Maavattal kozhambu- sun dried mango curry

sun dried mango vattal kozhambu
Every year with the mango tree  in my parents house being very kind to us we do get a good crop of mangoes. This means that, these mangoes would have transformed as  curry,  gifts, pickle, jam or sun-dried. Nevertheless, I always ask my mom to keep a handful of the sun-dried mangoes for me.

Transformation to sun dried form

The mangoes from my house are really sour. So, even if a few pieces are strong to make a tangy effect on the curry. this is the flavor factor for this Indian curry
The mangoes are first sliced and marinated in salt and a bit of chili  powder  and then sun-dried til it looks black and stiff. This painstaking task for about 15 days.. My mother does meticulously.  Once dry she stores the sun dried mango for the rainy months. When, the tomato prices hit a peak… She unleashes her magical mango weapon. Out of all her preparations I really love “Palaghat style maavattal kozhambu”  with these sun dried pieces. she on the other hand loves the way I make rasam with the maa vattal.
I will leave the maa vattal rasam for another day.  Today I really was missing her so made the vattal kozhambu. Since my dad doesn’t really like it she hardly gets an opportunity  to make it nowadays.  We used to share this liking especially  when he is travelling.  Going back and forth it’s a big bowl of maavattal kozhambu, squabbling over the softened mango pieces and finally the motherly warmth letting go of the last piece so that the daughter can beam a giant grin…. ahhh motherhood!!!
My kids don’t seem to have formed an opinion about this so far…so my wait is on.
I honestly don’t know whether to call it vattakozhambu or sambhar..(of the addition of the cooked tuvaram parippu)… Well,I just decided  not to change the name because that’s how she called it.  The only difference  is that she makes it really  spicy and a little more thinner than the current one.  I have just used my regular homemade sambhar powder to  form the masala part.
Try it out and let me know your feel.
Here is another classic from palaghat cuisine
and if you really love to do some sun dried ones this summer.. try this

sun dried mango vattal kozhambu

Maavattal kozhambu

Sun dried mango curry
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Dish, Traditional
Cuisine diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Pressure cooker, South indian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people


  • 1/2 cup maa vattal sun dried spiced mango
  • 1/2 cup split pigeon pea cooked, arhar dal, tur dal
  • 2 cups drinking water
  • 2 tbsp sambhar powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder


  • 2 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch Asafoetida
  • 1 sprig curry leaves


  • In a heavy-bottomed wok add sesame oil and add the mustard seeds.
  • In the same pan, heat the remaining oil, add mustard seeds.    
  • As they splutter, add curry leaves, asafoetida , saute till the curry leaves turn crispy.
  • Add the mango pieces and water and bring to a boil.
  • Run the cooked dal and sambhar powder in the processor to get an smooth consistency. Now add this to the boiling mango pieces.
  • Add the turmeric powder, salt. Caution with the salt as the mango pieces will already have salt in them.
  • Simmer for 10-12minutes, stirring often.
  • Enjoy hot with steamed rice
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Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
4 years ago

Beautiful dish… It is interesting how our older generations preserved and made food… the kuzhambu looks very comforting!

Vidya Narayan
4 years ago

Can anything go wrong with a dish made with Raw Mangoes.. I am sure NOT!! Lipsmacking stuff with that pic of the raw mango tree, couldnt get better than that!

4 years ago

This looks delicious.. perfect combo with some hot rice

4 years ago

very simple but I am sure the most tastiest sambhar. How I wish I could get these sun dried mangoes at home. kozhambu looks tempting,

4 years ago

Should try the sun dried version of mango sometime. This kozhambu looks delicious Seema, soul food.

4 years ago

Wow..this curry is awesome and tempting. In India, I’ve seen my mum using dried mango in making daal.

4 years ago

What a lipsmacking dish …. Delicious

Poonam Bachhav
4 years ago

The curry looks so flavorful !

Sapana Behl
Sapana Behl
4 years ago

I use dried mango to make mango powder but never made curry out of it. Looks so delicious.

4 years ago

Wow!! Never heard about this dish. I am sure it must be cery tasty. I am big fan of mangoes ????

4 days ago

Loved the addition of parippu to the otherwise spicy kozhambu. We used pavakkai vattal, as we don’t have mangoes. Will you be able to post the recipe for making the mango vattal , I have mangoes.

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