Tamil New Year Special -- yummy maanga pachchadi (mango chutney) recipe

This Tamil New Year learn how to make mango pachchadi.

April 14 is Tamil New Year

Tamil New Year is a time for celebration in most Tamilian households as it marks the beginning of a new year and harvest season. One dish that is made during this festival is maanga pachchadi or mango chutney. The significance of this dish is that it has all the 5 tastes -- sweet, salty, spicy, bitter and sour -- that implies the different phases of life and how we must all wade through them as we live. Fairly quick and simple to make, this sweetish sauce can be consumed as an accompaniment.

Here's how to prepare this yummy treat.

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  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 small red chili
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • A few neem flowers
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 small raw mango (chopped)
  • Salt to taste
  • Jaggery to taste


  • Heat ghee in a pan, add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  • Once done, add the urad dal, red chili and neem flowers till the dal turns golden brown. To this add chili powder and fry.
  • Next, add the chopped pieces of raw mango and pour a little water in the pan to cook the mango pieces.
  • Add half the amount of salt you need for the dish in this mixture so the ingredients soak up the salt.
  • Once the pieces are cooked, add pieces of jaggery and salt, allow it to melt.
  • Make sure you keep stirring so the jaggery does not adhere to the bottom of the pan.
  • Once it has completely melted, allow it to boil till the mixture becomes thick.

Your maanga pachchadi is ready. You can choose to serve it warm or cooled and it can be enjoyed with parathas, dosa and idli.

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