KAIRICHI AMTI | RAW MANGO CURRY

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Kairichi Amti, meaning a raw mango curry, is a sweet, tart and spicy curry that tastes delightful with hot rice. Every bite will remind you of summer and transport you to your childhood when you stole mangoes from the neighbor’s backyard. In short, Kairichi amti was my summer in a bowl, my personal sunshine!

Kairichi Amti

Were you appalled while you read the statement about stealing mangoes from neighbor’s backyard? Well, it was supposedly a common thing back in India. I have personally never stolen mangoes but I am not an athletic standard to go by. I mean, you have to be able to climb trees or walls or at least the neighbor’s fence to be able to steal right? May be, even run, run fast if the dog (or the neighbor themselves) begin to chase you? Definitely, not my cup of tea! But I have heard stories from my parents and aunts about how Bangalore was a much smaller city when they were growing up (not the concrete jungle that it has come to be today) and how it was like a huge farmland with sparse houses.

Hasi mavinkayi gojju

From the energy in their voices and their joy when they recount the mango-stealing stories, I gather that mango-stealing from your neighbor’s was apparently some kind of a coming-of-age, senior prank thing-y which every teenager of their time had to do to be considered cool! I know right! Why didn’t they think of something simpler like taking a spring break with their friends? 😀

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Anyway, thanks to the number of times I have had to hear these stories (Bollywood movies also contribute to this hysteria) , I cannot seem to eat kairichi amti or raw mango without recollecting them and even feeling a pride of having stolen mangoes (in my case stolen means, I bought from a store where I stood in queue to pay for it. Now, that is my athletic standards! 🙂 ).

 Even though mom made something called hasimavinkayi gojju, it pretty much had the same flavors of kairichi amti which is something I learnt from my other family in the recent past. So here is the recipe for:

Kairichi Amti

Kairichi Amti

KAIRICHI AMTI | RAW MANGO CURRY

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

KAIRICHI AMTI | RAW MANGO CURRY

Ingredients

    For the Curry
  • 1 raw mango
  • 2 tsp jaggery (or sugar)
  • Salt to season
  • For the Masala
  • 1 tbsp urad dal (black gram)
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2-4 whole dried red chilies
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • For the Seasoning -
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • A pinch of asafetida (optional)
  • 2 whole red chilies
  • 1 tbsp oil

Directions

  1. Peel and cut the mango into 1 inch cubes. Add them into boiling water and cook with a pinch of salt until the mangoes turn partially soft.
  2. Meanwhile, dry roast the ingredients meant for the masala and blend them into a smooth paste.
  3. Add oil into the same pan and heat it. Add the ingredients for the seasoning into hot oil and turn the heat off. Set the seasoning aside.
  4. Remove excess water from the pot of boiling mangoes and retain only as much required for a curry.
  5. Add the pureed masala, jaggery and salt and continue cooking until the mangoes soften further and the masala is cooked and well blended with the mangoes.
  6. Transfer into a serving dish and garnish with the seasoning.
  7. Serve with a side of rice or roti (Indian flatbread)
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8 Comments

  1. Wow, this sounds like a comfort food, will love to have it like a soup 🙂

  2. Do u use freshly grated coconut or dry coconut in this recipe

  3. I can’t wait to try this recipe! By the way my parents used to steal watermelons when they were kids. I don’t know what it is about fruit, kids and thefts, but apparently it was a big thing. 🙂

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