Monthly Archives: September 2009

Food Monday ~ Mango Pickle & Chutney

Padmini, sister of Ramana is Editor/Co-author for some prize/award winning cookery books.  She has been big brother pestered bullied encouraged to sent some recipes for raw mango using dishes that are very popular with South Indians during the mango season, which is during their summer months of April to June. Ramana tells me that once the Monsoon season begins they stop eating the mangoes!

So with special thanks to Padmini, I give you:

Raw Mango Pickled Salad

Famous instant pickle of Tamil Nadu and Kerala (called maangai kari), it is served at feasts. Use crushed red pepper (pizza accompaniment) instead of chilly powder.

Makes ½ litre bottle


  • 250 grams/2 medium Raw Mangoes
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper/Chilly Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder/Haldi
  • ¼ teaspoon Mustard Seeds/Rai
  • ½ teaspoon Salt


  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds/Rai
  • 1 teaspoon Asafoetida Powder/Hing
  • ½ teaspoon Oil

Heat oil and stir fry the ingredients of powder for 5 seconds. Powder this with the mustard and keep aside.


Peel and cube the mango and discard the seed.

Heat oil and pop the mustard seeds; add turmeric, chilly powder. Add these to the cubed mango.

Add the powdered spices and mix well. The salad pickle is ready to be served.

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MAANGAI THOKKU [Grated Mango Pickle]

One of the most popular pickles in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra this thokku (mash) is a staple pickle in every home. In Karnataka they add a teaspoon of jaggery/gu/brown sugar.

Makes 1 litre Jar


  • 5 medium-sized Raw Mangoes peeled, grated making 5 cups
  • ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper/Chilly Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder/Haldi
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 5 tablespoons Sesame Oil


  • ½ teaspoon Mustard Seeds/Rai
  • ½ teaspoon Fenugreek Seeds/Methi
  • 1½ teaspoon Asafoetida Powder/Hing

Dry roast fenugreek until brown.
Heat oil and stir in the hing powder for 5-6 seconds.
Powder mustard, hing and fenugreek finely. Keep aside.

For the Seasoning:

  • ½ teaspoon Mustard Seeds/Rai
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil


Heat oil and pop the mustard. Add the grated mango, turmeric chilli powder and stir. Close lid and cook over a medium flame for 2-3 minutes or until the mangoes are soft and cooked.

Add the chilli powder, salt, and the blended spices.

Add the remaining 5 tablespoons of oil and keep cooking till the oil separates from the mango mash.

Cool and refrigerate.

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Mangai Pachadi (a tangy mango chutney)

A semi-ripe mango makes a great chutney! This dish has a sweet and sour taste.

  • Raw mango 1 large
  • Jaggery ½ cup

The tempering:

  • Mustard seeds ¼ teaspoon
  • Oil ½ teaspoon

Peel and slice the mango into thin uneven pieces.
Add ½ cup water to jaggery and melt over a low flame.
Strain to remove scum.

In a deep pan, heat the oil and pop the mustard.
Add the mango slices and gently stir for half a minute.
Add ¼ cup water, cover and simmer.
Open the lid after a couple of minutes and cook until very soft.
Add the jaggery and simmer until it thickens slightly, like a sauce.
Serve as a side dish with bread, pancakes, rotis, dosas.

Serves 4

If you have any quieries I am sure Padmini will oblige with some Answers.


My sky at sunset taken almost a year ago today.

God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow in them. ~ Anonymous

I am hoping the ‘big’ leg I have grown into this week soon goes back to its normal size! 😆


Thankfully I have returned home to my own bed and my own space.  Moving is very slow but I am almost pain free.  Rome was not built in a day so I am prepared to wait!  It is great to have Elly here with me and I am lapping up all the care and attention.

Rest and exercise will be the order of the day for the next few weeks until I am back up to speed.

Thanks for all the prayers, messages and caring while I was off my feet.

I Realising that the following will off the menu for the next for a few weeks:

Climbing in here.

Exercising with hoola hoops.

Wearing shoes like these.


Trying to ride a bike like this.

At least it doesn’t hurt to laugh! 😆

Hope & Renewal

Ever hopeful our little band of Conrad, Ashok, Magpie 11, Marianna, Ramana and little old me, return once more with renewed vigour to take on the topic of

Hope & Renewal

chosen by our leader, the Good Chief Conrad!

As you all know I have been incarcerated detained hospitalised for several days this week while the shock absorber was replaced. Indeed I am hoping that as this post* goes live to be back home in my comfortable chair with Elly bowing and scraping dancing attendance to my every whim and need.

* I bribed the Good Chief Conrad into deciding early the topic for today. I did not want to let a little thing like a hip replacement, cause me to be evicted from the LBC. So as with all the posts this week and in true Blue Peter fashion, here is a post I prepared earlier… (The show was famous for its “makes”, which were demonstrations of how to construct a useful object or prepare food. These have given rise to the oft-used phrase “Here’s one I made earlier”, as presenters bring out a perfect and completed version of the object they are making — a phrase credited to Christopher Trace.)

What is hope……………..
What hope means

Hope is bright shining light which keeps darkness at the bay
Hope is gentle cold breeze on a hot summer day

Hope is to remain positive when going gets tough
hope is seeking more when others think u had enough

What hope means

Hope is dreaming of tomorrow
Hope is simmering under sorrow

Hope is sparkles when tears in our eyes
Hope is a beautiful thing & beautiful things never dies

What hope means

Hope is as light as a feather
Hope keeps all of us together

Hope is ubiquitous and free of cost
hope is the last thing ever lost…..

~ Vineet Bansal

I am now hoping that a feeling of renewal will wash over me as I adjust to having two legs the same length once more; and that by Christmas, the pain in walking and moving about, will be a long forgotten memory.

Watch out the TOYBOYS!

Thank You

I know that there were many prayers offered,

candles lit and

thoughts in my direction over the last few days.

Thank you one and all.

Please be patient with me as I become accustomed to the foreign object that now lives within my body.

I’m hoping the winter will be kind.

Remember it is Friday…. I think!  So come join the LBCers at 5pm my time.

Thursday Special ~ A Walk in the Woods





meet in the woods.

Bear says: “if I roar in the forest, the entire forest is shivering with fear.”

Lion says: “if I roar in the jungle, the entire jungle is afraid of me.”

Pig says: “big deal…. I only have to cough, and the entire planet shits itself.”

Thanks David, it made me smile!

Post-Hip Replacement Day 2 Update

Looks like the hunky toyboy docs were making Grannymar’s heart race yesterday, so she didn’t get a chance to get out of bed last night.

All her blood tests today are good and her consultant saw her last night and again this morning.

This afternoon she had her first trip out of bed and walked to a chair to sit up for a while. She’s been walking around a little more since.

I just spoke to the ward staff nurse and mum had a good day overall, tomorrow morn they will repeat blood tests and then send her to the gym to see how she perfoms. I’ll possibly be taking her home tomorrow afternoon, but it might be the next day.

Once again, I’d like to repeat mum’s request that no-one call the ward directly. Many thanks for your support on this.

I’ll try and post an update tomorrow morning before I travel up. You can also keep an eye on my Twitter account (@ellybabes) as I can update that from my phone and don’t need an internet connection, so it will be easier to update tomorrow.

Recap 1

Since I am off-line due to technical difficulties, 🙄  do you know if a change of shock absorber comes into that class ❓

Even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one; so I have decided to direct you back to an old post.

I had visitors recently and we were talking about dances and style.  I had forgotten all about this post so many of you may not have come across it before, if you did read it first time round I hope you will enjoy it again.