There are only a few people who don’t like mangoes.. Mangoes which come with the advent of the hot summer season and end with the beginning of rainy season. The king of fruit is found only for few months. I personally love mangoes in both raw and ripe form. And I believe we should have these seasonal fruits prettily as they are found once in a year .
Not only mangoes I love everything which can’t be found for next one year. Whether it is berries like strawberry or black plum, or vegetables like red carrots, green peas and pointed gourd. Now a day’s every fruit and vegetables are found all entire the year and also we are storing few in our refrigerator. But they taste great and different in their season.
Well, today I have come up with a sweet mango pickle recipe, which is popularly known as mango Chunda. This is a traditional Gujarati conserve and can be made with Amla , raw turmeric and lemon also. Aam ka Chunda or mango chunda is a common preparation among all the Gujarati folk. And believe me or not this is the best ever sweet pickle.
This Chunda has a balance taste of sweet , sour and spiciness, Flavored with ginger, onion seeds, cumin powder and sounf powder. Traditional method of Making chunda is very difficult and time consuming. They combine grated mangoes and sugar in a pot, cover it with a damp cloth and allow it for sun bath for a certain period of time.
This pickle is made by getting/absorbing heat from the sun which allow sugar to dissolve and become a clear syrupy consistency . It takes almost 15-20 days to be ready. Still people follow this method as they are addictive with this. This pickle can be stored up to a year or more. And it’s so tasty and delicious that it can be consumed with chapatti, paratha or even with bread and poori.
Every year I make this and store it for a year till the next mango season comes. But here in Tamilnadu we are getting raw mangoes during Monsoon also. So I made a small batch of Chunda this time. Also I am going to share a quick and easy method of Chunda without compromising with taste. Let’s make…