You know from previous posts that I’ve been haning out in the kitchen with my friend from India, Prethi. I have not only enjoyed learning about Indian foods, but also Indian traditions. One of the things Prethi has told me about is the food at Indian weddings.
- The fact that you need at least 11 curries. The more the better, but it must always be an odd number.
- The meal is served on a banana leaf.
- There is prescribed place on the leaf for everything – a place for the salt, a place for the sweets, a place for the pickle.
As Prethi was showing me photos of wedding meals on her iPad, the pickle is what caught my attention because it was a little dab of something red. What are they pickling that’s red? It was pickled mango, made with a lot of spices. When she learned that I’d never had mango pickle, she ran to the pantry and opened a jar for me to sample.
If you like a salty and spicy heat, you might want to try mango pickle. I found a jar in AZ. I was either at Whole Foods or Sprouts on a aisle with international foods. I’ve enjoyed stirring it into rice or quinoa. That’s what I’ll be doing for breakfast – quinoa with diced avocado, a little oil and vinegar, and a dab of mango pickle.