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May 30, 2012


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neer mangai

This is the easiest pickle which we can make in no time and enjoy with curd rice. Though it may take 2-3 days time for all the tastes to be incorporated, you can enjoy it instantly too. We can use the same method for making pickles with Vadu maangai ( Baby raw mango), Nellikai ( gooseberry)  & even strawberries. Try this, you’ll love its taste.


  1. Raw mango – 1 ( medium sized)
  2. Chilli powder – 1 tbsp or Red chillies (long) – 10 –12 nos ( grind coarse)
  3. Crystal salt – As needed ( table salt is also ok )
  4. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  5. Hing/ Asafetida – 1/4 tsp
  6. **Roasted fenugreek seeds powder – 1/2 tsp
  7. Water – Just to immerse the mango pieces. ( around 2 - 2.5 cups)
To temper
  1. Gingely oil – 1 tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  3. Urad dal – 1/2 tsp

  • Cut the raw mango into bite sized pieces.
  • Take an air tight container or bottle in which you are going to store the pickle.
  • Add all the mango pieces into it. Then put the chilli powder/coarsely powdered red chillies, turmeric powder, Roasted fenugreek seeds powder, Hing, required salt & water.  As I mentioned the water level should be little above the immersed mango pieces.
  • Finally temper in gingely oil/Sesame oil and preserve it.
After the given soaking time, you’ll get a soft, juicy mango pieces ready to taste with curd rice !!

Tips :It stays good for long period when refrigerated. But please use a clean ladle every time to take the pickle. Also dont forget to stir the pickle everyday for all the powders to get mixed otherwise it will settle down and the taste won't get blended quickly. If you are patient enough, start using the pickle after 2-3 days of preparation.  Hing , roasted fenugreek seeds powder are the star ingredients. Please dont reduce the quantity or avoid it. They are the flavouring agents !!
If you wish to make the same with gooseberries, just saute the gooseberries in little oil before adding. This makes quick absorption of water into gooseberries. We call this as “Neer nellikai” ..

.** For roasted fenugreek seeds powder, dry roast fenugreek seeds in a kadai and powder them nicely. Store it in a box and use it for future. U can use it in idly sambhar , pickles and even for  coffee while making decoction.

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Shobha said...

Nice pickle recipe.. even some Sindhi pickles are similar..

Tina said...

Delicious pickle..

Chitra said...

Thanks shoba & tina for the quick comments :)

KrithisKitchen said...

Drooling here.. wish you could link to the Serve It Event happening a tour space this month...

Shama Nagarajan said...

simply drooling pickle

Priya Suresh said...

Slurppp...salivating here, my god..

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said...

Interesting pickle recipe, looks great!

Spice up the Curry said...

wow. just awesome. finger licking pickle recipe

Aruna Manikandan said...

mouthwatering pickle :)

Unknown said...

Slurrpp...looks delicious!

hotpotcooking said...

Never heard of neer mango, looks yum

Julie said...

Mouthwatering pickle,can have it just with plain rice..Yummilicious!!

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Gayathri NG said...

Lipsmacking pickle, looks awesome...

Nisha said...

thats quite an unique recipe

Suja Manoj said...

looking great,delicious pickle.

Shobha Kamath said...

Looks nice and spicy!

Ganga Sreekanth said...

new to me......this looks really yummy

Raks said...

my favorite :) love a lot! lovely clicks