Vani’s Musings

Mango Madness

Posted on: April 21, 2007

Summer is here, bringing with it oppressive heat, oodles of sweat, sudden thunderstorms…………. and mangoes. An Annual treat, mango is aptly named the king of fruits. There are, I guess, very few who wouldn’t love mangoes.

 I, for one, am particularly partial to the Benisha, or Bengenapalli variety.  

 A Mango Tree, like the coconut tree has many uses. Its fruits are consumed, so are raw mangoes. It goes without saying that no Hindu religious event is complete without the “Thoran” and “Kalash”, both of which are conspicuous by the presence of mango leaves. The wood from the tree is used for furniture, therefore earning the very apt name of “Kalpavriksha”. 

The sight of juicy, yellow-gold mangoes is definitely a sight for sore eyes. And the aroma! No amount of words can describe that heavenly aroma of mangoes…I love visiting the Mango market every year. 

Here is a small list of mango varieties grown in India.  

States -Varieties 

Ø      Andhra Pradesh: Bengenapalli, Bangalora,Cherukurasam, Himayuddin, Suvarnarekha

Ø      Bihar: Bombai, Langra, Fazri, Himsagar, Kishen Bhog, Sukul, Bathua

Ø      Goa: Fernandin, Mankurad, Alphonso

Ø      Gujarat: Alphonso, Kesar, Rajapuri, Vanraj

Ø      Haryana: Dashehari, Langra, Bombay Green

Ø      Karnataka: Alphonso, Bangalora, Mulgoa, Neelum, Pairi

Ø      Kerala: Mundappa, Olour, Pairi

Ø      Madhya Pradesh:  Alphonso, Bombai, Langra and mostly seedling types

Ø      Maharashtra: Alphonso, Kesar, Mankurad, Mulgoa, Pairi

Ø      Orissa: Baneshan, Langra, Neelum, Suvarnarekha and mostly seedling types

Ø      Punjab: Dashehari, Langra, Chausa

Ø      Tamil Nadu: Banganpalli, Bangalora, Neelum, Rumani, Mulgoa

Ø      Uttar Pradesh: Bombay Green, Dashehari, Fajri, Langra, Safeda Lucknow, Chausa

Ø      West Bengal: Bombai, Himsagar, Kishan Bhog, Langra   

Mango season is also synonymous with pickles, my Ajji makes different varieties of mango pickles to be stored for the whole year, and most important among Ajji’s pickles is the Avakkayi, a foodie’s delight.  Nothing short of pure bliss to mix hot rice and ghee and Avakkayi or Thokku…. but one must be careful about the amount of pickle mixed, as it is potent enough to sent tongues on fire and if caught unawares, one might need a fire brigade to cool the burning tongue. 

In the Seaside districts and Malnad Region, another variety of Pickles is common, and that is the Maavina Midi Pickles, which is prepared by soaking the small raw variety in salt water and enough red chilly powder.  

 Mango season also means less usage of tamarind in the kitchen. After the raw mango is used for preparations like Mango Rice or Mango Dal or Thokku, the kernel is retained and added to the Rasam to impart sourness to the dish. Apart from this, raw mangoes are also dried and powdered to make “Aamchoor” which is used for the same purpose.  

Each region has developed its own taste of savoring mangoes. Some like it cut into pieces, some like the juicy variety. Poori-Aamras is a very famous combo in Maharashtra, just like eating a juicy mango with curd rice in many parts of Karnataka.  For Six months, Mango becomes a part of our lives, so much so, that the usage of other fruits simply next to nil. Even in our temples following the Chaaturmaasa Vratha, almost all the fruits other than mangoes are not used in the mango season. 

The Mango will rule the palate for another six months and then vanish into oblivion, bringing us to wait again for summer for a taste of this blissful fruit.     


28 Responses to "Mango Madness"

very good write up, Thank you, Vani. Brings back some of my old memories.

ಈ ಬೇರೆ ತರಹದ್ದು ರಸಪುರಿ, ತೋತಾಪುರಿ ರೀತಿಗಳದ್ದು ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಗುತ್ವೆ. ಗಿಣಿಮೂತಿ ಮಾವಿನಹಣ್ಣು ಅಂತ ಒಂದು ಕೇಳಿದ್ದೀನಿ. ಶಾಲಾದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ತೋತಾಪುರಿ ಮಾವಿನಕಾಯಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಫ಼ೇವರೈಟ್ ಆಗಿತ್ತು. ಮಾವಿನಕಾಯಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಉಪ್ಪು, ಖಾರದಪುಡಿ ಬೆರೆಸಿ ಕೇಕ್/ಐಸಿಂಗ್ ತರಹ ಲೇಪಿಸಿ ತಿನ್ನುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆವು.

ವಾಣಿಯವರೆ, ನೀವು ಹೇಳಿದ ಹಾಗೆ ಮಾವಿನಕಾಯಿ ಉಪ್ಪಿನಕಾಯಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಮೊಸರನ್ನದ combination ಅಂತೂ ಯಮ್ಮೀ.

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾವಿನಕಾಯಿಮರ ಇದೆ. ಸುಮಾರು ಪ್ರತೀ ವಾರ ಧಿಡೀರ್ ಉಪ್ಪಿನಕಾಯಿ ಮಾಡುವುದು ವಾಡಿಕೆ.

Mango milk shake ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಪಾಪುಲರ್ ಡ್ರಿಂಕ್. ಸಮ್ಮರ್ ಟೈಮ್‍ನಲ್ಲಿ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಐಸ್ ಕ್ಯೂಬ್ಸ್ ಹಾಕಿಕೊಂಡು ಕುಡಿದರಂತೂ ಲಂಚ್ ಕೂಡ ಬೇಕಾಗಿಲ್ಲ 🙂

ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಇತ್ತೀಚೆಗೆ M T R / priya ಉಪ್ಪಿನಕಾಯಿಗಳು ತಿಂದು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಹೋಮ್ ಮೇಡ್ ಉಪ್ಪಿನಕಾಯಿ ರುಚಿ ಸುಮಾರು ಮರೆತುಹೋಗಿರೋ ಹಾಗಿದೆ heheh…

Slurp slurp!!! Lovely mouthwatering post! I also like Banganpalli a llot…. and hey.. you forgot to mention Raspuri?

[…] Vani waxes eloquent about mangoes. The sight of juicy, yellow-gold mangoes is definitely a sight for sore eyes. And the aroma! No amount of words can describe that heavenly aroma of mangoes… Linked by shruthi […]


Yeah…Totapuri maavinakayi eeglu tintaa ideevi…except that we are in the cool confines of office…I have asked a mavinkayi vendor to come here each afternoon…naavella purchase maadteevi, and eat it with uppu-khaara pudi.

Yeah Shru, forgot Raspuri, which is Bangalore’s own variety…..ond haadu ide, I dont know if you remember “Hadinentu Tumbida Hennu, Rasapuri Maavina Hannu”…. Thanks for reminding.

Alphonso earlier was known as Badami ansutte (nuaghty 😀 variety) i loved that.. becoz of the color and taste.

Favourite Malgoa as it used to taste ummm with chapathi in the form of seekarne.

Sakkre haNNu antha innondh variety from Andhra borders … tiny mango fruit very sweet and we used to almost swallow the seed in hurry while eating.

Manog Festival in Lalbagh should be in schedule soon alwa?? We should visit it 😉 How about MB meet there next….

Having grown in Kolar district, which is a home of mangoes, my tryst with mangoes goes back 20 years.

In mango season, I would gulp only a few grains of rice for my lunch, to have more mangoes after that.

Mom used to say “Hasida Halasu Unda mavu”, a distorted version of “Hasi Halasu Unde Maavu”… and would refuse to give me a mango unless i had my food. So, I had to resort to the other alternative of little food and more fruits.

Every day I used to have three-four mangoes. I also would enjoy visiting my friends’ mango groves and having fruits directly from tree to mouth!! Those sllllllurpy things… how much I loved them…. now a days there is no scope for me to have mangoes in that way…mangoes in markets of Bangalore are not as ripe and not as tasty as that would be in those days… I hate to have those dull mangoes…where are the delicious ones gone?

And the joy of picking a ripe malagova from a tree and tasting it at that moment is a heavenly delight!!

Srik, That NaaNnudi is “Hasidu Halasu, Undu Maavu”, since jackfruit is tough to digest, it is to be eaten before a meal….since mango is a comparatively lighter fruit, it is to be consumed after a meal.

Wow! istondu varieties idya ?
super, mango cut pieces tinnokinta haage tinnodu maja alva ?
baayalli neeruride, mane hatra check maadbeku, olle maavina haNNigaagi 🙂

thanks for the ruchi ruchi post.

Yesterday I have bought the mangoes…! Thanks for inspiring..
Couldn’t eat yesterday, I shall do that today 🙂

It is tempting to read about mangoes. We don’t find the quality ripened mangoes around the place we live, although we get raw mangoes 🙂 Lakshmi prepared maavinakaayi chitranna recently, yum yum.


Dont keep it pending for too long….ond kelsa maadi, when u come to office, carry totapuri pieces and the salt-khara pudi mixture, add to the mango pieces and savor…..ahahaha…swargakke moore geNu.

Ram, good that you got to eat Maavinkayi Chitranna…..


ask our culinary expert Vani madam for varieties….

Vani madam,
nim classes shuru hachkoli.


hmm… thothapuri maavinakaayi + uppu + khaaradha pudi –> apparently i found out that is lakshmi’s favorite too. aadhre illi sigalla. however, innoo illi 5-12 degrees thandi irodhrindha, kelavomme pineApple / khatrikaayi (starfruit)-ge uppu + khaara pudi hachchi thintheevi 🙂
have fun


Neeve nanna prathama shishya na? Banni …oLLe fees kodi, classes shuru madona, adakkenante…………

Nimge OLLe training aagathe….u can sing “Haayaagi KuLithiru Neenu RaaNiya haage, MaharaaNiya haage…….”

ayyo tota puri to office oLLe idea, maneli bythaare ashTe. ivattu sanje maavina haNNu tinnabeku.
Bellur avara Mango lassi bere ide list nalli 🙂

wah!!! bayalli niru barisibitri result ninne manege hoguvaga
baiganpalli mattu badami (one more variety) puchase madi hode
ivattu tinnbeke ripe agrllilla.
super post vani great collection of varieties alphonsoge maharashdalli apus anth kooda heltare a great variety.
munduvarisi nimm anveshangalanna ruchiyada saviyada
postgalannu haki navu odi comment madi aragisikoltivi

Vani avare,

enree CTR and Vidhyarthi Bhavan dose aythu, MTR tiffin aythu, Veena Stores nalli Idli, vade aythu, Kamath nalli upachara aythu, manege ootakke banni antha karisikondaythu, (courtesy Shruthi’s post), bellur avra mangomilkshake aythu, nimma mavinakaayi/hannu varieties aythu, Ram avara maavinakaayi chitranna aythu.

enu nimma ‘Mukta’ balagadavrella ‘Nala’ na vamshadhoura?

naavaeno, no doubt, bakaasurana vamshadhavaru !

heege, neevella office nalli totapuri mavinakayige uppu kaara hachchi tinnovaaga, ayyo paapa, boss enu madthirthaare?

avru ‘paapa pandu’ agbittirthaara?

Nice post. Enjoyed the comments.
have a mango feast.


Isht bega sust maadkondre hege? Innu nann list nalli “Vratha da AdigegaLu” sheerishike baaki ide, Habbada adugegaLu baaki ide….namma gumpinavaranna Veena “Tindi Pothara Gumpu” antha ne kareyodu….

Sumaaru virtual feasts ive…..nanna Saarina ruchi nodidra?

susth illaree !!! eagerly waiting,,, ,anticipation… uuu, expectation…uuu !!!

“nadeeli nimma ‘paakashaale yagna’.
agtheevi naavella adralli magna”

we are ever ready.
aha !!! saarina ruchi neneskondu,neneskondu, bayinda bucket bucketagi neeroortha idhe !!!

Nange full enthu…am inspired to write more becos of such comments…..

TSSM avaranthu full kavi aagbiTTidaare ee naDuve…
neeven eekaDe baralva sir ?

hehe – habbadha aduge, vratha-dha aduge, ithyadhi ithyadhi thindi/ootadha vichaara haeLbittu namma appetite jaasthi aagihogidhe. just ready to eat.
and, I live to eat 🙂
@TSSM: nimma rhyming chennagidhe.

“thindi pothara gumpu” – chennagidhe hesaru. It is good to be part of it. ellaroo aa gumpu sErakke aagalla. 🙂

tungiye ,Pl. post something one on digestives too… 😉

Alfonso/alphonso is a native of Ratnagiri.
Nammoralli mangoes are yet to arrive (my favourite Mankurads).Funny, this time around they seem to be delayed.

Read about Mango Mandi bear byatarayana pura.. anybody visting ?

HogoNwa? I am game…..

mysore road byatarayanapura refer maadthidheera? is mango mandi a popular one there?

All the talk about mangos!! I miss the most is “kadumavu” usually found in malnad forests around Thirthahalli, Sringeri etc. It is small in size, very loose skin, bit sour sometimes but has a unique flavor and taste. Can be used for saru and sasive ( again ,a malnad specialty). Now stuck in Texas, thinking of my childhood, and missing those kadumavu!! Thanks to your blog, suddenly my spirits are up!!

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