Saturday, June 27, 2009

Recipe: Manga Kootan


Raw mangoes are used for preparing tasty gravy dishes to be mixed with rice. The raw mangoes provide the tanginess which is a must for any south Indian gravy dish. The Malayalam saying goes, ”Aaru maasam marapuli, aaru maasam manga puli,” which means for 6 months in a year one uses tamarind and the remaining 6 months one uses the tangy mangoes. This dish can be prepared with tangy raw mangoes and also with just ripening (a little sweetish) mangoes. This is an important dish on Vishu day as the Vellarikkaya from the Vishukani is used in making this dish. Though I have mentioned this dish many times in my blog I have not given the recipe yet. Here we go.

Ingredients:
Raw Mango: 1 (Big)
Drum sticks: 2
Kani Vellarikaya or Ash gourd : 200gms.
Sour curds: ½ cup
Coconut: 1 cup
Green chillies: 3
Red chillies: 3
Methi seeds 1 tsp.
Turmeric powder: 1 tsp.
Jaggery: a small piece
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tsp.
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp.
Curry leaves: a few sprigs.

Method
Heat ½ tsp of oil. Add ½ tsp of methi seeds and 2 red chillies cut into pieces. When the methi seeds turn reddish, remove from heat. Cool and grind with coconut and green chillies. Use beaten curds to grind the coconut to a smooth paste. Keep aside.

Cut the mango into big chunks. Cut the ash gourd into 1” squares. Cut the drum stick into 2” pieces. Cook the vegetables in enough water with turmeric powder and salt. When the vegetables are cooked add a small piece of jaggery (This will balance the tanginess of the mangoes). Mix the ground paste in the remaining curds and add to the cooked vegetables and boil. Remove from heat. Add a few curry leaves.

Heat the remaining oil in a kadhai. When the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, remaining methi seeds and 1 red chilli cut into small bits. When the mustard crackles, add the curry leaves and pour the tempering into the manga koottan.

nJoy!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this recipe, Ammupatti!
I have been looking for this recipe for a long time. Now I can make "authentic" Manga kootan for my hubby who likes it a lot.

Ammupatti said...

Hi

Do let me know how it turned out.

Best wishes

Janaki Gopikrishna said...

i am going to be making this today only with vellirikai.

sangi said...

mouth-watering pic!

Janaki Gopikrishna said...

my recipe came out well and am also carrying in my lunch dabba today....

Ammupatti said...

Hi Janaki

I am glad your mangakoottan came out well. njoy!

Ammupatti said...

Thank you Sangi

Sandy said...

Puthucode le ethu gramam paati?

Sandy said...

Puthucode le ethu gramam ongalkku paati?

Ammupatti said...

Hi Sandy

I am from Thekkegramam and you?

Best wishes

Anonymous said...

Hello ammupatti

thank you for your recipe. I tried today, VISHU 2013. I have been looking at the internet for couple of years and then gave up. Tried again today found out exactly like how my patti made.

It turned out soooooooooooooo well that I was reminded of my mother and patti.
Are you from Kerala? I want the chembu leaves and other vegetables mayukuparatti with tamarind


Thanks again.

Ammupatti said...

Hi Anonymous

I am glad that your manga koottan turned out to your liking.

Happy Vishu

Unknown said...

Hi Paati,

My mom is from Kizhakke gramam. My grand father was Late . Sri.Ramanatha Shahtrikal.

Ammupatti said...

Hi Unknown,

I know Ramanatha Sastrigal and his children. Whose child are you?

Unknown said...

My mother's name is Shanta...youngest daughter of my grandparents.

Sandy said...

Sorry I didn't realize I am posting as unknown. I am the same Sandy above in your blog. My name is Sandeep.

Ammupatti said...

Hi Sandeep

Feels great to be connected.

Shantha must have been very young when I left Puthucode. Your uncle Krihnamoorthy and I were in the same class in school.

best wishes

My regards to all your family members.

LAKSHMI N said...

hi ammupatti.... Lakshmi here... the mangai kootan was liked by everyone...everyone reminded my grand ma when they had it....THANK U SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH........

Ammupatti said...

Hi Lakshmi

I am glad you all enjoyed the recipe.

best wishes