1tablespoonmustard seeds or 2 tbsp. mustard powder
½teaspoonmethi seeds(fenugreek seeds)
3tablespoonred chili powder(use low heat spice powder, or adjust to taste)
1 ½teaspoonsaltadjust as needed
How to make the recipe
Preparation for mango pickle
Choose raw, fresh and unripe green mango that is firm and has a clear skin. Wash and dry mango thoroughly. Wipe clean with a cloth. Do this the previous night.
If possible sun dry the jar and other utensils used for making pickle, Make sure all the bowls, spoons, chopping board and knife are dry. These precautions will increase the shelf life of the mango pickle.
Dry roast methi seeds on a low flame until deep golden and aromatic. Transfer to a plate and cool them completely.
To the same pan, pour oil and heat it up until slightly warm. Set aside to cool completely. You can skip warming the oil if you intend to finish the mango pickle within 10 to 12 days. Skip heating if using cold pressed oil.
Blend methi seeds along with mustard seeds to a fine powder. Crush garlic.
Chop mangoes to slightly large cubes of 1 inch, using a large knife.
Optional for shelf-life: Sun dry each separately - spice powders, salt, garlic and chopped mangoes. Alternately you may heat them in oven at 60 to 70 C (140 to 160F) for 1 hour (avoid keeping salt in oven)
How to make mango pickle
Add them to a dry bowl, along with red chili powder, mustard powder, salt and lightly crushed garlic.
Pour the oil and mix well. The pickle will be dry at this stage. Cover and set aside for 24 to 28 hours in a dry place.
After 24 to 28 hours, mango pieces will release juices and the consistency of the pickle will change. Check the step-by-step photos above. Stir mango pickle well and taste test it. If needed add more salt.
Store this mango pickle in a clean dry glass jar. Store it in the refrigerator after 24 hours. If storing at room temperature avoid storing in the kitchen or places with high moisture.
It will be ready to serve after 3 days but it tastes best as it ages.
Use dry clean spoons every time you use. After every use, wipe off the sides of the jar with a clean tissue or dry cloth to avoid mold.