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by Jeyashri suresh
Vadu mangai or maavadu , generally we get in summer season and i remember accompanying my mom to the central market in my town, to buy the tender mangoes . We make pickle out this vadu mangai . My mom always buy this vadu manga in bulk (10 padi) and she makes pickle in big jars and share with my athais who are all big fan of vadu manga pickle. Though i am not a big fan of maavadu i enjoy seeing this procedure of making maavadu. I love the maavadu water very much, a perfect combo for Curd rice. Make this easy maavadu pickle this summer and enjoy them with curd rice.



  Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : Nil |   Yields : 2 cups

     Raw tender mango | Maavadu  1 Cup
     Castor oil      1/2 tsp
     Rock Salt  3/4 tsp
     Mustard seeds  1/4 tsp
     Red Chilli  10
     Asafoetida  1/4 tsp
     Red chilli powder  1/4 tsp



  • Select small tender mangoes from the market and wash them in water nicely. Wash it few times to get rid of the dirt in the mangoes and pat dry them well.
  • Ensure that no water is there, else fungus will form after the pickle is made. My mom puts the wiped mangoes under the sunlight for half an hour.inside the home near the window. I also did the same.


  • Take the mangoes and put them in a clean dry bowl and add castor oil to this and rub the mangoes with oil , and ensure all the mangoes are coated well with oil.
  • The addition of castor oil is to reduce the heat caused by mangoes.


  • Grind the red chilli, mustard, rock salt, red chilli powder and asafoetida into a fine paste. You can add little water while grinding.


  • Add this to the mangoes and mix well with a clean dry spoon.


  • Keep this covered and put in a dry place for a week.
  • Everyday morning mix the mangoes well . Do not worry if the water is less. It will ooze out water in a week’s time.
  • And the mangoes will start shrinking too.


  • After 10 days transfer it to a clean dry bottle and put it in the refrigerator.
  • If handled well, maavadu will stay good even for a year.
  • Generally , we don’t store this in the refrigerator. Even outside in a porcelain jar this will stay good.


  • Always add clean water for grinding the ingredients. Do not use normal tap water. Use drinking water.
  • Keep the pickle in a clean dry container. even if little water is there , the pickle will be spoiled.
  • Use dry spoon to take out the maavadu, everytime.

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AparnaRajeshkumar April 28, 2014 - 7:47 am

even i like the water much than mango 😀 loved it

Nivedhanams Sowmya April 28, 2014 - 7:53 am

I also love the water more than the mango, so perfect with curd rice!!!

Durga Karthik. April 28, 2014 - 8:16 am

Can i know where we can get these small mangoes in Singapore?

jeyashri suresh May 2, 2014 - 2:20 pm

We get in little india and shop opposite to mustafa

Veena Theagarajan April 28, 2014 - 8:38 am

so tasty pickle..

Sona S April 28, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Even i prefer the water than the mango, perfect with some curd rice..

Raks anand April 28, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Looks very very tempting 🙂

A.R. Srinivasan Iyer June 14, 2014 - 5:47 am

I do not get it in Delhi. Reminds my mother for this vadu mangai

g3 March 17, 2015 - 7:11 am

Wow..I had referred so many sites..but yours is just perfect for small quantities…great job…

Kameswaran V March 30, 2015 - 3:19 pm

Mavadu juice is a perfect sidish for simple plain rice mixed with sesame oil

Lakshimi N April 5, 2015 - 6:35 pm

Ur recipe very simple and easy yo follow and the pics. R also great. Vil try and let u know the result

uvi March 8, 2016 - 9:42 am

Can we use sesame oil instead

jeyashri suresh March 10, 2016 - 1:51 am

Castore oil only takes out the bitterness of the tender mango, you can try with sesame oil. Not sure about the output

parvathi ganesan March 12, 2016 - 11:26 am

Which shop is tat available

jeyashri suresh March 13, 2016 - 12:18 pm

From buffalo road if you come (mrt side) the second and third shop has maavadu

sudha prakash March 28, 2016 - 5:07 pm

Hi jeyashree,came through your blog, recipes are quite easy and appealing.all the best.for this pickle will the mentioned salt content be enough. Also what is the cup measurement u have mentioned.

jeyashri suresh March 30, 2016 - 5:46 am

Thanks for your words Sudha. Regarding your doubt,my 1 cup holds a liquid measure of 200 ml.So i used only little maavadu. So the salt proportion was enough.

Meena N April 1, 2016 - 5:55 pm

Jey, whatif we found a fungus in maavadu, do we hv to discard d whole?

jeyashri suresh April 4, 2016 - 11:44 am

Hi, if you found fungus, scoop it out with spoon and keep the rest of the maavadu in the same jar(no need to keep it open) and keep it under the sunlight for 3-4 hours. Also mix it nicely daily(kulikividardu) with a dry spoon daily. USe a wooden spoon always. Also ensure the spoon should be dry.

CosmicCommunist May 5, 2016 - 11:25 pm

We have a young mango tree in our backyard. I may have been born and raised in America, but I'm still Indian when it comes to my food preferences. Vadu mango has been a part of my childhood for a long time, but we've always store-bought the pickle. Now with summer approaching, there are many fallen small mangoes from the tree, and I'm hoping we can turn them into a pickle.

Raja Pandian March 20, 2018 - 7:12 am

Shall we cut the tips of the vadu? Is all the water found in the last photo oozed out from vadu mangoes?

Jeyashris Kitchen March 24, 2018 - 10:14 am

No need to cut the tips. Yes the water found is oozed out from the vadu mangoes, the salt in the mango will ooze out water.

Hema Mohan April 24, 2019 - 3:28 pm

Very nice to your Maavadu preparation.!.mouth watering.! Usually around Madurai or southern part of Tamilnadu, people used to buy Azhagarkoil tender mangoes for maavadus because that maavadus will be tasty and crunchy..! We even used to steal it and chew it on the way to school!!..!your writeup brought back my childhood memories..!!Tks

admin May 3, 2019 - 7:44 am

Haha i could completely relate to the azhagar kovil vadu. Thanks for sharing your memories.


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