The making of Uppumanga- Salted (Tender) Mangoes in Brine

Tender mango pic 2

Was it the dearth of topics that kept me away from this dear space of mine for so long ? Or was it the laziness to use the creative part of my brain?  I don't know may be everything piled up to a "very tall" blogger's block which almost blinded my vision, and never did I try to push it away and clear the path...until now...

Why now ??mm mm..I was pondering over the same and I guess the changing seasons makes a huge impact on me ....The longer days, with light warm sun, the temperature hitting 60's, the signs of new life - the spring ...Ah I m rejuvenated ! That's it !

Tender mango pic

February-March is the time we get fresh fresh tender mangoes( kannimanga) in our local Indian store. This is the time I make batches and batches of Uppumanga for summer and fall and save some for winter. I love recreating those traditions the generations before used to do..I take pride and joy in bringing back those good old memories..and those sprinkles of memories makes it all worthy of re-creation.!

My mom loves it so much and so do we and never had to make it , since grandma always packs an extra jar -"bharani" , to my mom knowing her love for this. They make it in early summer , and save it for the monsoon, when the entire Kuttanad would be flooded and no means to get vegetables else where!...Uppumanga Chammanthi with coconut ,pairing it with shallots ( kunjulli ) to make a chammanthy for kanji , uppukari and charukari and ammachi even makes an uppumanga meen curry.......ah ! I add a little brine from this jar in everything I make , just like my mom and the salty chili flavored brine has a very distinctive smell which screams yummy!

tender mango with green chili (1 of 1)-3
Uppumanga -how to make

Recipe for Uppumanga - Salted tender mangoes in brine
Yields :- 2 medium glass jars
Total time - 3-4 weeks

Tender mangoes ( kannimanga) - 15-20( or use 2 raw mangoes sliced )
Green chiles -10-12 slitted
A glass jar which can hold the entire mangoes or take two jars
Salt to taste ( I added 1.5 to 2 tablespoons )
Water - a little more than what 2 jars can hold

Clean , wash and wipe the tender mangoes with a clean cloth. 
Bring to boil the required qty of water , add salt and let boil. Switch off the flame and let come to room temperature.
Add the mangoes and slitted green chili to the jar , add enough water to cover it .
Take a clean white cloth , cover the mouth of the jar and secure it tightly with a kitchen twine and then secure it with lid.
Keep in a cool dark corner for 3-4 weeks and then you can start using it . I keep it outside not more than 5 weeks , and then refrigerate it . But the time depends a lot on the qty of mangoes too. Some will be done even before this time .and if the skin is really hard it will take some more..
Always use clean cloth , jar and pot , else you can see fungus.

See My recipe for Uppumanga Chammanthi 

66 comments:

Aarthi said...

This is one of my fav..I love to have it all alone as well as with curd rice..yum yum..

Princy Vinoth said...

i love this..waiting for some mangoes to make them!

Shri said...

Sarah! Good to see this post! Yes the mangoes have come into the Indian groceries. In our part, we do not put green chilles in this pickle; but a good idea! My post for this is in the drafts stages- did not find time to post!!!:-) Yes, this time I decided to pickle

Sarah Naveen said...

Thanks gals..and Shri...I love adding green chilli to the brine , cos i use that brine for chutney and curry and it has an extra kick to it :-)..

Sarah Naveen said...

Oh I so wanna make some kannimanga achar with it :-)

Neelima Thampi said...

Sarah, I was thinking what happened to you? You were silent for a long time and now back with a bang. I luv little mango so much. But here we do not get it that much fresh

San said...

A good attempt on mango pickle sarah.

Rathai said...

Gorgeous pictures, Sarah! I love sour/raw mangoes and curries and pickles made from these too. I was gawking at the first picture for the longest time and my eyes simply refused to move away to read the rest. All the pictures are beautiful and your posts always make a lasting impression and this one is no exception. :)

Turmeric n Spice said...

I just love these mangoes....aww the simple joys of life !! i really want to steal the jar ....my longing more so cos we don't get tender mango here in the US.

maha said...

new 1..looking yumm too.vl try to do this sure

Suja Manoj said...

Gorgeous pics,drool worthy..love it

Shobha said...

I have eaten them but never made at home...perfect with curd rice.

Amber said...

Salted mangoes...
I really like it.
Great!

Julie said...

Very delicious n yummy masala!!
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Only Fish Recipes said...

wow...what a wonderful post dear !thanks for sharing the recipe....wonderful presentation n clicks !

Meena said...

OMG...this looks soooo good!!

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Tina said...

Adipoli...

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely post... glad you are back!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Welcome back dear.. Perfect for the season . Love the photos with low light. good effect


Deepa
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Rekha shoban said...

super pics!!!!achar looks yummy..love to eat with curd rice!

Soundarya V said...

Perfect combo with curd rice..love it

Roshu said...

Mouth watering hereeeee......

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

Ente ponne.. kothiyaavanuu.. :)

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

mindblowing pics... u have given it such an old world charm, charming. i love the simplicity of this preperation

chinmayie @ love food eat said...

I love these mangoes in brine. Mom makes it every season and uses it a lot in cooking. Beautiful photos...

Ganga Sreekanth said...

kothi sahikkan vayya .......

♥LOVE2COOK MALAYSIA♥ said...

I'm waiting for the mangoes to come in too!!! This is so new to me..still yummmmmm ;)

vineetha said...

Oh honey... U have taken me back to my childhood ...my ammamma always make this in big Barani and just a spponful of the brine water was enough for me eat rice..mhmm delicious.lovely post. Great that u r recreating it there. :)pine entundu vishesham ??

Sarah Naveen said...

Thanks a lot gals :-)...ah Vineetha , the brine water and kanji..ooh!!!

Sarah Naveen said...

To all those anonymous comments posted here...Yes I read your comment .I am sorry I had to delete it since all of it had links....Thanks a lot for informing me about so and so website which posted a couple of hours later this same recipe with exactly same pictures( taken by her) and same words as you pointed .....Ah the blogging world is full of deceit and treachery , thats what experience shows me...and i have no clue as you say , what do they achieve by it..I didn't know I was such an inspiration within hours ! Should I be proud or angry ? I don't feel a thing :-)..have been there . seen it ! and I am sure those who see it understands ..it was one hell of a coincidence..!

Rachana said...

Awesome pictures and loved those salted mangoes.

Bindu said...

Beautiful pics Sarah :) perfect combo with curd rice.

An Open Book said...

the pic of mangoes in a box is so pretty i just want to keep looking at it. Nice to have you back..hope you will be more regular.
thats a bowl i picked up from a charity store, im thinking its a soup bowl of sorts :)

Malli said...

The Uppumanga is a favorite of mine too and this is just awesome.... who doesn't think of uppumanga chammanthi with kanji on cold nights? Comforting:)

Kai ruchi said...

Awww lovely! I am drooling over the pictures. Nice photography too

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Ahhh super...Uppumanga and kanji oru super combo annu...Just love it..Hey clicksumm super annu ketto..

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Love this...drooling.....yummy....beautiful clicks.

zareena said...

Sarah!!! the clicks are simply amazing. they look perfect and delicious. Mouth watering and kothi vannitt vayya.

Anu said...

Looks lovely. Nice clicks. Happy to follow you

Richa said...

the pictures are gorgeous.. love the moody light and perfect captures. we hardly get raw mangoes here.. i'd love to make some of this sour goodness!

Rinku Naveen said...

OMG Sarah this is too good. Vaayil vellam varunnu.. Just love it any time. Instead of green chillies I love adding kandari mulaku. Spicy and tangy uppumanga..
Pics are just too too good. You amaze me every time with such gorgeous clicks!

deeps recipes said...

Oye,Sarah..
Why this kolaveri.. :-)
You are bringing out ,these nostalgic treasures ..sooooooo,tempting!

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen said...

I love love love this.

Amrita said...

Ye-ah! I'm looking forward to the mango season as well! Your brined kaccha mangoes just made me slobber.
And I must say, your photography is beautiful. What camera do you use?

Follow foodie said...

Wow!!Amazing picture quality..Great work.First time here.Will visit again , Also i started following you

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Jade @ Maids said...

you always amaze me with your simply work, good :).

Cookery Courses said...

Great pictures - I feel inspired!

indugetscooking said...

Brilliant pics, especially the first one. Glad you have overcome your blogger's block :)

Hemavathi Murari said...

Great Sarah, nice to see uppumanga.

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the Junkie book said...

A great post this is...very dignified. the photo is perfect and nostalgic. kudos!

Reshmi said...

great blog.. first time here.. :)
glad to follow you...
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Anonymous said...

two days after your post I spotted kannimaanga in patel bros and bought it. I made it and my mangos are already smelling divine. they started to shrink also. Sara, you are doing a very good job . vazhayilaa is a great inspiration for people like me to cook different things.
Manju

Sarah Naveen said...

Glad to know u tried and liked it Manju :-)..Happy I am inspiring , thats just my goal is :-)

Justbeanme said...

The one thing i miss most is this dish,Wish we get this mango in our local Indian grocery here!!
parcel it please... wow... so tempting!!!

Sarah Naveen said...

I thought all Indian stores in US carry those ;-)...I already started making chammanthy with it ;-)

Rookie Qookie said...

Lovely images! Loved esp the first one - the color and the tones are very beautiful :)

PrathibhaSreejith said...

Super duper yummy, enikku vayya one of my fav again. Bharani's full of these and many more achars used to be our childhood Summer Vacation at granny's place :-)
I never found them in Indian Stores here. Think I'll have to drive to NJ to get some, Sarah ighane kothippichal oru divasam raavile door thurakkumbol avide kothi moothu blinkunnu 4 faces kaanum ketto he he ;) Hope rest all well, tc

Sarah Naveen said...

Majority of us mallus have similar memories alle...i honestly thought u get this everywhere..lemme know if u guys come by NJ okie :-)..Would love to meet u :-)

Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet said...

Beautiful photos! I've never heard of this dish before but it sounds so interesting I"m going to have to try it! My family loves mangos!

deeps recipes said...

dear Sarah,
Today only I could read this Mouth watering post...
Was on holidays..
Love to read your write ups,don't get lazy ;-) ok..Take care,Deep.

Shri said...

Stunning pi9ctures, Sarah! Totally fell in love

thepickyeater said...

i love mangoes ! gorgeous clicks...

paddyskitchen said...

Being a Keralite myself I loved your posts.Brings a slice of home to me.The photographs are stunning and the recipes are clear.

Rumana Ambrin said...

I simply love raw mangoes...

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Love it, Delicious

Aysha said...

Wow Sarah.I love the way you try to bring back our old traditions!These mangoes are my all time favourites.

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