Saturday, January 15, 2005

Mango-ginger from Matunga market

Originally uploaded by lools.

Being a South Indian, I love my pickles. I can always count on Bedekar's Vadu Maanga, Mother's Recipe Garlic, Gujrati Mango Chunda or my homemade mango pickle to awaken my appetite and intrigue my tastebuds. Pickles offer a burst of flavour and are used in Indian cuisine to add flavour or accent a dish.

I can eat Indian pickles with almost anything including rice, yogurt, sandwich bread and even crackers. Kalustyans in Manhattan has an impressive array of different Indian pickles including Punjabi, Gujrati and South Indian varieties. Unfortunately they all float in generous quantities of oil which is obviously not very healthy.

One of the healthiest pickles is Manga-Inji also known as Aam-Handi. It is made from the mango-ginger root, which true to its name, offers hints of raw mango tartness with the familiar tang of the ginger root. I ventured to Matunga market yesterday to pick up some of the fresh mango-ginger root directly from the vegetable vendor that stocks the best quality in the city. It was so much fun being in an authentic vegetable market and haggling with him over the price and settling on what I thought was a steal. He did not mind being photgraphed at all but was a bit shy by nature and so refused to look directly at the camera!

The pickle is extremely simple to make. Peel the mango-ginger root and grate coarsely. Add chopped green chillies and lime juice along with lots of salt. Mix well. That's it - an amazingly delicious and healthy pickle that's a terrific accent to any Indian dish, best enjoyed with yogurt-rice, of course!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pickles....mmmmm are also a Transylvanian specialty. We should do a pickle party for some anniversary.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Lulu said...

What are the kind of pickles that Translyvanians like?
Please share some recipes!

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you could shed some light on the botanical identity of manga-inji.

Thank you,

9:18 PM  
Blogger Dev Kumar said...

Hi... A google search on 'manga inji' brought me to your blog... am happy at discovering it... enjoyed going through yr posts... regards.. dev

4:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finding the mango ginger root in USA is very difficult.. Can we find it in any popular whole foods store?

Thank you

11:18 PM  
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