May 1, 2015

Mavina midi karja uppinkayi - Tender mango and carissa carandas pickle - Mango pickle

pickle in a serving bowl
Mavina Midi Karja Uppinakayi - Tender mango pickle is generally made in two steps. First step is to prepare the salted tender mangoes  in brine and the second one is making  pickle out of it . For the salted mangoes you need to keep the tender mangoes in salt for at least 15 - 20 days. For a good quality pickle, choosing the proper mangoes is also important. 

It is very essential to pick the very tender, even sized mangoes with fresh stems.  Green spotless tender mangoes make a durable and tasty pickle.  I have also used karja (tender carissa carandas / karvand) along with tender mangoes while preparing this pickle. Karja is available in forest and tender karja is used to prepare pickle. It is available in Mumbai market in the month of March. Like salted tender mangoes, salted karja is also prepared in brine before pickling it. 

You can either make the mango and karja pickle together or salted them together in brine and make the pickle separately.  If you don't find karja, you can use this recipe to make pickle with tender mangoes only. My previous post was green chilli pickle and I have used the similar  split mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds powder to make this pickle. 

Mavina Midi Karja Uppinkayi

Prep time : 30 mins
Cook time : 5 mins
Total time : 35 mins
Recipe type : Pickle
Cuisine : Karnataka
Yield : A large jarful of pickle
Author : Vidya Chandrahas

  • 50 tender mangoes / ambe midi / mavina midi
  • 1 ½  kg tender carissa carandas / karja / karvand 
  • 2½  cups salt

For the paste
  • 2 cups oil 
  • 2 heaped tsp asafoetida / hing powder
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder / haldi powder
  • 3 cups red chilli powder

For the powder
  • 50 grams fenugreek seeds / methi
  • 150 grams husked split mustard seeds / sasma dali


1.  Wash the mangoes and karja / karvand separately and pat dry. Spread them on a thin cloth for an hour or till they dry. 
washed tender mangoes and karja

2.  Spread salt, mangoes and karja / karvand in layers  in an airtight jar, cover with lid and keep it aside. Shake the jar every alternate day till the mangoes and krjas/ karvand are salted in brine.
It may take 12 - 15 days.
Tender mangoes and karja in brine

3.  In a large vessel, drain the brine in which mango karja was salted.  Spread the salted mangoes and karja on a thin cloth, let them dry completely. Remove the dried mangoes and karja onto a dry plate. Set aside. Bring the brine to boil till the salt settle down. Cool it, drain and keep aside.
dried salted mangoes and karja

4.  Heat a pan and roast the methi and split mustard seeds separately until golden brown and aromatic. Allow to cool. Then grind it to a fine powder and set aside.
methi mustard powder

5.  Heat oil in a pan. Let the oil get well heated. Switch off the flame. Add the hing powder, turmeric powder and mix well. Let the mixture become warm. When the mixture is warm, add all the boiled, drained and cooled brine, add the powder prepared above (methi-mustard powder).  Mix well. Add the red chilli powder and make a thick dosa batter consistency paste. Note: Taste a little bit of paste to check the salt. If required add salt as per your taste / requirement.
paste to make pickle

6.  Add the salted mangoes and karja. Mix well. Transfer the pickle to an airtight jar.  Spread 1/2 tsp of salt on the top. Heat 1 tbsp of oil, cool it and pour on the pickle.  Cover the lid tightly and kep the jar in a dry place. The pickle will be ready to use after 10-12 days.
salted mangoes and karja added

7.  This kairi karvand achar  can be stored for about a year.
Pickle in a serving bowl

  1. Here salt is the preservative, hence sufficient salt should be used so that the pickle doesn't get spoiled. 
  2. Before storing the pickle, taste some paste and adjust the salt.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp of oil, cool it and then pour it on the pickle in the jar for better shelf life.
Other pickle recipes in this space


  1. A different and interesting style of making pickle....... :)

  2. wow..mouthwatering!!

  3. Yo yo mouthwatering pickle

  4. it's luking hot n delicious.


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