Sweet Mango Pickle

Sweet Mango Pickle/ Aam ka meetha achaar

This is the simplest pickle to make and such a sweet and sour treat it is! Goes well with paranthas , dal-rice and khichri. It is bursting with flavours and is a sure-shot mango chatka!
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A big thank you to my dear friend Duru Jassal- an excellent cook and an expert on Sindhi cuisine. I learnt this from her, yes I say learnt, because she almost gave me an online pictorial when I made it for the first time. I have made it a number of times since then, finishing with a huge batch now to last us the whole mango-less year till next April!

Mangoes, peeled and cubed- 1 Cup
Granulated Sugar- 1 Cup
Cinnamon powder/dalcheeni- 1 tsp/2 cinnamon sticks
Cloves/laung- 8-10
Bay leaves/tej paat – 4
Fennel seeds/saunf- 2 Tbsp
Cumin seeds/Jeera- 2 Tbsp
Nigella seeds/kalaunji- 1 Tbsp
Salt- 1 Tsp
Red chilli powder/laal mirch- 2-3 Tbsp
Vinegar- 2 Tbsp

And here is the very simple procedure
Add all the ingredients apart from red chili powder and vinegar in a heavy bottomed pan and cook on medium heat till the mangoes are cooked through. Add the red chili powder.

When cool, stir in the vinegar.
*The mangoes need to be nice and sour for this. If the mangoes are not very sour, reduce the amount of sugar.