Mango Daal / Kairi Daal

Dear Friends,


We are back from India after a whirlwind vacation. We had a great time meeting friends and family after a long time. The weather was good, great food, lots of pampering that we felt that 3 weeks just went away in a snap. We are still getting over the jetlag and trying to get used to the routine here. Our 3 year old is getting affected the most, waking up at some odd hours and wants to go back to India and go to “Ajja’s house (Grandpa’s house). After being surrounded by people 24X7 there, it is hard to ignore the loneliness that first strikes us when we get back here.


Oh well, but that is part of life here. But then no surprises here, I heeded to all your suggestions and did not even touch the laptop to post anything. Not that I am complaining but I must have looked at my blog maybe 2-3 times and there was hardly time for anything. All we did was constant chatting, eating, laughing, travelling; occasional fights etc and 3 weeks were gone even before we realized it. Thankfully our 3 year old also adjusted well and enjoyed every bit of it.


There are so many other thoughts regarding the India trip which I will share in future posts to come. All of them are random and I need to think and stream line them a bit.


Coming back to the recipe, I make this Mango Daal whenever we get fresh Raw mango at our Indian grocery. Raw mango is cooked along with daal, ginger and chillies and which gives it a unique tangy taste. This is an easy recipe and does not require too much time to put together. The daal is tangy and spicy and it can be changed according to one’s taste.




  • 1 cup toor daal
  • 2 cups of raw mango chopped into cubes (along with the skin, change quantity as per taste)
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2-3 slit green chillies
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander for garnishing  


For tempering/tadka  

  • a pinch asafetida
  • Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 red chilli broken into pieces
  • 3 tsp oil  




  • Boil the Toor Daal along with the chopped mango, water, turmeric, little oil and 1 red chilli. Keep aside.
  • Alternatively if you do not like the mango to be mashed, skip the mango for now and boil only the daal.
  • Take a heavy bottom pan, make a tadka of oil then add mustard seeds, asafetida, curry leaves, red chilli. Add the chopped mango if not cooked along with the daal. Mix well. The raw mango cooks very fast.
  • Add little more oil if necessary, salt and mix well. Add the cooked daal, green chillies, ginger and stir well. Check for taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Finally garnish with chopped coriander leaves.  Goes well with rice or with Rotis/chapathis.


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  1. Usha says:

    Welcome back, nice to hear you had a great time in India….Mango dhal looks awesome, I would have never thought to add raw mangoes to dhal…and very convenient as I have some mangoes at hand will give this a try soon!

  2. Siri says:

    Good to have you back RC and glad to know that you had a good time back home. Time always flies when we are there. 🙂 the dal looks so yummy and its almost like a comfort food in our household.


  3. Asha says:

    Aw..!! Poor little guy. It must be hard for him. Hope he will get used to home here quickly. Hugs to him. Glad you had a great time. Came back with Mango dal! Slurp. Enjoy and have a wonderful V day tomorrow! :))

  4. Laavanya says:

    Hey… good to have you back and nice to know you had a great trip home. 3 weeks would’ve gone by in a blink am sure. I always make pachadi when i get raw mango – dhal must be nice and tangy.

  5. Soma says:

    Supriya You are back!! I bet you had a great time. The first few days are always difficult to adjust… poor little one, must be all confused.

    I love mango dal. We used to have it in summer, only difference is we make it with masoor dal. what a pretty yellow.

  6. Ujwal says:

    Good to see you back. I know its hard for kids as they miss the love and company of grandparents. Good to know you had a well deserved break. Happy valentines day dear
    Daal is new to me.. Never tried adding mango to dal. Looks delicious 🙂

  7. Alka says:

    Welcome back??or Good Bye Dear??I mean i am confused how to greet u.Since u r back in blogging world i can say,welcome,but since u left India i need to say Good bye dear,until u visit again…..
    Well either way ,just to tell u ,we are glad tht you enjoyed ur trip,and that we are about to enjoy many many nostalgic posts here after:-)
    Regarding dal,we make Moong dal(yellow)with Ambri(raw mango)and it not only makes dal more tangy but also imparts some distinct flavor.Never tried it with toor dal..but why not??Will surely make this as soon as raw mangoes knocks at Mumbai markets 🙂

  8. Ashwini says:

    Welcome Back..Godd to hear from you. Good to hear you had a great time..Ya, I know the time flies like that when you visist India..
    Mango Dhal looks yumm..Will definitely try this..

  9. Nithya says:

    Hey,welcome back! India trips are always a funfilled one:).I am counting the days for my trip now.Time jes flies….coming to the dal…its yummy.With Mango in it, the dal surely tastes different.Good one!

  10. Sunshinemom says:

    Hiya! Welcome back:) Can imagine how it must be for the first two days before the routine sets in again! Kairichi dal is a Maharashtrian favorite I still haven’t prepared at home – your looks delicious.

  11. Divya says:

    Great to see you back RC and nice to hear that you had a great time.Lovely Dal,have had it at a friends place and fell in love with it..great pics too,shall try this one out soon!!

  12. redchillies says:

    Thank you, thank you all. Thanks for the warm comments and welcome note. We are finally settling in and the little one is also getting back to normal. He went to his school and enjoyed meeting his teachers and friends.

  13. Madhuram says:

    Three weeks surely did fly RC. Tell me about kids longing for grandparents. Last year both my mil and mother had come and my son has already started asking when will Avva come again.

    Mango rice is our all time favorite but have to agree with so many others here that I too have not tried the daal.

  14. varsha says:

    Hi, This is ma first time here..You have a wonderful space..Loved the dishes n yummy pics..:)
    This dish is ma fav..lovely click too..:)..Glad to hear about your vaccation..:)

  15. Sushma says:

    Hey RC,

    Nice to have u bacek and nice to hear that u njoyead ur stay in India.

    Mango dal looks great and very tempting . i bought raw manogoes just yesterday and now i know what to do with it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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