|Raw Green Mangoes with Homemade Pickle|
Mouth-watering pickles are a must all over India. Pickles are the comfort food of rich and poor alike. There are many different varieties that are readily available all over America and around the world. Sweet ones are mild in flavor with a tangy taste and have their own place within a meal. Spicy, salty, tart and tangy are very common flavors. I just love the taste of khatta achar which means “sour pickle.”
A meal is not a meal without “achar” which means “pickle.” Here is a quick recipe of Aam Ka Achar which means Mango Pickle.
|1||Small||Raw or Green Mango|
|1||Tsp||Achar Masala (pickle) to taste|
|1||Tsp||Mustard Oil or Vegetable Oil|
- Wash the mango and dry it.
- Cut the mangoes into cubes. Small cubes will work better.
- In a jar place all the cut mangoes.
- Add achar masala and mix together.
- With a spoon, squeeze all of the pieces down into the jar so there is no air.
- Now pour in 2 tbsp of mustard oil so it covers the pieces.
- Stir it twice daily, once in the morning and once at night.
- Leave it outside for two days.
- Then refrigerate in a airtight container.
- The Pickle should last at least for few weeks.
Easy to make and my favorite with khicahdi!
- Achar masla is made of fenugreek seed powder, salt, red chili powder and oil. It should also be available at Indian grocery stores near you.
- Oil and masala can be added according to taste.
|Raw mango pickle with crunchy mathi|
Health Benefits of Mangos
Mangoes are very much beneficial for people suffering from acidity and its enzymes helps to relieve indigestion problems. The Bio-active elements such as Esters, Terpenes and Aldehydes present in mango aids to easy digestion.
High level of soluble dietary fiber, Pectin and Vitamin C present in mangoes helps to lower serum cholesterol levels specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol.
Improves Concentration and Memory Power
Mangoes are useful to children who lack concentration in studies as it contains Glutamine acid which is good to boost memory and keep cells active.
For Treating Acne
Mango helps in clearing clogged pores that causes acne. Just slice the mango into very thin pieces and keep it on your face for 10 to 15 min and then take bath or wash your face. Use warm water for washing your face.
High Iron for Women
It’s a known fact that Mango is rich in Iron. People who suffer from anemia can regularly take mango along with their dinner. Generally women after menopause become weak and they should take mangoes and other fruits rich in iron. Pregnant ladies can also take mangoes occasionally as their body needs iron and calcium during that time. Too much consumption of mangoes should be avoided during pregnancy. If you have generally taken lots of mangoes right from your childhood then you can consume mangoes when you are pregnant as it wont affect your body.
Mango is slowly gaining new acclaim as diabetes fighter. Earlier there was a myth that people with diabetes should not eat mangoes but that’s not true. Not only the fruit the leaves also fight against diabetes. Before going to bed put some 10 or 15 mango leaves in warm water and close it with lid. Next day morning filter the water and drink it in empty stomach. Do this regularly.
Prevents Cancer and Heart diseases
High amount of antioxidants are present in mangoes. So mango when consumed regularly fights against cancer and other heart diseases. As mentioned earlier it also lowers cholesterol.
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