Mango curry in Mangalorean style is a blend of under ripe mangoes with spices making it a wonderful combination of sweet, tangy and spicy flavors. In Tulu, it is called Kukku dha kajipu. During summers and in the mango season, it is commonly prepared in all homes in Mangalore and also served at most special functions.

The mangoes used for this curry are a small wild variety (kaat kukku in Tulu) which is fibrous. If you cannot get these, you can also try with any small variety mango which is slightly under ripe but not raw and not fully ripe.

Ingredients to prepare Mango Curry

7-8 small mangoes

1 tablespoon jaggery

Salt to taste

For the masala

3-4 cups coconut

4-5 Red chillies (byadagi)

1 teaspoon of coriander seeds, cumin seeds

3-4 cloves of garlic

¼ medium sized onion

¼ teaspoon methi seeds (Fenugreek), turmeric powder

For seasoning

1 tablespoon cooking oil

1 Teaspoon mustard seeds

1 sprig curry leaves

2 red byadagi chillis

Method to prepare Mango Curry

  1. Wash the mangoes well, peel their skin and set aside.
  2. Soak the mango peels in water for 15-20 mins. Hand squeeze the peeled skins gently to extract its juices.
  3. Add these juices to the container with mangoes – this helps make the gravy flavourful.
  4. In a pan, dry roast the methi seeds, coriander seeds, red chillies for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Grind the dry roasted seeds along with the rest of the spices for masala. Add water to make into a smooth paste.
  6. Transfer the contents to a pan and add a cup of water. Cook on medium flame till it comes to boil. 
  7. Add peeled mangoes along with juices, salt & jaggery to the masala. Jaggery is added to temper the sourness (if any) in the mangoes. If the mangoes are in a ripened state, adding jaggery is optional.
  8. Cook till the gravy thickens and turn off the heat. 
  9. Heat another pan (for seasoning) and add one tablespoon oil.
  10. Add mustard seeds and allow them to pop. Add red chilli and curry leaves. 
  11. Add this seasoning to the mango curry and stir well

This Mangalorean style ripe mango curry goes very well with rice.

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