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!
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.
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? 😀
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: