here is a mango pickle recipe made the punjabi way. another one from my mil’s punjabi recipes collection.
this mango pickle is really good. if you are a pickle lover like me, you are going to love this pickle. i am such a fan of pickles that i have pickles with everything from dal, sabzis, to even with the punjabi kadhi.
yes, we also have the mango pickle with aloo paratha, paneer paratha or any paratha for that matter. my hubby tells me of his childhood school days where he would take parathas with mango pickle in his tiffin box.
i think now what goes in the tiffin box must have changed over a period of time. it also depends in which part of india you live or what is the type of cuisine the family cooks.
there are 4 main spices used in this mango pickle recipe, namely:
- fenugreek seeds/methi
- fennel seeds/saunf
- mustard seeds/sarson
- nigella seeds/kalonji
well, just a bit of variation i did to this mango pickle recipe was by adding split mustard seeds. i had just scribbled everything in a book and all the time i was thinking that mustard seeds go in the recipe. now again when looking at it carefully, i saw that mustard seeds are not added. sometimes the mind and the thought processes over power everything.
some folks even add black peppercorns. i have coarsely ground the mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds as i do not get the split mustard seeds as well as split fenugreek seeds here. even the fennel i have ground it coarsely. you can keep it whole.
here i get raw mangoes with really tender skin, so i don’t peel the skin off. but if you get raw mangoes with tough skin, then do peel off the skin.
remember there should be no water or moisture in your jar in which you will keep the mango pickle. the jar has to be clean. you can sterilize the jar if you want. hygiene and cleanliness are very important when you are making pickles. remember this point when you make edibles like jams, sauces, preserves or pickles and for that matter when you make any food.
i wanted the traditional small bharni to keep the mango pickle. went to the market to buy it, but all they had were big bharnis. finally i had to store the pickle in a plastic jar
lets start step by step punjabi mango pickle recipe:
1: rinse and wipe the mangoes well with a kitchen towel. chop the mangoes and add them in a bowl.
2: add all the spices, spice powders and salt.
3: mix well so that the spices uniformly coat the mango pieces.
4: on a thali or in the same bowl, keep in the sun for 3-4 days. you can cover the thali with a fine seive or a thin muslin cloth, so that dust etc does not fall on the pickle.
5: the below pic is of the mango pickle on 6th day. i had to keep 2 days extra as for 2 full days we did not get sunlight here. it was cloudy all the time.
6: pour the entire mango mixture in a jar.
7: add mustard oil to the spiced mangoes. now i really like the strong and intense flavor of mustard oil in the pickle. hence i have not warmed nor heated the mustard oil. if you want less pungent flavor & taste to your pickle than warm or heat the mustard oil. heating reduces the pungency in the mustard oil and makes it sweet.
8: just add enough mustard oil which covers the rim up to half or one inch above the pickle. always remember to keep the oil floating above the pickle.
9: close and keep in a cool dry place for 4 days till everything gets mellowed and pickled enjoy this punjabi mango pickle plain or with any indian dish.
10: the mango pickle stays good for a year even without refrigeration. but it will get over soon and won’t last for a year
punjabi mango pickle recipe below:
- 5-6 small or medium sized raw mangoes
- 1.5 tbsp split fenugreek seeds/methi dana
- 1.5 to 2 tbsp split mustard seeds/rai dana (optional)
- 2 tbsp fennel seed whole or coarsely ground
- 1.5 tbsp nigella seeds/kalonji
- 1 or 1.5 tbsp turmeric
- 1.5 to 2 tbsp red chili powder
- salt as required
- mustard oil as required
- rinse and wipe dry the mangoes.
- dice the mangoes. discard the seeds. if you have a garden you can plant the seeds :-)
- mix all the spices, spice powders and salt with the diced mangoes.
- mix well so that the spices get evenly coated on the mangoes.
- keep this spiced mango mixture in sunlight for 3-4 days.
- cover with a thin muslin to protect from dust.
- after 3-4 days, add the mangoes to a jar.
- pour mustard oil till it just about covers the rim of the mangoes up to ½ inch or 1 inch.
- stir and mix well.
- store the pickle in a dry and cool place for 3-4 days.
- after 3-4 days you can start having the mango pickle.
- serve the mango pickle with your dal-rice, curd-rice, parathas & veggie dishes.
2. keep the jar and the plates everything clean.
you can make the mango pickle without sun. just mix everything and pour the mixed mango-spice powders in a jar. in this case you heat the mustard oil till it start smoking and then when it become cool, you add it to the spiced mango pieces. cover with a 1 inch layer of mustard oil. always keep the mango pickle covered with a layer of mustard oil. store mango pickle in a dry place for 2-3 days. but there will be moisture in the mango pieces as they are not dried in sun.