The season of Mangoes is coming to an end and Mampazha Pulissery is a kind of seasonal recipes which makes it a must in the Vishu Sadya.
The recipe is pretty much simple, and if you can prepare it without adding water, it would make it very tasty. It is said that it tastes better with 'Naattu Manga' , tiny mangoes packed with flavour. I prepared using regular store bought ones.
To boil the mango
3 medium sized ripe mangoes, cubed
Water separated from curd - 1/2 cup
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Half of a medium sized coconut, grated
3 green chillies
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
......300 ml hung curd (the water from this can be used to boil the mango)
1 tbsp oil (Coconut oil would be best)
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1 or 2 sprigs curry leaves
3 whole red chillies, split
1/6 tsp fenugreek seeds, dry roasted and powdered
In Kerala, mampazha pulissery or any other curry made of curd is cooked in a clay pot. If you do not have one, you can use a thick bottomed steel vessel and make sure it is cooked in low flame or else the curry will stick to the pan.
In a clay pot, place all the ingredients to boil and cook it on low flame for about 7 minutes. Meanwhile make a thick paste using all the ingredients under 'to grind', if required add leftover water from curd. Once the mangoes are cooked, add the ground mixture and when it is hot enough, add curd and check for salt. Turn off heat. The curd will cook in the residual heat of the pot.
Heat another pan and add oil. When the oil is hot add mustard seeds, and when the spluttering is over, add the curry leaves and chilies and saute till nicely fried. Add this to the mango mix. Stir and then add the fenugreek powder, stir again. Close with a lid immediately to prevent the aroma from escaping. Serve it with rice and a vegetable stir fry or use it for a Sadya.