Saturday, March 26, 2011

Vadu Mangai/Maa Vadu Pickle

                                                                          I saw fresh maavadu's in mada street mylapore,got tempted and bought a small quantity.I always refer to meenakshi ammal"cook and see"book for a lot of recipes especially this because it is a traditional recipe and stays for a long tried to do the way she had written,of course i adjusted the salt and chillies according to my quantity.
Vadu mangai or maa vadu is the most popular pickle in tamil homes.It is so easy to prepare and it can be stored even for 6 months or more.It is a perfect companion for curd rice in this hot summer.It is the first pickle prepared in the mango season because we use tender mangoes.

You will Need

  • 35 nos Vadu mangais(mini Mangoes)
  • 1 tbs Mustard seeds
  • 12-15 Red Chillies
  • 1/2 cup Rock Salt
  • 1 tbs Castor Oil

1.Wash the maavadus and wipe with a clean cloth and dry it for an hour.While choosing the vadu let  it be with the stem,round (rumani vadu's) are appropriate for vadu mangai.Apply castrol oil over the vadus.

2.Grind the red chillies,mustard seeds and rock salt.
3.Grind in to a smooth paste by adding boiled and cooled water.
4.Pour over the mangoes and let it soak for few days.Every day morning and evening give it a nice stir so that the paste mixes uniform.

5.After one week it will ooze out a lot of liquid and mix with the spices and get soaked in the same water.The mangoes will shrink.

6.Once it shrinks it is ready as it has absorbed salt and the spices.
Enjoy the pickle with some curd rice in this hot summer!!!!!!

  • Use glass or peengan for storing the pickles as others will not withstand the salt.
  • Using boiled and cooled water helps the pickles to stay for long.(shelf life)
  • Adjust the salt and chillies according to your taste.
  • You can use sesame oil instead of castor oil
  • Do not forget to toss the mangoes 2-3 times a day for 5-6 days.
  • By end of the week the mangoes will shrink and it will be covered with spicy water.
  • It is heavenly when had with curd rice.


Reshmi Mahesh said...

This is my fav pickle....if thats there I can have fud without anything else....lovely..

Shylaja said...

my favourite pickle. Wish I had some from the jar

Padhu Sankar said...

My all time favourite pickle .Looks yummy

jaya's recipes said...

Thank you ladies!

Lifewithspices said...

Pls send the jar to me..its yummm..

jaya's recipes said...


Padma Sundar said...

iam all ready to put vadu mangai , for this year, seeing your recipe, yummay with curd rice.