How to Make Mango Pickle, the South Indian Way

Introduction: How to Make Mango Pickle, the South Indian Way

There are many different methods to prepare mango pickle. This is one such method used in South India which will allow you to store the mango pickle for a long time. The recipe is simple but may take a week as the mango pieces are mixed with salt and seasoned in the sun for a week.

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Step 1: Cut Mangoe Into Pieces

  • Take one medium sized raw mango. This one I have harvested from our tree.
  • Cut the mango into cubes of about 3/4 inches in size.
  • Remove the seed from inside but leave the hard shell intact.
  • Transfer the cut pieces in to a bowl

The raw mango pieces weighed about 200 grams.

Step 2: Add Salt and Keep in Sun

  • Add about 20 grams of crystal salt to the mango pieces.
  • Shake well so that all pieces are uniformly mixed with salt
  • Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and keep it in sunlight.
  • Keep the mango pieces in sunlight for seasoning. Shake mango pieces everyday.

After a week of seasoning, the mango pieces are ready for pickling.

Step 3: Other Ingredients

The following ingredients are required to make the spice powder

  • Dry red chilies 12 to 15 numbers (As per you taste)
  • One teaspoon of Cumin seeds
  • One teaspoon of Mustard seeds
  • One teaspoon of Fenugreek seeds
  • About 5 grams of unprocessed Asafoetida

Dry roast all ingredients separately other than red chilies. Add few drops of oil in the pan for roasting red chilies.

The quantities of ingredients mentioned here are sufficient for about 500 grams of Mango pieces.

Step 4: Grind the Spice Powder

  • Allow the roasted spices to cool and then transfer all ingredients to a mixer / grinder jar

Step 5: Make Spice Powder

  • Grind the roasted spices into powder and transfer to a bowl

Step 6: Heat Oil

  • Heat a frying pan over medium fire
  • Add a tablespoon of cooking oil to the pan. We usually prefer Sesame oil for pickling.
  • When the oil is heated, add a teaspoon of mustard seeds.
  • When mustard seeds start to crack, add the seasoned mango pieces to the oil
  • Use a ladle to turn over the mango pieces till all the pieces are properly covered with oil.

Step 7: Add Spice Powder

As I have said earlier, the quantities of ingredients we have used to make spice powder is sufficient for about 500 grams of mangoes. Our cut mango pieces weighed about 200 grams. So we will add slightly then than half the quantity of the prepared spice powder. You can store the balance for another pickling job.

  • Mix the spices with the mango pieces and cook for about five minutes.
  • Turn off the stove and allow the pickle to cool down.
  • Transfer the mango pickle to a bowl.

Enjoy the mouth-watering Mango pickle with Rice, Chappathy or even with morning breakfast.

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    Question 5 months ago on Step 7

    Hi, I'm cutting the mangos for your pickle. You say to leave the seeds intact. I'm assuming they will be used in recipe with salt for the week of being in the sun, or do they just get thrown out and not used? Could you please get back to me soon as I'm adding salt and starting the pickling process in about an hour. I don't really think a day would make a difference to the pickle If your busy. These are wild mangos as I love to forage foods and make yummy foods with them.
    Thankyou for your very nice pictures of what and how to prepare the pickle too; it makes things much easier.
    Cecilia 👋🐕🥭


    2 years ago on Step 1

    I just want to know we need to wash out mango pieces after seasoning as I have added salt+ turmeric , please suggest


    3 years ago

    Yum! This looks great.

    Is the mango you use ripe or not ripe?

    bhavik zure
    bhavik zure

    Reply 3 years ago

    she uses "unripe" mango here.

    if you want to increase shelf life of pickle then don't cook it along all ingredients,

    add all ingredients in jar and then pour veg oil(heated and cooled) to it.

    this will last for one year.


    3 years ago

    what's ur name iraimathi? yes means u have cool name, so cool


    3 years ago

    superb, so easy to make yet super delicious to eat.

    can you please also share with us the traditional green chilli pickle recipe, the one that tastes similar to the "Pachranga brand" chilli pickles.