Mango Rice or Manga Sadam or Maamidikaaya Pulihora is a seasonal special South Indian Mixed Rice dish that is made with raw or unripe mango.
Today's thali features this dish along with a couple of other dishes. The thali that's showcased today is something that's very sweet and dear to me. This happened a couple of weeks ago even before I extended the Thali Mela date. It was on Akshaya Tritiya and I was supposed to eat at the office, while Amma said she will call everybody else for lunch.
It so happened that we had a power shutoff at the office and my lunch got disappeared before I could even think about it. I returned home and was welcomed with a feast. Only then I realized it was a festival and Amma had pooja.
By the time we sat down for lunch, it was pretty late, and looking at my plate, I almost wished that I had taken time to click a picture. Knowing that getting up at that time get everybody's wrath, I thought to myself that I must recreate that thali some other time.
Imagine my surprise when Amma asked if I saw the pictures. I couldn't understand what she was talking about. Only then hubby dear very sheepishly confessed to taking thali pictures. I was so touched, and even happier when I saw that Daddy had decorated the pictures with fruits, as it was Akshaya Tritiya.
The entire thali was one detectable feast and Amma had made quite a few new dishes. I was only glad that I got my whole family hooked on clicking food pictures!
We make the Mango Rice in a couple of ways. The recipe that I have already posted uses coconut and green chili paste, while today's is a simple version of Mango Rice.
Rice - 1 cup
Raw Mango, grated - 3/4 cup
Red chilies - 3
Green chilies - 2
Curry leaves - few
Mustard seeds, Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Channa dal - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts - handful
Raw Peanuts - handful
Hing/ Asafoetida - a pinch
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt as needed
Oil - 1 tbsp
How to make the Mango Rice