June 11, 2008 9:11am CST
Pickles are my favorite. Interests change as we grow. I think so. Because when I was kid I never use to eat any picle. I liked sweets very much. But after marriage, from my pregnancy my tastes are changed. I never use to touch any pickle. But now they are my favorite. Naturally my daughter likes them too. The best is Mango pickle. Ofcourse the aroma of "Aavakai" fondly called in Telugu, the mango pickle always attracted me (I mean even when I was kid). The "Aavakai" prepared fresh is liked by every Telugu being. UUsssh! wahooo what a taste! When you mix it with white rice, rice becoming bright red....on top of it the aroma... and eat with a ripe mango juse side by side.... ummm what a taste. How it gests such taste? just simply cut the green mangoes, (you have to select them carefully, mangoes give a kind of sour smell, we can say they give a lot of juce) into small and medium pieces. Keep aside. Take red chilli powder, mustard seed powder and salt equal quantity. That is one cup each. Mix all of them. For one cup of pieces take two cups of the mixture mix thoroughly with the mango pieces. Add quarter cup turmaric powder and half kilo jingelly oil so that the mixture is drowned completely in the oil. After one week the mixture is ready to serve. But you can immeditely after preparation, eat the mixture with out pieces, mix with rice. But do not forget to add two spoons of oil to rice before eating. More about pickles later.
12 Jun 08
it is a delight to have mango pickle. in oriya, we refer to it as amba achara. it is simply a classic food stuff. it appears to go on well with anything you eat. with the the rainy season ushering in now, i really relish my mother's upma or dosa ( which we call pitha) with this pickle. and yes buddy, the scent of the mustard oil provides the ultimate blend. you can not even think of a better combination. lucky us, we are in such a country which is united by the taste factor. good food anywhere is a delight.