There is a mango tree right outside my window and looking at those mangoes reminds me of the lovely “Manga chammandi” (Mango Chutney) my aunt used to make.
I had to just pluck a mango and give it to her and she would make it in a jiffy, grinding all the ingredients together manually on a grinding stone.
With a vague memory of how she made it, I tried to do the same. Plucked a mango, added a few leaves of Kadipatta (curry leaves) and just three of these chillies from the garden.
Got a medium sized coconut from the store, and grated half of it.
Adding a pinch of salt for taste, ground the whole thing in a mixer. (would have loved to do it manually on a grinding stone, but unfortunately we don’t have one now)
The end result was not bad, but I am sure that my aunt’s chammandi was better.
Plucking the mango was a bit tricky. It was a case of “so near and yet so far”
Was thinking of designing a fruit plucker, when I came across a small video which showed “many uses of plastic bottles” and I used one of the ideas mentioned there. Simple but very effective.
All in all, it was a very fruitful experience. (reminded me of how we used to steal mangoes as a kid)