1. Mangoes : 25
2. Red chilly powder : 1 kg
3. Salt : 1 kg
4. Turmeric : 50 gms
5. Mustard powder : 1 1/4 kg
6. Oil : 1 1/2 ltr ( groundnut / sesame )
7. Chenna : 1/2 kg
8. Methi : 100 gms
1. Avakaya - is prepared from Chinna Rasam Mangoes.
3. Normal households use 25-40 mangoes for 1 year Avakaya
4. These mangoes are cut into 1X1 inch pieces and dried for 3-4 hours, so that they will not soften during Avakaya ageing
6. Uppu, Karam, Menthi pindi are mixed in proper proportions
7. Not even a single drop of water should spill into this mix, they should be thoroughly mixed with hand
8. Avva pindi is added to the Uppu-Karam mix
9. Alternatively avva pindi is also mixed into oil for a different flavor of Avakaya
10. Meanwhile, the cut mango pieces are dipped in oil and kept for 1-2 minutes, this oil makes the Uppu-Karam-avva Pindi mix to properly deposit and stick to the mango pieces
11. Now, these oil-dipped mango pieces are added into our previous mixture
12. The mango piece-uppu-karam-menthi pindi mix is stored in buckets, after day 3 this is transferred into Jaadis (huge ceramic vessels)
13. This mixture is re-opened on day 3 for adding some more oil and re-mixing (thiraga kalapatam)
14. Now ageing for Avakaya starts - usually after 5 days from re-mixing our Andhra Avakaya is ready to eat
15. Enjoy this Avakaya with hot rice and ghee.
- Every summer, Avakaya preperation is considered as a huge house hold affair in Telugu families.
- Recipe and proportion of ingredients can make or break an Avakaya.
- After an ill-prepared Avakaya (Avakaya prep failure) some women run into a depression for few days taking the guilt and blame to heart. So, exercise caution.
- A well prepared and stocked Avakaya is judged by the taste that brings all flavours of ingredients.
- Avakaya makers take pride in sourcing raw material from across South India (E.g Bellary Red Mirchi is supposed to be expensive and of high quality for the process)
- As per the above recipe and current inflation rates, each Mango piece could cost around Rs 1.2 to 1.4 (right, little above one rupee). So better not waste.
- Telugu women spend anywhere above Rs 3000 for preparing Avakaya.