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.

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Arachu kalaki - side dish for poricha kuzhumbu Yum
Course side dish
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course side dish
Cuisine south indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Recipe Notes

     Serve with rice and poricha kuzhumbu.


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  1. Nice recipe …looks very yum

  2. Sangeetha Nambi
  3. Never had this,looks delicious

  4. Veena Theagarajan

    So yummy this is new to

  5. jeyashrisuresh

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

  6. srividhya Ravikumar

    very new it…

  7. Premalatha Aravindhan

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

  8. Shama Nagarajan

    Super inviting..Join me in Fast Food – Vermicilli event here :

  9. New to me… N love it


    We make the same with gooseberry. Love it a lot 🙂

  11. Lubna Karim

    New to me…sounds yum….

  12. Haven’t heard of this before but sounds fabulous

  13. Priya Sreeram

    my hubby’s fav;looks swell

  14. wow…looks wonderfulTasty Appetite

  15. Priya Suresh

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

  16. My neighbour makes it . i wish to try 🙂


    sounds yummy..happy to follow u..would be glad if u follow back :)

  18. 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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