Nupur’s A-Z of Indian Vegetables ~ G is for Green Mango

G is for Great Guesses! Greens, gourds, smashed gobi!! Thanks everyone, for playing… I still love a good guessing game 🙂

upo mango
upo mango ~ green mango in brine ~ straight from India via Indus Valley

I had several thoughts in mind for “G” week, the next installment in
lovely Nupur’s “A to Z of Indian Vegetables”. Ginger, garlic, greens?

Arjuna made a beautiful rice dish
I could experiment with gooseberries…

Gobi, green moong? Or…

I recently discovered a small enclave of Indian stores about a half hour’s drive from me. They had a huge selection of fresh produce the one time I passed by — perhaps there, I might finally find gongura. Yes, lots of choices for “G”.

Then I remembered the upo mango — green mango in brine that I happened upon at Indus Valley west of Boston. It was carefully stashed away in the fridge. I have seen many recipes for green mango dal, but I don’t have much chance of finding a real green mango here. Nevermind…green mango in brine would do.

For this dish, I mostly followed Indira’s recipe — reducing the amount of chili powder, as the mangoes are packed with loads of tiny hot chiles.
I did not use a pressure cooker, so I had to watch the pot carefully, but the dal came out perfect — a little dry which was my intent — thick and delicious; spicy and extra-tangy from the brine with chili peppers.

My quest for a real green mango continues this spring.

ingredients for a memorable dal!
washed toor dal, chopped upo mango (green mango in brine) and red onion

Green Mango (in brine) Dal
heavily based on Indira’s Maamidikaya Pappu (green mango dal)

for the dal:

3/4 c toor dal
1/4 -1/3 c green mango in brine (upo mango), chopped fine
1/2 cup red onions, chopped fine
1/2 tsp kashmiri chili powder
2 c water plus additional as necessary
salt to taste

for the tempering/tadka:

1 TB ghee
1 TB fresh garlic, minced
1 dried red chili, keep or discard seeds as preferred
few curry leaves
1 tsp urad dal
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds


If pressure cooking, cook the dal with mango and onions, chili powder, and a little salt in 1 1/2c water, following Indira’s recipe.

If using a pot on the stove, take all the dal ingredients and 2c water to begin. Invert a lid over the pot and weight it with a can of soup or beans — this creates a pressure-cooker simulator. Be sure to use a potholder and long-handled spoon when moving the inverted lid. You will need to add more water, up to 2 additional cups, to get a good thick consistency without burning.

When the dal is nearly done, heat the ghee in a small pan. Add the garlic, dried chilis, and curry leaves. Saute a few minutes, then add the urad dal, cumin, and mustard. When the cumin sizzles and the mustard pops, add this tempering to the dal and mix well.

Serve hot with a dollop of softened ghee and enjoy all alone, or with rice on the side.

Click here for another special way to serve this dal 🙂

green mango (in brine) dal
rich and hearty ~ green mango (in brine) dal

Thank you again, Nupur, for inviting us along on your “A-Z” journey! I can’t wait to see what everyone else has cooked up for “G”!



  1. asha said

    Mango in brine, eh?! I should move to Michigan.Dang it,I don’t get anyone of those!! G was easy Linda. Have you thought of X??!!! ;D

    Dal looks great,enjoy.

    Hi Asha, I know it seems like I live in Michigan (and oh, how I want to!) but I’m really right here on the east coast with you — just a little further north. If you want upo mango care package, let me know! 🙂
    X is for… ??!!

  2. Nupur said

    I’m seriously salivating at the sight of that mango 🙂 The dal looks so good, I can just taste the creamy toor and tangy mango dancing a tango 🙂 Ok, I’ll stop now!

    Nice one — toor and mango dancing a tango! Wish I had thought of that!! The “G” collection is gorgeous, Nupur, thanks so much! 🙂

  3. bee said

    that’s a beautiful dish. and very tasty, i’m sure.

    Thank you, Bee 🙂

  4. Sig said

    Wow, never heard of Mango in Daal, it has to be good though…
    I love Green Mango, and you can actually buy it in brine there? I’m so jealous, let me check with our local Indian grocery store if they can find some.
    I checked that Indus Valley store’s web site, and they carry all kinds of Kerala Fish? Now I have to go to Boston for some shopping :).

    Hi Sig, the Indu’s Valley store is the only place I’ve seen this, and I have done extensive shopping in and around the Boston area. Happily there are lots of stores! I didn’t have time to see the fish but the shop was lovely and so was the shopkeeper, very friendly and helpful. Might be worth the trip! 🙂

  5. sia said

    i made 2 dishes using mango in brine today;) will be posting the recipes soon.
    pappu looks delicious. and now waiting for “another special way to serve this dal” 🙂

    Thank you Supriya — the “special way” is now up in the latest post 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you made with your green mango — I am sure I’ll try as soon as you post 🙂

  6. Manjula said

    Raw Green Mango In brine??..slurrrrrrrrrrrp.
    Never came across any recipe like this. Nice

    Hi Manjula — it’s really just Indira’s green mango dal with the brined mango in place of fresh — do try with either one — it’s very yummy. Slurrrrp 🙂

  7. indosungod said

    Raw Mango and dal, that is a good combo and bet it tasted great too, I make green mango sambhar. I have never seen green mango in brine here, will keep looking, we used to snack on it.

    Oh, ISG… waiting for that mango sambhar recipe with wooden spoon in hand! I loved your dal sambhar — have made that twice already 🙂

  8. swapna said

    hi linda
    u are making me hungry dear !!!this is a delicious dish.i know!!

    Thank you, Swapna– saving a plate especially for you! 🙂

  9. Sharmi said

    Nice Mouthwatering recipe. New one to try out.

    Hi Sharmi, thanks for stopping by — I’ll have to check out your blog too 🙂

  10. MAHEK said

    thanks for this wonderful recipe and thanks to indira of MAHANANDI too
    i am always on a lookout for dals as this is one think that has to be done atleast 4 times a week the rest of the days i have fish curry or tomato saar.
    i will give this recipe a try and let you know
    thanks again.


    Hi Mahek, if you try I hope you enjoy! Tomato saar sounds good 🙂

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