Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pacha Mangaa Perakku - Raw Mango in Coconut Yogurt Mix (A kind of Raw Mango Pachadi)

There are certain recipes that stay close to our heart for several reasons and this is one among them. This is again my granny's recipe and is quite similar to Pacha Manga Pachadi - Cooked Raw mango in ground coconut and yogurt, but this do not require any cooking other than for the seasoning part. 'Perakku' simply means 'mix' in local Kannur/Tellicherry Malayalam and just as the name says it is a mixture of raw mango and few ingredients.

As I mentioned before when we were kids there were hardly any days when our Meenkaran(fisherman) did not bring fresh fish at our door steps. My grandma knew very well unless we get Meen(fish) curry or Fry it is hard to make us eat even a gulp of rice especially my little sister who was a very picky eater then. There were few simple tricky condiments/side dishes/curries which my grandma use to prepare to make us eat rice such as unakkamean(dry fish) fry or chammanthi(chutney), Puliyum Mulakum - a combination of tamarind with green chilies, shallots n salt, many more quick side dishes and of course her very own 'Perakku'. She prepares different kinds of perakku like onion perakku, onion-tomato perakku, raw mango perakku etc among which this one was our favorite. Try this out for a jiffy side dish for any flavorful or plain rice/Parathas. Enjoy!!!!


  1. Raw Mango - 1/2 of big mango or 1 if it is small
  2. Grated Coconut - 1 cup
  3. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  4. Slight Sour Yogurt(Thick Yogurt) - 1 cup
  5. Onion finely chopped - 1/2(optional or shallots 2)
  6. Green chilies finely chopped - 4
  7. Ginger finely chopped - 1 tsp(optional)
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Few curry leaves
For seasoning:-
  1. Coconut oil - 2 tbsp(or veg/canola oil)
  2. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  3. Dry red chilly - 3
  4. Few Curry leaves  

Preparation Method:-
  • Wash and peel the skin of raw mango, chop them into fine cubes and put them in a bowl. Add the chopped onion, green chilies, ginger, few curry leaves and salt to the chopped mango and mix it well with your clean hands or toss well to mix everything.
  • Make a fine ground paste of coconut and mustard seeds with very less water(use water just to get it ground) and add to raw mango mix.
  • With a fork or spoon slightly beat the yogurt just to remove lumps if any and add it to the raw mango mix and stir slowly to mix everything. Check for the salt and adjust accordingly. 
  • Heat a small frying pan, pour coconut oil, crackle the mustard, add the curry leaves, dry red chilies stir  for few seconds and take off the stove. Pour them to the prepared Raw mango mix/perakku.
  • Serve with Plain Rice or any flavorful Rice or Paratha.

1. Adding onion is optional, you can opt out that if you are not an admirer of raw onion. I add it sometime, skip sometimes.
2. You can crush the mangoes in a food processor, just be careful not to blend it. It should be small but bite pieces.
3. You can make the same without raw mango, just onion mix/onion-tomato mix/pineapple mix or any fruit/veggie of your choice.

Sending this to The Kerala Kitchen Event hosted by Roshan @ Roshan's Cuccina and DIP IN-The Big Chutney Chow Down Event hosted by Priyas Now Serving and Show me your Hits hosted by Sangee Vijay @ Spicy Treats


  1. Awesome recipe,looks so yummy and nice presentation too....

  2. this dish is very new to me..congrats on your kerala kitchen award..

  3. Superb Pachadi Dear.Drool-worthy.Delish clicks.Useful recipe

  4. New one, thanks for sharing, very refreshing pachadi..

  5. Nice recipe. Thanks for sharing..

  6. This is superb,makes me nostalgic..tangy and yummy

  7. This is my fav too,but i dont add onions,mouthwatering.....

  8. That is an all time fav raita - Looks great - thanks for linking to my event dear!

  9. Very lovely similar to pachadi ,new to me..Quick yet love the tangy flavors!!

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  10. Nice flavors !! very interesting !!

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  11. They look delicious..kothi sahikkan vayya

  12. Looks Delicious Prathibha...It's a favorite with my family

  13. Grandma's recipes will always be near to our heart :-)I really miss the meenkaran and the fresh meen here..a lot :(
    pachadi looks delicious

  14. Perakku looks soo tempting..I love perakku a lot..missing home after seeing amma makes velerikka and pachamanga combined perakku...i don't need anything else wot

  15. Just came across your blog and a pleasant surprise to find this recipe. In South Malabar / Valluvanad area this recipe would be without any tempering and ginger is not used. It always interesting to see the regional variations. Looks delicious. :-)

  16. looks wonderful sent you an email you are the winner of the libre tea glass

  17. I can already get the tangy feeling from the photographs..nice recipe.

  18. New way to use Raw mango .. Loved it

  19. Hi Prathibha, Thx for stopping by kothiyavunu and for lovely comments..nowdays I bit irregular in blog hopping, somehow I missed ur comments. U too have wonderful space here :)

    Perakku looks so delicious..its one my it!


  20. Hi prathiba.. a super delicious and appetizing dish. I love mangos, always boost my appetite. Thanks for sharing dear. Have a pleasant day

  21. Hi prathiba.. a super delicious and appetizing dish. I love mangos, always boost my appetite. Thanks for sharing dear. Have a pleasant day

  22. The recipe is just perfect and the gorgeous presentation makes it even more appealing. I am drooling!! Bookmarked for sure!

  23. Wow dear, am so amazed at the clicks. You have posted one of my favorite dishes. have got to try this now..! Yummy..!

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