Punjabi Mango pickle or Aam ka achar preparation is completely different from the Andhra style or South Indian mango pickle. It is a very popular pickle that goes well with parathas. There are so many varieties of mango pickle and each has its own uniqueness. Punjabi Mango pickle is made with Indian spices and mustard oil. But I have replaced the mustard oil with gingelley oil. This pickle has a distinct flavour and aroma when compared with South Indian pickles. I have a friend from North India and when she made this pickle, I loved it. This is less spicy and has a shelf life of one year. It will take less time to make this pickle. The main step is in drying the mango pieces and making the pickle masala.Also check my other Mango pickle recipes Vadu MangaiMangai thokkuMangai KariAvakkai
Take the raw mangoes, wash it well and wipe it using a clean cloth.
Chop them into big pieces. Discard the seed.
At this stage we can also measure the chopped mangoes. It should be around 4 cups.
Transfer the chopped mangoes into a bowl. Add turmeric powder and 4 to 5 tbsp of salt.
Toss the mangoes well. It ll helps in coating the mangoes with turmeric powder and salt.
Now take a plate, spread a clean cotton cloth on the plate.
Place the mango pieces on the cloth and dry them under the sun.
If the temperature is hot, then the mangoes will get dried in a day.
Meanwhile we can make the pickle masala.
In a mixie jar, add fennel seeds, fenugreek, yellow mustard, Nigella seeds, salt (3 tbsp ).
Grind them to a coarse powder.
The pickle masala is ready.
Now take the dried mango pieces and transfer it to a bowl.
Into the mango pieces, add the ground pickle masala.
Toss it well and then mix it with a spatula.
Similarly, add gingelley oil into it and mix with the spatula.
Then add the red chilli powder and give it a quick mix.
The pickle is ready.
Allow it to set aside for a week. Further, mix it once everyday.
After a week the colour of the mangoes will change and it will shrink.
Transfer the pickle to a clean sterilised bottle.
Add oil an inch above the pickle and as a result the shelf life of pickle will be more.
Store it for an year and use.
Traditionally Mustard oil is used to make this pickle. So you can substitute Gingelley oil with mustard oil if you like the flavour.
The shelf life of the pickle is one year. Use clean spoon while taking the pickle for the long shelf life.