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Mangai Thokku | Raw Mango Spicy Dip | Condiments

When finalising for Alphabet M of the Mega Bm, I had options like Manohara Urundai, Mysore pak and many more. Somehow more than the Vadu Manga Oorugai (tender mango pickle), was more keen to make this Manga Thokku. I had made Manga Pachadi earlier for the Ugadi festival meal. And this year for the Tamil new year, I chanced upon real tart mangoes to make this dish. Its a condiment which has more than 1 month shelf life in the refrigerator.


This is similar to the kothamalli thokku (Green coriander pickle) that my grandma used to make, but so much less effort, yet an authentic lip smacking condiment thats bound to go with anything from parathas to rotis to sandwiches to curd rice :))


So, as the mango season is upon us, do grab some raw tangy mango and make this thokku.


Manga Thokku | Raw mango spicy pickle / Dip

Vegan and GF Condiment with shelf life of upto 1 month under refrigeration

Serving Suggestions : Curd Rice / Steamed rice + sesame oil / parathas

Also can be used as a spread with bread slices or any yeasted bread


Prep time : 15 mins, Cook time : 20-25 mins


  • Raw mango – 200 gms (1 large or 2 medium sized firm tart mangoes)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil (preferably Sesame oil) – 6 to 7 TBSP
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 TBSP
  • Turmeric – 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 TBSP (or to taste)
  • Jaggery – 1 TBSP (opt. but recommended)

To dry roast & grind:

  • Mustard seeds – 1 TBSP
  • Methi seeds / fenugreek / vendhayam – 1/2 TBSP
  • Asafoetida – a generous pinch (about 1/4 tsp) – skip for a GF version ( I use the Katti perungayam or the hing bar out of which I pinch out a tiny piece to be fried. If using powder, dont roast) 



  • Wash, wipe dry the raw mangoes. With the skin on, grate into a bowl. Add requisite salt and turmeric powder. Mix well &  Let it marinate for 15 mins.
  • Meanwhile dry roast all ingredients under “dry roast and grind” column one by one. Let it cool and make it a semi smooth powder. I like it a little coarse, so powder accordingly.
  • In a deep bottomed non stick / thick bottomed pan, add half the oil. let it heat and add mustard seeds, and now add the marinated grated mango.
  • Saute well on low flame for 3-4 mins.
  • Now add the red chilli powder, jaggery and the spice powders and mix well. I add the ground spices in batches so I know when to stop till it reaches a bitter-sweet-tangy taste.
  • Add the rest of the oil and cook turning it continuously till it leaves the sides
  • Cool and store in an airtight sterile glass / ceramic / steel container. plastic is not recommended for storing condiments, even if they are food grade certified.
  • Keep refrigerated for upto a month and use a dry spoon for every use.




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  1. Suma Gandlur

    That is one lip smacking thokku, Kalyani. Drooling here. I don't get to see pickling mangoes much locally and even I can lay hands on them, they charge exorbitant.

  2. MySpicyKitchen

    WE make something similar but didn't know it lasts for a month. We finish it off with in a week. Drooling over the pickle.

  3. Manohara Urundai sounds new, must check out..I love mangai thokku, good one..

  4. Gayathri Kumar

    I just love this thokku so much. Looks so inviting..

  5. The Solitary Writer

    This looks like an easy dish! Looks Yummy too… Will tell Amma to check this out..

    M -Men are from Mars

  6. vaishali sabnani

    Thokku is interesting , and specially with raw mango , it must be absolutely yum .

  7. Perfect pick for M.. Its seasonal too. Absolutely delicious.

  8. cookingwithsapana

    Raw mango pickle looks lip smacking delicious.

  9. What a yummy yummy thokku Kalyani. My mouth's watering just looking at the pics. I have to get my hands on some raw mango to make this one.

  10. Amara’s cooking

    Such a delicious thokku Kalyani, the mangoes I get might not stay for a month but I'm going to try anyway as it probably gets eaten in couple of days..

  11. Smruti Ashar

    Such a flavorful and lip smacking thokku Kalyani! I still have to get my hands dirty with all the raw mangoes. Never tried it so far!

  12. Priya Suresh

    Lipsmacking here, wat a fingerlicking thokku, drooling here.

  13. Very flavorful. I make this thokku with whatever kind of mangoes I an lay my hands on 🙂 But the authentic taste is sometimes missed 🙂

  14. The Pumpkin Farm

    you have picked nice firm green mangoes, am yet to find this , rather pick these…there are some recipes that instantaneously flood water in the mouth…this is one of it

  15. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    I am literally drooling after looking at your mango thokku. This is the favorite kind of pickle that my boys like to eat and I make it quite often.

  16. Chef Mireille

    love the way you styled first photo – background cloth really makes photo pop

  17. wow mouthwatering can have this with any meal nice one.

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