Nadan Manga Achar.

Kerala Instant Mango Pickle Recipe / Nadan Manga Achar Recipe.

How to Make Kerala Mango Pickle / Aam ka Achar Recipe / Spicy and Easy Raw Mango Pickle Recipe / Instant Onam Mango Pickle Recipe / Nadan Manga Achar / Kadumanga Achar.

Mango Pickle is one of the pickles that are quite an essential item in the kitchens of Keralites. Also it is a compulsory item for the Kerala Sadya / the traditional feast like Onam and Vishu. Mango Pickle can be made in different versions. Most of the Indian states have their own way of making Mango Pickle, though the major ingredients remain the same everywhere. In some of the Indian states they make it without adding oil.

We call it as Kadukumanga Achar in Malayalam. Kaduku means Mustard seeds. Since mustard is an ingredient in this pickle, the name Kadukumanga. Our forefathers might have given it the same name!! I used to think and ask myself how it got its name Kadukumanga acahar?!!

After coming to Kinshasa, what I have noticed is that we never get raw mangoes from the super markets. In order to make this recipe, I have searched several times for raw mangoes in the super markets, and sometimes I tend to buy some mangoes thinking that it is super fresh and raw, but while cutting it we get to see slightly yellow and sweet mangoes!! It is such an irony the non-availability of raw mangoes in the shops. Sometimes I ask my domestic to pluck it from the trees somewhere, if he knows.

After I started working in the present school, there is no difficulty in getting raw mangoes as the school is having plenty of trees and the principal is also very generous in allowing us to pluck fresh raw mangoes. 

This time when I went to my parental home in Kerala, my mom served me her own special mango pickle that she made out of mangoes plucked from our own garden. After having it, hey I just asked her how she made it. She explained the way she has made it. The taste of that mango pickle, speechless!! Within two days half a bottle got over. I saw my niece enjoying it just like some yummy snacks!!  I didn’t ask my mom to make it for me to take it to Kinshasa. I saw my dad plucking mangoes from the garden to make pickles for me. The same day My mom made this pickle. I helped her in cutting mangoes, though I couldn’t finish the work as I had to travel to my husband’s home on the same day. After reaching Kinshasa we are using this tasty pickle.  That pickle’s recipe I will post here later.

Onam is around the corner. From the Malayalee Association of Kinshasa we got a call yesterday asking for making something for the Onam get together. Suddenly I remembered of posting this mango pickle for this Onam which I made and had taken the pictures long back for posting for this Onam.

I wish you all a very Happy Onam..

Servings: 2 small bottles.

You may like Kerala Instant Mango Pickle.

Here goes the recipe of Nadan Mango Pickle..

Ingredients for Making Nadan Manga Achar:

2 cups Raw Mango (peeled the skin lightly and diced) 4 cups
½ cup Garlic (peeled and sliced)
2 tbsp. Kashmiri Chilly Powder
½ tsp. Turmeric Powder
¼ tsp. Black Pepper Corns
1 tbsp. Mustard Seeds
¼ tsp. Fenugreek Seeds
¼ tsp. Asafoetida Powder
4 tbsp. Gingelly Oil
1 ¼ tbsp. Salt
1 string Curry Leaves
1 tbsp. white Vinegar (optional)

How I made Mango Pickle:

Wash and peel raw mangoes. Cut it and discard the seed inside. Chop into small pieces.

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and when it crackles add fenugreek seeds. Immediately add the garlic slices. When it starts to turn slightly golden in colour, add the curry leaves. Now add all the powders and mix it well without letting it burn.

Turn the heat off and add the raw mangoes. Add red chilly powder and asafoetida. Mix it lightly until the spices are well coated on mango pieces without making the mangoes go mushy.

Next add the raw mangoes. Mix it. Keep it aside.

Let the pickle cool down completely before transferring it to the bottle. Refrigerate it and it will stay for one week or more.

This goes well with Chicken Biriyani,
Curd Rice,
Good Friday Kanji,
Chana Dal Biriyani,
Veg Pulao,
Veg Fried Rice,
Fish Dum Biriyani,
Tuna Fish Biriyani, etc.,

My Recipe Notes on Kerala Manga Achar:

1. I have taken 3 medium sized raw mangoes. Don’t peel the skin of mangoes completely. The skin will help the mangoes not to get mushy.
2. Use sour, fresh and raw mangoes for making this pickle. If your mangoes are not sour you can add little more vinegar than what I have given in the recipe. Vinegar helps the pickle to stay for a long time.
3. Adjust the chilly powder as per your preference. If you are using fenugreek powder, use 1/8 tsp. instead of fenugreek seeds.
4. Once your pickle is made and bottled, if you find oil is less, heat little oil in a pan and add to the top. It will prevent fungus getting attracted to the pickle.
5. Use only clean and dry spoon to scoop pickle from the jar. If you use wet spoon it will add moisture in the bottle which attracts fungus and the pickle will get spoilt fast. Close the bottle tightly with a lid every time you use.
6. I use gingelly oil for all the pickles. Use any cooking oil you like, but gingelly oil tastes great in pickle.

Happy Cooking.. Cheers.. Seena.


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Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 25 mins


Kerala Style Instant Mango Pickle / Manga Achar, a must side dish for Kerala Sadya like Onam and Vishu. You would love this hot and sour pickle.

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