June 1, 2009


I'm back with an authentic konkani recipe after ages. It is the mango season here. I must admit that I haven't had my fill yet. I can't help it if peaches, apricots, cherries and litchis made their way into the market almost a month before their time. We did buy and eat some Banganpalli mangoes in April and May. I found these smaller mangoes called Gola. They instantly reminded me of the small mangoes called Gontambe which are used in the famous amchi dish called Andurli. Although the Gola mangoes are much bigger, I made the dish last week and found that this variety of mangoes is very tasty.

6 small Ripe Mangoes

1/4 cup Jaggery

1/2 tsp Pepper Powder

1 tsp Rice Flour

Salt to taste

For the tempering:

1 tsp Oil

1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds

1/4 tsp Asafoetida

7-8 Curry Leaves

3-4 Red Chillies

Peel the mangoes and keep the peel in a bowl with about 1 cup of water. Squeeze the juice from the peels and discard the peels.

Place the mangoes and the water in a pan. Add the jaggery, salt and pepper and bring the mixture to a boil. Mix the rice flour in a little water and add it to the mixture. Simmer for 10-12 minutes until the mangoes are cooked.

In a frying ladle, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds and the asafoetida. When the mustard splutters, add the curry leaves and the red chillies. Add this to the mangoes.

Serve as a side dish with rice, dali-saar, and some upkari. This particular combination of spicy and sweet is an acquired taste. Most konkani folks are initiated into this spicy-sour-sweet combination early on in life. If you don't particularly fancy a side dish with mixed tastes, have it on its own.


Preeti Shenoy said...

lovely!! Brought back memories of my childhood and growing up years. Mom used to make it often.
Thanks for posting this.

Divya Kudua said...

Lovely dish Raaga...though we call it by a different name - Ambya Upkari;).I had my fill of mangoes too and absolutely loving it:)

Nithya Praveen said...

Yummy one.Never heard of this....bookmarked.Thanks for the recipe:)

Deepthi Shankar said...

This is so so new to me

chef and her kitchen said...

The name sounds interesting.....very new to me..

Parita said...

This is new to me..never used mangoes like this..sure sounds interesting, thanks for sharing

CurryLeaf said...

Wow,We call this amba umman.Love the pic,and yes this is a staple during mango season.

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

My M-I-L used to make something like this too. A sort of kootan/ pachadi with small very sour mangoes.

sra said...

How unusual!

Kalai said...

Nice mix of flavors! Perfect for the season!

Asha said...

Raaga, wish I had more time in India, I would have loved to meet you too. I had only few weeks and so many family and old friends to see, reason why I didn't tell anybody. I will surely let you know next time in advance when I will be there, may be in 4 yrs! :)

Enjoy blogging, too sick to sit up for long now. see you in Sept.

Miri said...

Havent had this but reminds me of saasam - must be delicious!

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