June 16, 2009

Mambhaza Kaalan - Mango pulp in yogurt, coconut gravy

Ripes mangoes are best, when eaten as it is. No second opinion about that. But when there is abundant mangoes, which cannot be finished just by eating them alone, it goes into gravy preparations. During my growing up years, in summer, the upstairs room will be filled with mangoes spread on a bed of hay to ripen. Those days, very rarely vegetables are purchased and my grandma always do with the veggies fresh from the garden. In summer, mangoes and jack fruit are the most repeated ones. They are cooked in their different stages. ripe mangoes (mambhazam) is added to sambhar, pachadi or morkootan. My favorite is mambazha kaalan. This is similar to morkootan. May be, it is referred as kaalan for its consistency. Call it any name you like, the dish is absolutely tasty.

You need
Medium sized ripe manges - 3 nos

Beaten curd/yogurt - 1 cup

Red chilli powder -1/2 tspn


turmeric powder - 1/2 tspn

To grind

Grated coconut - 1/2 cup tightly packed

Green chilly - 3 nos

For Seasoning

Oil - 2 tspn

Mustard seeds- 1 tspn

Red chilly - 2 ( broken into 2)

Curry leaves

Methi seeds - 1/2 tspn


Slice the mangoes into big pieces. Cook the mango pieces along with the seed in enough water. Add chilly powder, turmeric and salt to it. When the mango is cooked well, remove the pieces and seed to a plate and leave it to cool. Squeeze the pulp from the cooked mango, discarding the skin and seed. Mix the pulp into the drained water, used to cook the mangoes.

Grind the coconut and green chilly with little water to a smooth paste. Blend the ground paste into mango pulp mix. Mix in the beaten curd and blend everything well. Adjust salt. Bring to a boil. Remove immediately when it foams on the top, else it will become watery because of the yogurt added.
Do the seasoning and enjoy with hot rice and a side of papad.

Optionally you can add some ash gourd or vellarikkai to this. I have not added them. If you like the curry to be little sweet, you can add a piece of jaggery while cooking the mangoes.

This is off to Mango Mela hosted by Srivalli


  1. Magoes are the best in the world:-) Nice recipe...my fav one too.Thanks for sharing!

  2. Last week when I rang my sis, she told me they are having this for their lunch as she knows i love this curry and now you are also making them and i am drooling all over.
    Wish i had a huge plate of rice and this kalan. Drool :-)

  3. Achcha, so you call it kaalan! We call it mampazha morkootan and I too am posting this soon. My mother made it when we were at Bangalore and the children just loved it! Looks tasty too:)

  4. Wow this is my fav too.. lovely looking ..

  5. No one can say NO to mangoes.. This is an ultimate recipe for summer! looks delish.

  6. Nice recipe with mangoes...i love the tangy n sweet flavor of this..

  7. My my such an nice yummy dish!!! yogurt,coconut and mango that sounds interesting!!!

  8. Yum, that sounds absolutely delicious!

  9. I just love all the ingredients that went into this one. Great mango pick for the season!

  10. lovely... we just bought loads of mangoes yesterday

  11. looks so yummy!! Pretty color.

  12. ummmmm you are making me drooling that s really so tempting ummmmmmm yummmmmmmy

  13. we get to eat only a few mangoes ..so am eating them whole without using them in any form of cooking..but this looks yumm..am tempted to try it..

  14. Hi Jayashree, this sounds so mouthwateringly good. I remember my parents cooked something like that-- it was a konkani dish. This is something I'd love to try with soy yogurt.

  15. hi jayashree, this looks so yummy..., does it has a sweet taste in it ? i have never done anything like this. I have got a mango left with me i will try this...

  16. My mom makes this & she completely adores it. The mambazha kaalan picture is so yummy reminds me to cook this soon.

  17. I have never heard of Kalan...We used to call is Mambazha Morkootan...just like Mango Morkootan...yum...I wish I could smell the ripe Banganapalli mambazha smell....Hmmmmm...Missing HOME!!!

  18. I agree, Jayasree. Call it by any name but its just great.
    This has now become Akshaya's favourite. And she didn't use to like morkootan! :) See what mangoes can do to a person. :D

  19. Completely new recipe to me...looks awesome.....will try this soon...bookmarked......

  20. Yummy! A new dish for me....
    Looks so good...

  21. Hi Jayashree my first visit here,u hav a nice blog..Mambazha pulissery is my fav,looks perfect..


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