Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pazha Manga Kaalan (Ripe mangoes in curd and coconut)

I am back from Kerala after a series of family visits and functions…was a much awaited vacation but didn’t feel like one with the chaos and hectic travel. Adding to the misery, we witnessed heavy showers all through the trip…that’s putting it mildly…though I love rains, the thundershowers and miseries along with it was quite a dampener this time round. But yes, the yummy Kerala food was the super stress-buster. This trip will be long remembered for the many dishes and snacks I feasted on…some of them that I’d not even heard of (gosh! now I want to go back!)

To sum up with a tribute and get over the fever, this post is another specialty of Kerala ….dedicated to all those unsung heroes who have been whipping mouth watering delicacies in quaint kitchens of Kozhikode…this one is called “Pazha Manga Kaalan”. It’s a sweet mango curry with curd and coconut (thankfully, mangoes are still in season). This dish is very simple and is loaded with mixed flavors (sweet and spicy). In Kerala, there’s a mango called “Chandrakaran” (the smallest variety) which is used for this dish.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
Serves: 2-3

You need:  

 5-6 small ripe mangoes
½ tsp turmeric powder
2tsp red chilli powder
salt to taste
water as required
1 cup grated coconut
1 cup curd (yoghurt)  

½ tsp jeera (cumin)
2 stalks of curry leaves
1tsp coconut oil
a small piece of jaggery (optional, in case the mangoes are not sweet)

For tempering:  
2tbsp coconut oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
2-3 stalks of curry leaves
2 whole red chillies (each broken into two)


 Wash and peel the mangoes 


Cut the mangoes into cubes (do not throw away the seeds)  

Take a wide bowl and add the cubed mango with the seeds, salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder 


Add water (just to cover the mangoes) and let it cook well (will take about 10-15 minutes). If the mangoes are not very sweet, you can add jaggery at this stage 
Meanwhile grind the coconut, jeera and curd (add very little curd at a time or you’ll not get a smooth paste)
If there’s any curd remaining, just give it one churn in the mixer (or it will start separating once added to the curry)

 Add the ground paste to the boiling mangoes (hmmm…jeera truly adds to the flavour) 

Cook on slow fire and remove when the mixture foams up 

Pour a tsp of coconut oil ad immerse two stalks of curry leaves (enjoy the sweet aroma)

Heat oil in a small skillet and splutter mustard, red chillies and curry leaves. Pour it over the kalan.

Serve mouth watering Pazha Manga Kaalan with piping hot rice and pappadam

I’d also take the opportunity to express my heart-felt gratitude to Kalyani (http://kalyanikitchen.blogspot.com/
) for sharing these lovely awards.

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  1. I just love this dish! Its a staple at my house till the mango season ends! And your step-by-step pics are so good!

  2. thank you Sarah...I love this dish too!

  3. seriously I m drooling over here...adorable clicks..

  4. Hai dear

    this looks so yummy....And thank you so much for your awards...Thanks again for remembering me when sending your awards


  5. Tangy and sweet looking dish... looks so yum

  6. wow adipoli aayitonda...great dear...its temptg very much

  7. Drooling over this maanga kaalan. Nannayittundu..

  8. Binitha your mango curry looks so tempting.Congrats on your awards and thank you dear for sharing the awards with me.You can get falooda seeds/basil seeds in supermarkets near the spice section.

  9. Slurp!! mouthwatering kaalan, feel like it with hot rice..yum!

  10. Congrats on the accolades and wish you many many years of success and happiness! The manga kaalan looks so delicious. The last pic with the seasoning is mouthwatering!

  11. thank you for the wonderful comments my lovely friends

  12. Woww.. yours looks great. My mom in law's kalan is also like this :D i love it

  13. wow..that looks absolutely delicious and tempting..I can finish one plate of rice with just this curry...yum

  14. Looks so creamy and tasty! Congrats on your awards dear.....

  15. I love this recipe a lot.. yours looks simply perfect and tempting.. Nice step by step pictures.. First time here.. Lovely blog.. Thanks for the recipes !!
    Indian Cuisine

  16. super tempting dish new tome try it soon
    11st time here nice space do visit my site

  17. OMG! Thanks so much for the award. I feel so honored:)

  18. Manga Kalan looks absolutely delicious....you've found a follower in me dear

  19. You have a nice space. Yummy traditional kalan

  20. thank you all for the lovely comments!