"Uppina kayi mavinakayeeee" shouts the gaadivala on the road, and immediately you will hear 54 - 5 shouts from the nearby house, "mavina kayi irappa". And you will see the ladies converging on the gadivala and start commenting and bargaining for the mavinakayi.. My MIL belives you get very good mangoes for making pickle in Bangalore. So almost every weekend, early morning my FIL and MIL make their weekly trip to market from our house, travelling almost 20 kms in search of those perfect mangoes out of which you will make "the perfect pickle". We brought some raw mangoes from the nearby hopcoms and I told my MIL
Shree: Amma, letz make some menthekayi I have got some mangoes
Mil : hmmmmmm (shaking her head) how can you make menthekayi with these, you need Omlet mavinakayi..
Shree: (Scratching head) Omlet, why and what is omlet?
and I got a crash course on what is omlet mavinakayi. These are big raw mangoes. They are almost the size of your hand and full and round in shape.
So last week they went in search of omlet, my MIL & FIL came back from the market with a big smile on their faces, they got the 2 things that they were searching for "omlet mavinakayi" and "a crawling baby doll" for the apple of our eyes :)
Here is how you make menthekayi:
Omlet mango - 1
red chilli - 1.5 cup
menthe / methi - 1 tsp
Oil - 3 tbsp
Cut the mangoes into 1" pieces
Dry roast the red chilies and methi. Grind to make fine powder.
Heat oil, deep fry the cut mangoes frying 10 pieces at a time.
In a deep bowl spread a layer of salt, on top of it spread a layer of ground powder and then put in the ten pieces of fried mangoes
Repeat the above step till all mangoes get over.
Pour the remaining oil on top.
Allow it to rest for 4 - 5 hours
Mix once and use.
Note: The salt and the powder should be in 1:1 proportion.