorching winds. A drink, prepared from the unripe mango by cooking it in hot ashes and mixing the pith with sugar and water, is an effective remedy for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
    • Eating raw mango with salt quenches thirst and prevents the excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron during summer due to excessive sweating.
    • Gastro-Intestinal Disorders :- Unripe green mangoes are beneficial in the treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders. Eating one or two small tender mangoes in which the seed is not fully formed with salt and honey is found to be very effective medicine for summer diarrhea, dysentery, piles, morning sickness, chronic dyspepsia, indigestion and constipation.
    • Bilious Disorders:- Unripe mangoes are an excellent fruit remedy for bilious disorders. The acids contained in the green mango increase the secretion of bile and act as intestinal antiseptic. Therefore, eating green mango daily with honey and pepper cures biliousness, food putrefaction i.e. when proteins are decomposed by bacteria; urticaria and jaundice. It tones up the liver and keeps it healthy.
    • Blood Disorders :- The green mango is valuable in blood disorders because of its high vitamin C content. It increases the elasticity of the blood vessels and helps the formation of new blood cells. It aids the absorption of food-iron and prevents bleeding tendencies. It increases body resistance against tuberculosis, anemia, cholera and dysentery.
    • Scurvy :- The amchur, a popular article of diet in Indian houses, consists of green mangoes skinned, stoned, cut into pieces and dried in the sun. 15 gm. of it is believed to be equivalent to 30 gm. of good lime on account of its citric content. It is valuable in the treatment of scurvy.

    Natural benefits of ripe Mango

    • Eye Disorders :- Ripe mangoes are highly beneficial in the treatment of night blindness in which one cannot see properly in dim light. This disease is caused by vitamin A deficiency. It is very common among children who are victim of malnutrition due to poverty. Liberal use of mangoes during the season will be very effective in such conditions. It will also prevent many other eye diseases which may ultimately cause total blindness. Eating mangoes liberally will also prevent development of refractive errors, dryness of the eyes, softening of the cornea, itching and burning in the eyes.
    • Infections :- All bacterial invasions are due to poor epithelium the tissue that covers the external surface of the body. Liberal use of mangoes during the season contributes towards formation of healthy epithelium, thereby preventing frequent attacks of common infections such as colds rhinitis and sinusitis. This is attributable to high concentration of vitamin A in mangoes.
    • Gain of Weight :- The mango-milk cure is an ideal treatment for weight gain. For this mode of treatment, ripe and sweet mangoes should always be selected. They should be taken thrice a day-morning, noon and evening. The mangoes should be taken first and then followed by milk. The mango is rich in sugar but deficient in protein. On the other hand, milk is rich in protein but deficient in sugar. The deficiency of the one is made up by the other. Mango thus combines very well with milk and exclusive mango­milk diet taken for at least one month, will lead to improvement in health, vigour and gain in weight. The quantity of milk and of the mangoes to be consumed in this mode of treatment should be carefully regulated according to the condition of the patient. For rapid gain in weight, about 4 to 5 litres of milk should be consumed with 3 to 4 kg. of mangoes.
    • Diabetes :- The tender leaves of the mango tree are considered useful in diabetes. An infusion is prepared from fresh leaves by soaking them overnight in water and squeezing them well in water before filtering it in the morning. This infused water should be taken every morning to control early diabetes. As an alternative to infusion. leaves can be dried in the shade, powdered and preserved. Half a teaspoonful of this powder should be taken twice a day, in the morning and evening.
    • Diarrhea :- The mango seeds are valuable in diarrhea. The seeds should be collected during the mango season, dried in the shade and powdered and stored for use as medicine. It should be given in doses of about one and a half gram to two grams with or without honey. Juice of fresh flowers when taken with one or two teaspoonful of curds, is also valuable in diarrhea.
    • Female Disorders :- Mango seeds are considered useful in certain disorders connected with women reproductive organs. According to Dr. Aman, 'A teaspoonful,of the paste of the decorticated kernel of mango is applied inside the vagina to cure leucorrhoea, vaginitis, and relaxed wans due to multiple pregnancies. Its use half an hour before conjugal union gives a virgin feeling and acts as a safe contraceptive. This has been tried many times with gratifying results.
      Juice of the fresh mango bark is also valuable in heavy bleeding during menstruation, i.e. menorrhagia, leucorrhoea, mucus and pus discharges from the uterus and bleeding or hemorrhage from uterus. The juice is given with the addition of white of an egg or some mucilage a kind of vegetable glue obtained from plant and a little opium in these diseases. In the alternative, a mixture of 10 ml. of a fluid extract of the bark and 120 ml. of water is given in doses of a teaspoonful every hour or two.
    • Throat Disorders :- The mango bark is very efficacious in the treatment of diphtheria and other throat diseases. Its fluid is locally applied and also used as a gargle. The gargle is prepared by mixing 10 ml. of the fluid extract with 125 ml. of water


    Unripe mangoes should not be eaten in-excess. Their excessive intake may cause throat irritation, indigestion, dysentery and abdominal colic. One should, therefore, not consume more than one or two green mangoes daily. Water should not be drunk immediately after eating the green mango because it coagulates the sap and makes it more irritant. Sap or milky juice which comes out on breaking the stalk of the green mango is irritant and astringent. Eating green mangoes without draining the sap may cause mouth, throat and gastro intestinal irritations. The sap should, therefore be fully squeezed out or the skin should be peeled before using raw mango.
    Excessive use of mangoes produce ailments like constipation, eye affections, blood impurities and seasonal fever. Children who use the fruit in excess generally suffer from skin disease in its season.


  1. Would be tangy and yummy... Lovely looking recipe...

  2. Wow !! Tangy and delicious recipe.. looks absolutely good and perfect.. thanks for the wonderful recipe dear.. nice clicks too !!

    Indian Cuisine

  3. Yummy recipe even we too prepare this recipe but quiet different.Love it .Its really droolinggggggggggggggg.

  4. I can feel the delicious and tangy taste from your pic....yummy dear...

  5. This is totally a new recipe for a new dish for me. Thank you for sharing this. :-)

  6. Ahh-- that looks mouthwateringly superb n tempting..great pics too ;)

    US Masala

  7. Delicious raw mango curry. sure taste great

  8. Hi Chitra,

    Thanks for stepping in myblog and dropping your lovely comment.

    Hey this is looks simple and only job will be at dry roast and grinding part.

    Thanks for sharing delicious and tangy receipe.

    We use to do Sweet manago pachadi,with curd pachadi and mango sambar...this is new.

  9. Very interesting recipe, looks yummy!

  10. Delicious click...Absolutely mouthwatering..

  11. Wow, I would love to be able to put my hands on some of those raw mangoes.
    Such an outstanding recipe ♥

  12. My grandma makes something similar to this kuzhambu, simply delicious..

  13. Looks mouthwatering and nice clicks.

  14. wow....
    looks delicious dear....
    will soon try this..
    Thx. for sharing :)

  15. Wow Chitra,this is excellent recipe...Cann't imagine the taste,mouthwatering here...
    Wonderful spread,yummy kuzhambu will try this:)

  16. I am drooling over the pictures.I some how want some sour mangoes to try this.

  17. Very new and yummy one .Love the name of the dish and bright click chitra

  18. Thank you for visiting my blog....was impressed by your kitchen clinic... following you...

  19. Tangy curry. Looks so yum!

  20. Wonderful click,loved the recipe too,drooling!!

  21. This is new to me...but sure a tasty interesting recipe

  22. Looks so gud ...with mango is yum...wonderful clicks ..looks awesome

  23. Very interesting recipe, totally new to me...I am just sorry I did not pick those pachchai mangai I saw with the vendor yesterday....Will keep this kuzhambu in mind during my next visit to the green grocer!

  24. Chitra this looks gorgeous! We have variations..almost like a 'puli'.

  25. எங்க பாட்டி வீட்டில் இதனை செய்வாங்க.....சூப்பராக இருக்கு..

    படங்கள் அனைத்தும் சூப்பர்ப்

  26. This is another must try dish for me..fabulous Chitra..
    Tasty Appetite

  27. I like the way you are sharing all the health info.
    First time on your blog...following it.

  28. wow..helpful post and a nice recipe too...looks very tempting..!!

  29. What to say Chithra! Kalakkal thaan ponga. So lucky to get an expert MIL like her. Kulambu look so delicious.

  30. Never heard of it, but sounds excellent this recipe!

  31. That is so tempting... i really want to taste that:)

  32. Wow such a mouth-watering recipe. Thanks for visit my budding blog and giving valuable comments, your comments are most appreciated.

  33. This is a new recipe for me. I love mangoes so I am sure it must taste great!

  34. wow the plate looks so awesome chitra....loved the recipe:)

  35. lovely mangoes gravy, I have one to post, my sister sent a recipe to me, I was planning to post it for satya's event, but misplaced the recipe, I need to check my mails! when I am in India I am going try this out

  36. It's a very helpful post. The recipe looks awesome !!!


  37. Girl! You are making me ravenous with this post! Mouthwateringly good!


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