Friday, 8 June 2012

Mango Pickle ( North Indian style )

Mango Pickle
Mango pickle with chick peas
For all the different stages mango can be used for different purposes it is correctly called The King Of Fruits.
 It can be used in raw as well as ripe form to make many things like jam, cooling drink, pickles etc. Pickles are enjoyed with every meal all over India. In Southern part of Indie Pickle and rice along with Curd is and in Northern part of India apart from Dal Chawal pickles are taken with all sort of Parathas. The method of making mango pickle and its taste varies from one part of India to other part. The recipe of mango pickle I am writing today is at the request of my very good friend Janaki. She belongs to Andhra and loves North Indian pickle, like I love her typical Andhra pickle!

Preparation Time: 60min (for preparing spices mixture and cutting mango)
Servings: Makes 1.5Kg.  g. Pickle approximately

Ingredients Required for Making Mango Pickle:
  • 1kg. Raw Mango
Raw Mangoes
  • 100 g, Saunf (Fennel seeds)
Saunf (Fennel seeds)
  • 50 gm. Methi (Fenugreek seeds)

  • 25 gm. Kalonji (Nigella seed, they are Onion seeds)
Kalonji (Nigella seeds)

  • 100gm Red chili Powder
Red chili powder
  • 50gm. Red Kashmiri mirchi powder
Kashmiri mirchi powder

  • 50gm. Turmeric Powder
  • 1Tea spoon Asafoetida
  • 150gm. Salt (or to taste)
  • 500 ml. Mustard seed oil

Directions for Making the Pickle:

  • Cut the part of mango where the stalk connects to the fruit.
  • Wash the mangoes nicely and dry them by wiping with clean cloth.
  • Keep the mangoes for 30 min. under the sun on a cloth piece / tray/plastic to make sure that all outside moisture is removed.
  • Cut the mangoes to the required size.
Mango pieces
  • Remove the seeds.
  • Take the mango pieces, 50gm. salt and turmeric powder in a steel or glass bowl and mix them thoroughly.
Mango pieces being marinated with salt and turmeric powder
  • Cover with a plate and keep under sun for 5-6 hr. for marination.
  • Some liquid will separate out during marination of mango pieces.
  • Remove the mango pieces from the liquid and keep in a dry bowl / plate.
Marinated mango pieces
  • While the mango pieces are getting marinated in salt and turmeric under the sun take 50gm. of Saunf and roast them to pinkish brown color.
Roasted Saunf (Fennel seeds
  • Take 25gm. Methi seeds and roast them to pinkish color.
Roasted Methi (Fenugreek) seeds
  • Roast whole of Kalonji on low flame.
  • Mix the roasted and remaining (50gm. saunf and 25 gm. methi seeds) unroasted seeds and grind them to coarse powder.
Coarsely ground mixture of Fennel  (saunf)seeds and fenugreek  (methi)seeds
  • Add kalonji to this powder of roasted seeds.
Kalonji added to the coarsely ground mixture of Methi and saunf seeds
  • To the liquid separated from marinated mango pieces add all the powder of spices.
  • Add salt, 10 gm red chili powder to the mixture and approximately 100 ml. oil and mix nicely to make homogenous paste.
Red chili powder, salt and oil added to the spices in liquid from marination of  mango pieces

Spices mixed in the liquid from marination of mango pieces
  • Mix the paste of spices and marinated mango pieces nicely so as to coat all mango pieces with the spices paste.
Spices mixed with marinated mango pieces
  • Cover the container in which the mango and spices mixture is, with a neat cloth piece and keep under sun for 2-3 days.
  • In a wok take remaining 400ml. Mustard seed oil and heat it on high flame till it is smoking hot.
Oil in wok being heated for pickle
  • Remove the wok from heat and allow it to cool for 5-10min.
  • Add 1 tea spoon of saunf, red chili powder, Kashmiri mirchi powder and asafoetida and stir.
  • The chili powder will get cooked in oil leaving color, taste and flavor to the oil.
Chili powder and hing cooking in oil

Oil and chili powder mixture ready to be added to the mango pieces
  • Add this hot oil and chili powder mixture to the mango and spices mixture.
  • Mix the contents thoroughly.
  • Pickle is ready to be bottled.
Mango pickle ready for bottling
  • Bottle the pickle in a glass bottle and cover it with a clean cloth piece.
  • Tie the cloth piece tightly and keep it under the sun for 10-15 days.
Mango Pickle
  • Pickle takes30 days minimum to mature.

  • The mango for pickle should have hard kernel otherwise the pickle will not last long.
Mango with hard kernel which should be taken for pickling
  • All utensils used should be dry.
  • Red chili powder should not be added to smoking hot oil, otherwise if will get burnt leaving bad taste and black color to the pickle.
  • Don't use plastic bottle for the pickle as it has certain chemicals which will go into the pickle and  are harmful. 
  • Do not change mustard oil with any other oil because the real taste of this pickle comes when made in mustard oil. 
  • If you are getting the mangoes cut from market then after they are cut wash them first with water white vinegar mixture ( 1:10 ratio of vinegar and water) and then dry under the sun.

Suggested Variations:
  • Few cloves of garlic can be added it not only changes the flavor but also acts as preservative.
  • Wipe the chick peas with a clean cloth and add it to the prepared pickle before bottling, 
Mango pickle with chick pea
  •  After 20-30 days the chick peas will swell up and will have all flavor of spices and sourness of raw mango.
  • For one Kilo of mango 50 ml. white vinegar can be added to the pickle before bottling to increase the life of pickle.
  • Whole red chilies can be added to the hot oil before adding chili powder these. 


  1. Love this Style of pickle..esp when it's fresh and the mango is still tangy

    1. Thanks Namita. Try Mixed vegetable pickle it is tasty and healthy.

  2. I made the achar from this recipe.. Its really tasty... Thanks so much!

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  4. Hey, its awesome. I really love this pickle. Surely I will make this. You can also buy mango pickle from here:-

  5. Fennel seeds contain several volatile oil compounds such as myrcene, chavicol, fenchone, and cineole, which assist the digestive, and carminative functions of the body.

  6. Enjoyed reading it and my mouth was watering through out. Thanks for sharing, but have you ever tried South Indian Andra Style Mango pickle, You can also try Mango pickle Aam achar and various andhra pickles by SITARA at their online store , The India's biggest online store for pickles. Bitter Gourd pickle achar or kakarakaya pickle and various andhra pickles by SITARA at their online store , then it's a totally different scenario health and taste combination.

  7. Mouthwatering Fabulous recipe. I love Andhra style avakaya/ mango pickle. the making process shown here looks very clear. I feel like it will be helpful and useful to the people who stay far away from homes and pickle lovers. I will be giving a try this weekend. Thanks a lot.!

  8. Mouthwatering Fabulous recipe. I love Andhra style avakaya/ mango pickle. the making process shown here looks very clear. I feel like it will be helpful and useful to the people who stay far away from homes and pickle lovers. I will be giving a try this weekend. Thanks a lot.!

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