It is amazing how certain dishes are prepared and relished all across India with slight variations in the spices. This version of launji is slightly different from the one I make North Indian style. Here is the recipe for Meethi Khathai as called it since childhood.
In this version of kachcha Aamer mishti chutney I have used panch phoron. I keep the mango stones ( guthli) in the dish as I love to suck on the spicy tangy sweet guthli. I also keep a lot of liquid in this. A mandatory side dish in summer when the markets are flooded with raw and ripe mangoes.
You can have a bowlful on its own or pair it with steamed rice, paratha, roti etc. Some people peel the mangoes in this dish but I keep the peel.
One more thing that I do is marinate the raw mango slices with red chili and salt for 10 minutes so that the fruit releases water and softens a little.
It quickens the cooking process too.
Here’s a simple way to make this wonder dish.
Raw mangoes – 1/2 kg (4 medium size)
Organic Jaggery (grated/powder) – 1/2 cup / as desired ( I prefer the chutney a little sour) Fresh grated ginger – 1/2 tbsp
Water -3-4 cups 9 depends on how much liquid you need)
Whole dry red chilies – 2-3
Black mustard seeds – 2-3 tsp
Panch Phoran – 1 tsp (roasted and pounded cumin, fenugreek, mustard, nigella and fennel seeds)
Salt – to taste
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Mustard oil – 2 tbsp
Wash and cut mangoes with skin lengthwise. Keep the stone.
In a wide plate keep the mango slices and stones, sprinkle salt and red chilli powder and rub it in till every piece is coated. Let it rest.
After 10 minutes heat mustard oil in a thick bottom pan.
Add the mustard seeds and dry red chilli as a tempering. Once the seeds crackle, add the marinated mango pieces and the mango stones. Give a good stir.
Saute it for 5-10 minutes n low medium heat and then stir in grated ginger and turmeric.
Add water to your liking, increase heat and bring it to boil. This preparation is a bit thin so I keep one and half cup extra jhol over the amount needed to cover the mango pieces.
Once the liquid starts boiling lower the heat and let the mango cook till soft yet firm. Don’t let it disintegrate.
At this point add the jaggery. You can use Sugar too. Mix well. Test for sweetness, salt and spice threshold. Add if required more. If you add the jaggery/sugar before the mangoes won’t soften so make sure the mango pieces have softened to your satisfaction.
Sprinkle the panch phoran and stir. Turn off the gas and let it cool to room temperature.
Spoon the aam er chutney in a glass bowl or Jar. Always use glass containers for sour dishes.
You can keep this in an airtight container for 5-7 days in the fridge.
Use dry, clean spoons to take out the chutney.
Relish this side dish as a post meal dessert or with steamed rice or luchi.
Note – If you do not have panch phoran you can use bhaja masala or roasted cumin and roasted fennel powder too.