19 June 2009

Maavathal kulambu (sun dried mangoes curry)

Dear friends

This dish has been my all time favourite.. its super tangy with lots of tamarind and sun dried mango.. but you can adjust it according to your taste..
Usually the raw mangoes are cut into pieces with lots of salt and are left in a container for few days
then they are dried in the sun for a couple of days until they become really dry..usually my grand mom makes these , but the poor mangoes gets eaten up by me and cousins before it reaches grand mom...the lucky survivors are used by her in the curries..
these mangoes were sent to me by my grand mom ( she managed to save them as we were not around :-) ....)
here is a picture of the sun dried mangoes


Sun dried mangoes - 6 to 7
shallots - 10
tamarind - size of lemon ( i make this dish very tangy so adjust the tamarind as per taste)
curry powder (kulambu milagai thool)- 2 tbspn ( substitute by chilli powder and coriander powder 1:2)
salt - as per taste ( be careful as the mangoes have lots of salt in it)
methi seeds- 1/4 tspn
cumin seeds - 1/4 tspn
curry leaves - 1 stalk
garlic pods - 6
sesame oil - 2 tbspn


  • soak the tamarind and the mangoes separately in hot water
  • heat sesame oil in a deep bottomed pan and add the methi seeds and cumin seeds and allow them to splutter
  • then add the curry leaves and then add the crushed garlic pods, you can sense the aroma at his stage
  • add the shallots which are chopped lengthwise and saute till turns golden brown
  • at this stage add the curry powder and saute for a min or two
  • gently squeeze the tamarind and add only the tamarind water
  • then add the sun dried mangoes and wait for a while then check for salt
  • simmer it till the gravy turns semi thick
  • when done remove it and enjoy with rice and a vegetable kootu
Sending these to Mango Mela hosted by srivalli of cooking 4 all seasons


Pooja said...

Wow this looks so delicious Pooja! Never had this before! Wonder where I would get sun dried mangoes here!

Pooja said...

Thanks pooja.. yeah i dont think they sell them...!

Padma said...

WOW... Pooja - my mouth is just watering by looking at the curry and also those sun dried mangoes.. they are looking so good... I too have eaten lots of dry mango ...but now don't have any with me.... feel like lifting your kadai and placing it in my kitchen table :)

Gita said...

wow Pooja...I am drooling over the kuzumbu and the maavathal...it has been a long time since I had this...thanks for reminding me of this wonderful dish :)

Vrinda said...

That curry looks so yummy pooja..never tasted it before..Where can i find this dry mangoes..?

Pooja said...

Oh padma i would be very glad to send it to only if i could find a way.. do come over will serve you !

Pooja said...

so u have tasted it Gita? i just love this a lot.. ! thanks Gita

Pooja said...

Vrinda i have no idea where to find this..have not lived in the States.. probably you could get there but i seriously doubt that.. but u can make it at home during the summer

Pavithra said...

Wow with mavathal my my dear its really pullin me there...i need to taste but cannot.. really mouthwatering

Prathibha said...

ohh it might be super tangy...is n't it??
Anything with mangoes I m in,,
Even ur bell pepper rings are looking good.

Rush said...

the sundried mango curry is awesome and so tempting..lovely!!

ganga said...

nice pooja.....I tried pulissery with dried mangoes

Varunavi said...

Looks delicious.I loved ur bell pepper rings,1st time here,u have lovely blog :)

Parita said...

I have never used sun dried mangoes in curry, oh my mouth started watering just by looking at the click!!! pls send some curry here...

Anonymous said...

looks awesome! such a sweet granny to send these across....grandmom recipes are always great.. :)

Pooja said...

@ Pavithra
thanks a lot ! my doors are always open for you !

i'm also a die hard fan of mangoes. thanks Prathiba

Thanks a lot Rush

Thanks Ganga.. did u use raw mangoes ?

Thanks a lot for stopping by Varunavi

Thanks Parita...sure will send some for you !

Yeah Divya u r right she such s sweet and gorgeous person !

Ramya Bala said...

hey this is so new and seeing itself is so mouthwatering..yummy dish pooja :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Ramya Bala !

ganga said...

yes pooja,i'm using raw mangoes for pickles &pulissery

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks so yummy, my Mom always make it during rainy days along with Paruppu thogayal(Thoor dal chutney).

Pooja said...

oh must have tasted great

sometimes my granny makes it with thogiyal..tastes heavenly with grandmom's touch !

Sukanya said...

The kuzhambu looks so yummy and what a unique entry for the Mango Mela, I think its one of a kind....Iam definitely going to try this recipe soon.

Sailaja said...

i have dry mangoes must try...

Pooja said...

@ sukanya
thanks a lot sukanya ! do try it and let me know !

@ sailaja
Thanks ! give it a go !

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