Thursday, 4 April 2013

Manga Inji + Manga Achar

Another speciality of the summer season is we prepare loads of pickles and vadams. I have not yet tried my hands on vadams/papads but I do make a lot of pickles. This season I have started with a pickle made using manga inji.

Manga Inji is a root which is a look alike of ginger, but smells like mango and has a little tangy taste. Hence the name manga inji which literally translates to mango ginger. I haven't seen manga inji sold in any of the grocery stores. My MIL grows this in her back yard and hence we have a regular supply of this root.

Manga inji alone cannot be used to make pickle since it has very little tangy taste. Usually my mom prepares manga inji with chillies and lemon juice. Its a great accompaniment for curd rice. I tried a different one. I mixed manga (raw mango) and manga inji and made a pickle. It tasted wonderful. I initially made a very few quantity since I was not sure how it would taste. But now I have requests for making more...

Manga Inji - 200 grams
Raw Mango - 150 grams
Salt - 5 tbsp
Fenugreek - 20 grams
Mustard - 15 grams
hing - 5 grams
chilly powder - 4 tbsp
gingelly oil - 50 grams


  • Chop the raw mango and manga inji into finer pieces. 
  • Add the required amount of salt.
  • Mix well and keep it aside until you see water oozing out if the mango pieces.
  • I kept this for about 2 days (48 hours)
  • Dry roast the fenugreek and powder the same.
  • In a kadai, pour gingelly oil and add mustard.
  • Once mustard splutters add the fenugreek powder and hing.
  • Add the chilly powder immediately switch off the stove.
  • Add the soaked mano + manga inji pieces. Mix well until chilly powder is evenly combined.
  • Store in a clean and dry air tight container.
  • I kept this for about one week without refrigeration and the pickle didn't go bad.
  • For longer storage probably we need to refrigerate.

Manga Inji + manga achar is ready!!! This would be a good accompaniment with curd rice as well as dal rice.

Linking this to celebrate - summer event guest hosted by nivedhan's


  1. Adipoli Manga inji achar.

  2. Mouth Watering ..
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  3. Did you drain away the water that comes out after soaking, before adding the pieces to the oil?

  4. I had used a lot of smoothies flavours but mango melon lime smoothie really new taste for me. I would to make this recipe in my kitchen and will enjoy thanks for sharing...!

  5. Mangoes are my favourite fruit second to pineapples. I have 2 types of mango trees in my backyard and so the mangoes I eat is always fresh.