Oct 15, 2012

Arachu kalaki - side dish for poricha kuzhumbu

      Arachu kalaki is a very popular dish from kerala. As I belong to Tirunelveli in tamil nadu, we have some dishes from kerala in our staple diet like Olan which I had posted ages ago.
     This is made from small(really small) raw mangoes which is mixed with rock salt and chilly powder in a barani( container for pickles especially). As it ages, the salt brings out the water, the raw mango shrinks, softens,  absorbs the flavours making it suitable for consumption. I will try to post the recipe for this pickle sometime in future.
     So then  whenever poricha kuzhumbu (my hubby calls it poricha kootu, I think natives from Tanjore call it that way) is made, arachu kalaki is a surely prepared along with it.We used to love it when mom made this when we were kids. When I got a bottle of maavadu /vadu maangai from our relatives sometime ago, I make it a point to make this along with poricha kuzhumbu( have made it several times by now actually). And I was quite excited when I made this for the first time.
      It is really delicious and makes a excellent side dish.
arachu kalaki recipe

Maavadu pickle/vadu maangai(small raw mango pickle)- 4-5 pieces
Grated coconut(fresh)- 1/2 cup
Green chillies- 1-2 chopped
Ginger - 1 small piece cut into tiny pieces.
Curd-1 1/2  to 2 cups(beaten)

Mustard seeds-1tsp
Udid dal-1tsp
Asafoetida- a pinch
Curry leaves- few
maavadu pachadi
  Combine the maangai , coconut, green chillies and ginger in a blender and grind it to a smooth paste adding few drops of water. Add the curd to this paste and mix well.
    Heat the oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, udid dal , asafoetida and curry leaves. When it crackles ,add it to the curd mixture. Mix well.
     Serve with rice and poricha kuzhumbu.
vaadu maangai pachadi
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