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Avakaya Lessons

Avakaya Lessons

if you are lucky to have found good pickle mangoes, or are willing to pay the extra buck, here is how to make the trademark pickle.


  • Fresh and unripe mango pieces : 4 to 6 cups
  • Oil : 2 cups
  • Mustard powder: 1 cup
  • Red chilli powder: 1 cup
  • Salt: 3/4 cup
  • Methi powder: 5 tsp
Method - Slice each mango into eight pieces, six if it is small. wipe the insides the seed with a clean and dry cloth. Make sure that all the bowls and spoons are dry. Warm oil and set aside to cool. Add mango cubes in a dry bowl along with red chilli powder; mustard powder and salt, mix with oil. Let it settle for 24 hours, mix with a dry spoon. Add salt and oil to taste. Store in clean and dry jar.

Masala Avakaya

Half a cup of garlic and ginger paste provides an additional zing. Add it while adding red chilli and salt.

Bellam Avakaya

To make a sweet and sour version, add a cup of powered jaggery.

Ingredients (250 ml cup)

  • Mango pieces: 4 cups
  • Methi seeds: 1/2 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder: 1 tbsp
  • Powdered jaggery: 1 cup of
  • Salt: 1/2 cup
Method - Just the same as making Avakaya. method for selecting slices of mangoes and warming the oil. Jaggery should be taken into powder form. Mix the mango pieces with methi seeds, red chilli powder, salt and jaggery. Warm and coll oil. Mix it with the pickle along with powered jaggery. Let it rest for 24 hours, mix the pickle with a clean and dry spoon. bellam Ava goes well with chapati or roti, and is well liked by kids.

Chekku Pacchadi

Ingredients (250 ml cup)
  • Cubed mango pieces: 1¼ cup
  • Mustard powder: 2 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder: 3 tbsp
  • Salt: 1½ tsp or as per taste
  • Oil (Sesame oil preferred, groundnut oil will do just fine): 3 tbsp
Method - The same as making avakaya. But there is a vital difference: The cubes do not contain the seed of the mango. Slice the mango into 18 to 24 pieces.