Raw mango relish (amba khatta)

August 26, 2008

Raw mangoes! That sounds a little bizarre at this time of the year when it is almost time to bid farewell to the mango season. Being the king of fruits perhaps some of them are late risers that is how on a recent trip to the local supermarket I came across a basket loaded with raw mangoes, I was baffled and I asked the attendant if they were indeed raw or if this was another miracle of science to make the flesh appear green in color when actually they were fully ripe. Unable to explain I took my chances and to my amazement they were indeed raw mangoes.

Recipes kept on juggling in my mind and finally I put a full stop to the rushing galore of never ending recipes one can whip up with the “king of fruits”.

One such recipe that adorns the Oriya menu with the advent of summer season is the raw mango relish or amba khatta. seasoThe sour mangoes are sweetened with jaggery, spiced and seasoned up with jeera lanka powder (dried chilies and cumin powder).

Here is a recipe for raw mango relish.


2 raw mangoes cut into pieces
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon pancha potona
1 tablespoon jeera lanka powder
1/3 – 1/2 cup jaggery or brown sugar
2 dried chilies
Curry leaves
1 teaspoon cooking oil
½ teaspoon salt


Heat oil in a pan. Add the pancha potona, curry leaves and dried chilies. When they start to crackle, add the grated ginger and the mango pieces. Stir and cover them till they are slightly tender. Add sugar or jaggery and salt. Stir it for couple of minutes until the jaggery is dissolved and finally add ¾ cup of water and cover them. Simmer and cook till the mangoes are tender and the sauce is reduced and thickened. It takes approximately 10 minutes.

Garnish it with jeera lanka powder and serve.

Since it was very late by the time I stepped in to my familiar den after a thorough browsing of the supermarkets aisles for deals. I decided to quickly whip up an Oriya meal of moong dal kichri, mashed potatoes and amba khatta.

Note – To thicken the sauce add a paste of 1 teaspoon of wheat flour and 2 teaspoon of water before removing the mixture from the fire. The mixture thickens quickly. You can also reduce the amount of jaggery or brown sugar depending upon your taste for sweetness.

Coming to one of our fascinating events of the month where Zlamuska’s of spicy kitchen has Jugalbandhi for tried and tested recipes. It was exciting to try some recipes from Jai and Bee’s blog. Their anecdotes, exotic recipes and captivating shots are enough to spellbind anyone with an eye for taste.

It was indeed a Herculean task browsing her ocean of incredible recipes but I am glad to have tried these beauties. Not to mention about my latest craze in making the low cost Ego lights clearly demonstrated by them, thanks a lot Bee.

Mocha chocolate pots

Kashmiri garam masala

All these tried and tested recipes goes to dear Zlamuska’s event. Thanks for hosting such an event.

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  • Reply jayasree August 26, 2008 at 6:47 am

    Lucky to get some raw mangoes at this time of the season.
    Nice entries for T & T. Great clicks.

  • Reply Arundathi August 26, 2008 at 6:47 am

    would love some of that chocolate!

  • Reply notyet100 August 26, 2008 at 7:45 am

    awesome post…liked everything,…specially hot choclate cup…

  • Reply sowmya August 26, 2008 at 9:01 am

    loved the recipe with raw mango.. I too find raw mangoes even now in the local markets..will try it!!

  • Reply bee August 26, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    what a delicious recipe with raw mangoes we get them frozen here. i’m craving some chocolate now

  • Reply bee August 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    shibani, try adding a tiny pinch of powdered saffron to that garam masala. it takes it to a whole new level.

  • Reply Aparna August 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Btw, is there an e-mail id I can write to you at?

  • Reply Aparna August 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    You’re lucky to be able to find mangoes even now!

    I remember that delicious .chocolate from Jugalbandi (in those green cups)

  • Reply Jayashree August 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Like the relish recipe. Beautiful pics.

  • Reply Nirmala August 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Lovely spread! The mocha choc cup looks excellent. Nice potographs!

  • Reply Kevin August 27, 2008 at 12:21 am

    I have never seen raw mangoes but I have been wanting to try them. That mango relish sounds good.

  • Reply Divya Vikram August 27, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Wow..wonderful recipes in this post dear..I love the mango relish..Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Vanamala August 27, 2008 at 12:21 am

    hey nice one…

  • Reply ANJALI J. August 27, 2008 at 12:21 am

    oohh! amazing picture. i bet it tastes equally delicious.

  • Reply Hima August 27, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Nice pictures… and recipes

  • Reply Clumbsy Cookie August 27, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Wow, you have great looking food here. Althoug I don’t even know some ingredients you mention everything looks great, and those chocolate pots, yummmm !

  • Reply Uma August 27, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Woooh! that mango relish is so delicious shibani! choco mocha just divine.

  • Reply Priti August 27, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Just loved everything from aam khatta, hot chocolate cup…nice pics

  • Reply SriLekha August 28, 2008 at 11:20 am

    tagged u! check it out!

  • Reply Vaishali August 28, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Lovely spread, Pearlsofeast. That amba khatta made my mouth water just to think of it.

  • Reply Cham August 28, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Raw mango , hmm such a tasty relish! Love ur thali!
    The choco is incredible 🙂

  • Reply SriLekha August 28, 2008 at 11:20 am

    first time to ur blog and u have a lovely one! added u to my blogroll and an award is waiting for u here!


  • Reply Rachel August 29, 2008 at 6:12 am

    Am Awed at that spread..and the mocha pots…what can I say!!!

  • Reply Manggy August 29, 2008 at 6:12 am

    Ah, I’ve never heard of oriya cooking before! It looks very delicious! Of course, mangoes are my absolute favorite fruit 🙂

  • Reply Lore August 29, 2008 at 7:12 am

    Looks delicious! The rice looks gorgeous too (I have a rice fixation lately :P)

  • Reply meeso August 29, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    That relish sounds delicious, I wish I could try it! Everything looks so good, including the Mocha and I LOVE the last picture, It’s beautiful… Like art!

  • Reply delhibelle August 29, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    yum..that oriya thali of yours is calling out to me, and the chocolate pots & kashmiri masala are superb picks from Jugalbandi

  • Reply SriLekha September 5, 2008 at 12:38 am

    wow! yummy! the dish looking so good!
    Check out my blog for this moth event and do participate in it!

  • Reply zlamushka September 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    thanks for a wonderful entry (i meant entries) I loved the chocolate pots myself and kasmiri masala sounds fantastic.

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