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


Priti S said...

Nice recipe ...looks very yum

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Love the name...

Prathibha said...

Never had this,looks delicious

Veena Theagarajan said...

So yummy this is new to me

jeyashrisuresh said...

My friend's mil makes this, i have tasted that too. Very nicely done.

srividhya Ravikumar said...

very new recipe..love it...

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

I too tasted it,never mind to taste again,if u pass it:)

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Akila said...

New to me... N love it


We make the same with gooseberry. Love it a lot :)

Lubna Karim said...

New to me...sounds yum....

Laavanya said...

Haven't heard of this before but sounds fabulous

Priya Sreeram said...

my hubby's fav;looks swell

Jay said...

wow...looks wonderful
Tasty Appetite

Priya said...

The name itself sounds fabulous, i do the same with gooseberries but never tried with mangoes.

Chitra said...

My neighbour makes it . i wish to try :)


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Shammi said...

Totally Tirunelveli, this! :) I LOVE the combination of this pachadi with poricha kuzhambu. My mother would make this pachadi if there were any oversoft vadu manga (which we kids hated) - and boy, how we waited for it! :)

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