“Neeru Mavinakayi” is what we call brined mango, which is basically a firm fully grown, matured but un-ripened mango which is preserved in salt water. We usually relish this in the rainy season or in the off season by preparing some of our traditional dishes.
For this we usually use wild mangoes, which are smaller in size and stays and tastes very good too for a long time.
Here in Bangalore, I don’t get wild variety and I usually pick a smaller sized mango, which is sour and locally it is used for pickle.
Now we will see how to proceed with this mango-
Raw, firm, well grown Mango – 3 kgs
Crystal Salt or table salt – 1 ½ to 2 cup
Drinking water – to immerse.
Glass Bottle – Big size
- Select well grown, firm mangoes.
- Wash, and keep it ready.
- Take glass bottle or porcelain bottle, fill all these mangoes, put salt and pour water until all the mangoes are immersed.
- Close the lid and keep this aside.
- Next day morning, check for the salt and if water is not salty in taste, add little more and adjust.
- Water should be salty and if it is done, keep this jar in a corner for a couple of months or until its outer skin becomes little lighter in colour.
- When it is ready, you can use this for any brined mango recipe.
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