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Wild Mangoes Recipe

 Mangalorean wild mangoes, also known as "maavina hannu" in the local language, are a cherished fruit native to the coastal region of Mangalore in Karnataka, India. These wild mangoes hold a special place in the hearts of the locals and are eagerly awaited during the summer season when they ripen and become available.

Wild mangoes are distinct from the cultivated varieties found in markets. They are smaller in size, with vibrant green skin and a unique shape that sets them apart. The flavor and aroma of these mangoes are truly exceptional, often described as a perfect blend of sweetness and tanginess.

One of the distinctive characteristics of Mangalorean wild mangoes is their intense aroma that fills the air when they are ripe. It is not uncommon for people to catch a whiff of the fragrance from a distance and follow it to the source, which might be a tree laden with these delicious fruits.

The locals have developed various traditional recipes and culinary delights that showcase the distinct flavor of Mangalorean wild mangoes.

Apart from their culinary uses, wild mangoes also hold cultural significance in the region. They are often used in religious ceremonies, festivals, and traditional rituals, symbolizing abundance, prosperity, and auspiciousness. The sight of a tree adorned with ripe wild mangoes is considered a blessing and a cause for celebration in Mangalorean communities.

Every year, during the wild mango season, people flock to local markets and fruit stalls to get their hands on these prized fruits. The limited availability and short duration of the wild mango season make them all the more precious and sought after.

Mangalorean wild mangoes are a true treasure of the coastal region, cherished for their unique flavor, delightful aroma, and cultural significance. They are a reminder of the rich agricultural heritage and the deep connection between the people and the land. For anyone fortunate enough to experience the joy of savoring a Mangalorean wild mango, it becomes a memory to be cherished for a lifetime.

Here is an easy wild mango sweet and sour recipe.

Time duration:15 minutes

Serves: 2

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 Wild Mango Sweet and Sour Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe mangoes
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 2-3 tablespoons jaggery (adjust according to your taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder/bafat powder (optional, for a spicy kick)
  • Fresh curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 dry chili
  • 1 green chili

Instructions:

  1. Peel the mangoes and set the flesh along with the seed aside. In a bowl, squeeze the peeled skins of the mangoes to extract the pulp, adding a little water to help with the extraction.
  2. In a saucepan, heat 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Once the oil is heated, fry the crushed garlic pods. Then add the mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Add the dry red chili, curry leaves, and onion. Fry the onion until translucent.
  3. Now, add the mango pulp and peeled mangoes to the pan.
  4. Add jaggery, salt, green chili, and chili/bafat powder to the mango curry. Mix well until the jaggery is dissolved, and the mangoes are soft and coated with the seasonings.
  5. Cook the mixture on medium heat for a few minutes until the flavors meld together and the mangoes are tender.

Enjoy your sweet and sour mango as a delicious side dish! The combination of jaggery, spices, tangy mangoes, and sautéed onion will add a delightful twist to the flavors.

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