One of the few things I craved all my pregnancy was raw mangoes and especially the by products like Bengali style kNacha Aamer Chutney and Aam Panna. Unfortunately, being miles away from London finding mangoes/green mangoes even in the Asian stores was bit of a challenge. But now that we've moved down south, mangoes are in abundance everywhere. I'm not a mango eater but I am also not a freak to not like raw mango! I mean who doesn't like Amshi(Dried pickled mangoes) or Aamer Achar(Mango Pickle with Jaggery) or Aam Panna(Raw Mango Drink)....and the list goes on! And I simply love the frozen packs of ready to use mango pieces as they make my life so much easier!
And I love the expression of my daughter's face when she eats raw mangoes. With squinted eyes and a little shiver up her spine and goosebumps she is a sight! She will not give up though. I guess this proves that you can take the girl out of Kolkata but you cannot take Kolkata out of a girl! :)
kNacha Aamer Chutney
Lots of cubed, diced or sliced Raw Mangoes - the more the merrier!
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Dried red chillies - 1-2 broken in 3 pieces each
Salt - 1/2tsp
Sugar - depending on your taste, amount of mangoes that have gone in and their sourness (I used roughly 1 small cup of sugar for 2 cups of Mangoes)
pNach Phoran (Bengali five spice) ,dry roasted and ground - 1tsp
Mustard Oil - 1tbsp
1. Heat oil in a wok. Add the mustard seeds and chillies till they splutter. Add the mangoes and fry well. Add salt.
2. 4 cups of hot water(for 2 cups of mangoes) and bring to boil. Lower the heat cover and cook for 5 minutes till the mangoes are tender. Add the sugar and boil till the sugar is dissolved.
3. Check the sweetness. It should not be too sweet neither it should be too sour. Enjoy it with any meal anytime of the day.