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Maamidikaya pulihora (Mango Rice)

Rice mixed with grated unripe mango is a festival rice that is specifically prepared on “Ugadi” - The Telugu New Year celebration, in our homes.

Here is the simple, 4-step preparation process of festival rice - in images:

Grating the unripe mango

Step 1:
Peel the skin and grate the unripe mango. Measurement is: for 1 cup raw rice - 1½ cups grated mango to 2 cups. (Adjust the quantity to suit your tart/tangy preference.)

Cook the rice (preferably ‘Sona Masuri’). Maintain the grain integrity, don’t cook to mush.

Step 2:
In a skillet, heat peanut oil or ghee. Add and toast the listed ingredients below. One by one, until pale gold, in this order:

Chana dal (presoaked in water for about 30 minutes beforehand)
Slit green chillies -brown them for better taste
Curry leaves and few pieces of dried red chillies
Mustard seeds and cumin

At the end, bring all these toasted ingredients, sprinkle turmeric and asafetida. Stir to mix and saute for another two minutes. (See the photo above)

Step 3:
Add the grated mango to the pan. Stir to mix with other toasted contents in the pan. Cook it on medium-high just for two minutes and switch off the heat. (This is done to remove the raw smell of grated mango. Do not cook the mango gratings more than two minutes, that would kill the precious mango flavor.)

Step 4:
Add salt and mix this toasted mango-peanut mixture with cooked rice thoroughly with a big spoon or with your right hand. Serve hot.

Celebrating Ugadi Festival with Maamidikaya Pulihora

(For two)
1 cup rice (uncooked, raw)
1 to 2 cups grated green mango (quantity needed depends on how sour the green mango is)
6 to 8 Indian or Thai variety small-sized green chillies - Cut into 2or4 pieces lengthwise
¼ cup of cashews and peanuts combined
1 tablespoon of chana dal (soaked in water for ½ hour)
1 teaspoon each - cumin and mustard seeds
10 curry leaves, and 4-6 small pieces of dried red chilli
½ teaspoon of turmeric
Pinch of asafetida
Salt to taste or ½ teaspoon

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Amma & Authentic Andhra, Sona Masuri Rice, Mamidikaya (Green Mango) (Tuesday March 28, 2006 at 10:07 am- permalink)

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50 comments for Maamidikaya pulihora (Mango Rice) »

  1. Indira: This is indeed so simple and it looks so delicious. Again i have very fortunate in tasting this recipe from my friend’s place :) , though the color looked different. I loved it :)
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Hope to see you come up with more mangoes :) We love mangoes anyways ;)

    Comment by Karthi Kannan — March 28, 2006 @ 10:24 am

  2. Me too, I love anything with mangoes, my favortie fruit.:)
    Thanks, KK.
    The photo came out somewhat weird, the colors didn’t comeout right. It’s very cloudy here for the past few days, no Sunlight at all.

    Comment by Indira — March 28, 2006 @ 10:29 am

  3. WOW…looks like you are getting ready for Ugadi early..the mamidikaya pulihora and mamidikaya pappu was always there on Ugadi day…

    Indira replies:
    we bought quite a few and I’m making everyday something with mangoes, for the past few days.:)

    Comment by Luv2cook — March 28, 2006 @ 10:40 am

  4. make that “were” always there :)

    Comment by Luv2cook — March 28, 2006 @ 10:41 am

  5. Oooh–that is very tasty looking.

    Yeah–no sun here, either. It is typical late winter/early spring weather in Ohio. It will pass, and the sun will come out eventually.

    Indira replies:
    Thanks, Barbara.
    Few more weeks… for spring with radiant sunshine. I can’t wait.:)

    Comment by Barbara — March 28, 2006 @ 11:08 am

  6. WOW, These pictures are beautiful. I recently discovered your blog and since then visited it aleast once a day. My mom makes mango pappu the same way and mango pulihora almost same but also adds some grated coconut into it. Also must for ugadi were Bhakshalu(bobbatlu)….slurp;
    Inko vishesham emiti ante, maa amma peru kuda Indira, inka thana chelli(my pinni) peru sunita :)
    Keep up the great work.

    Indira replies:
    Thanks Nivedita.
    Mee amma gari peru kuda Indirana? Chaala santhoshamu, manchi peru ayite.:)
    Maa chellali peru ‘Sunita’.

    Comment by Nive — March 28, 2006 @ 11:22 am

  7. I usually do it differently, grinding mango with coconut and green chilies. I am bored with that kind. I will have to try your version without coconut and your mango dal also.

    How come you are posting your Ugadi recipes earlier?-:)

    Indira replies:
    For this pulihora, we usually don’t add coconut, Mika.
    I bought quite a few green mangoes from my last weekend trip. Couldn’t resist preparing them earlier. :)

    Comment by mika — March 28, 2006 @ 11:58 am

  8. I was introduced to this by a telugu friend and fell in love with it!! Your version looks fabulous. and Oh!! that picture!!! I can almost taste the sour and tangy rice.

    Indira replies:
    Thanks SF.

    Comment by Saffron Hut — March 28, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

  9. Hi Indira,

    I’ve been reading your posts for while now and I must say that you have a very impressive website here. Beautiful pictures, and I really love how this looks and sounds. Keep up the good work!

    Indira replies:
    Thanks Ram.

    Comment by Ram — March 28, 2006 @ 1:12 pm

  10. Hi Indira,
    Nenu kooda meelage chestanu by grating mango so that it will mix with rice and gives nice taste.
    Photos r very good .I always love ur demonstration.

    Indira replies:
    Grating the mango and running it in mixer - the texture, the taste changes with each method. I prefer to grate the mango, following the tradition, I see you are also like me.:)
    Thanks Vineela.

    Comment by vineelakrishna — March 28, 2006 @ 1:15 pm

  11. Hey Indira!

    Ive been visiting ur website for a while now and i think its awesome..ive tried ur pasta,raw banana curry and bottle gourd curry and i think ur recipies turn out great!im a huge rachel ray fan and totally enjoyed ur imitation of her in ur recent post.keep up the great job with both ur recipes and ur presentation!Btw im from Ohio too.

    Indira replies:
    Hi Anjali, I’m glad you had success with my recipes. Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it.
    Where in Ohio?:)

    Comment by anjali — March 28, 2006 @ 2:01 pm

  12. Wow, this looks so good, I’ll have to try it soon.

    I am a chef from San Francisco and I love your blog.

    Check out this post on my blog.

    Thanks for all the great stories and recipes.

    Indira replies:
    Hey, why anonymous posting?
    I did check your blog, few days ago. ‘Rani Raja’…very cute name.
    I browsed through your “amul” picture collection, very much enjoyed seeing all the images from India and Kerala. Good work, Keep it up.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 28, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

  13. This one looks really ‘delish’! Since I’ve never had this dish before, I can only try to imagine the taste… something like Lemon rice, except with the characteristic yummy tang of raw mangoes. I’ve got to try this now!

    Indira replies:
    that’s exactly right, GM. Just tiny bit mango sweet. This rice is much more flavorful when you savor the rice, each bite slowly, instead of gobbling it. That kind.:)
    Give it a try, I’m sure you’re going to like it.

    Comment by garammasala — March 28, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

  14. you seem to have completed one year of blogging, congrats :)

    Indira replies:
    Thanks Veda.

    Comment by veda — March 28, 2006 @ 3:14 pm

  15. Yummy…..but i cannot prepare..came recently to to US

    Comment by Anonymous — March 28, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

  16. Hi Indira,
    You are really charged with New Year, aren’t you? I appreciate how you are continueing traditions so far away from home.
    I have never eaten a rice and mango preparation. I must try it out.
    Btw, I’ve started my own blog now. Please check it out when you have the time.

    Indira replies:
    Hi Vaishali, you are not anyway related to the famous website owners “Kaamath”, are you?
    Yep, I do celebrate the festivals quite religiously.
    Best wishes on your blog. Happy Burp ….:) like the name and thanks for the invitation.

    Comment by Vaishali — March 29, 2006 @ 5:42 am

  17. Cant wait to get some unripe mangoes now, Indira :) I’d love to make this for my friend who’s coming over for dinner tomorrow! Will let you know how it goes…

    Indira replies:
    fingers crossed. :)
    I’m sure you are going to like it, Shammi. Try and let me know.
    Is this going to be 107th post? :)
    Congrats on completing the major blogging milemark, my dear bloggy friend.:)

    Comment by Shammi — March 29, 2006 @ 6:22 am

  18. Hello Indira, I like mangoes. Didn’t know we could make such great looking festive dishes out of raw mangoes. Will surely try out when I get good raw mangoes. Its really hard to find them here though. The ones I get here are not that tart like the ones we get in India. The ripe ones not sweet enough as well. :(

    Indira replies:
    That’s so true.:) Inferior quality but we have no choice, do we?:)
    Do let me know if you try, RP.

    Comment by RP — March 29, 2006 @ 11:40 am

  19. Hi Indira,
    That was a very nice, quick to make recipe..:)
    Just wanted to know what goes well with this pulihora as a side dish.I mean any particular pachadi or chutney?

    Indira replies:
    Hi Jalena, sorry for the late reply.
    This rice dish is usually prepared as part of festival meal.
    But plain yogurt or dry curries like potato curry and papads goes well with this mango pulihora.

    Comment by Jalena — March 29, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

  20. Happy Ugadi to you and your family Indira :)
    May it be another year of delicious and healthy eating, and sharing via blog.
    Its been a while since I said anything here..thank you for reminding me of the onion trick with respect to dosa making. As a result I managed a nice crust on the dosas I made over the weekend.
    Any ideas about what I could make with fermented groud urad dal? (Besides adding more rice rava and making idli)

    Comment by aspiring annapoorna — March 29, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

  21. Hi Indira,
    Ugadi Subaakanshalu to you and your family. May you have a wonderful year ahead and may we all have more recipes from you :)


    Indira replies:
    Hi Faffer,
    Thank you for the wishes and happy Ugadi!

    Comment by Faffer — March 29, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

  22. Couldnt make this tonight :( Didnt get raw mangoes :( :( Will definitely make it the moment I get my hands on a raw mango! Darn it, Indira, you make me want things I cant easily get or make!! :)

    Indira replies:
    Aah… Shammi, that’s a bummer and I know the feeling.
    The whole spring and summer is ahead, plenty of time to enjoy mangoes. :)

    Comment by shammi — March 29, 2006 @ 4:58 pm

  23. Happy Ugadi Indira :)

    Indira replies:
    Thanks KK and happy Ugadi.:)

    Comment by Karthi Kannan — March 29, 2006 @ 5:50 pm

  24. Indira, A recent visitor to your blog, I truly love the way you walk one thru the cooking process.

    Wishing you and all your friends in the blog world a Wonderful Ugadi.

    Comment by Abha — March 30, 2006 @ 11:10 am

  25. I usually make salads with green mango. Thank you for this other idea.

    Comment by Virginie — April 2, 2006 @ 5:57 pm

  26. Thank you so much for sharing your south indian recipes with us. I made mango dal, mango rice and banana peppers saute curry for company tonight(I know its a weird combination…but well, let’s see!!). I’m sure my guests will love your dishes. Thank you once again.

    Comment by Nabeela — April 2, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

  27. Hi Indira,

    I love this recipe.I am definetly going prepare this next week.Thanks for the recipe.

    Comment by srilaxmi — April 2, 2006 @ 8:43 pm

  28. Indira,

    Belated Ugadi Wishes. I tried the mango rice according to your recipe. It turned out great. Also my mother suggested that you can add some dry coconut (endu kobbari) at the end which adds a lot of taste to the pulihora.

    Comment by Nav — April 3, 2006 @ 6:34 am

  29. Hi Indira, I tried out this recipe today. It came out delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

    Indira replies:
    I am glad you liked it and thanks for letting me know Liz.

    Comment by Liz — April 24, 2006 @ 1:37 pm

  30. Tried it today and was fantastic! I ran out of peanuts(I hate when that happens!) so added edamame instead along with everything else you’d listed. Thanks for another winner Indira

    Comment by Janani — May 9, 2006 @ 11:37 am

  31. It came out really yummy.I could have added more grated mango for a better tang though.

    Comment by sweta — July 10, 2006 @ 1:04 am

  32. Hi there

    This is a brilliant recipe ! Love it. So simple and good. Thanks so much for sharing it everybody. Very good

    Comment by VK — August 14, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

  33. I am from a village near Tirupati. I thought about starting a web page about my village several times, but never materialized. The web page that you have created about Nandyala is amazing. I was showing my wife your web site and her comment was “when do they get time to develop such a great web site in this busy country”? Are you a web site designer/developer by profession? Your web site is no way inferior to a commercial web site. Your telugu recipes such as “chenigginjala charu”, “Ragi sankati” water my mouth every time I see those pictures. I am going to try “maamidikaya-Pulihora” with my 8 years old son, he had agreed to cook with me. I am sure, I would have visited with my family to your home without inviting if you were in D.C. Metro.


    Comment by Krishna Mohan Reddy — October 18, 2006 @ 6:39 pm

  34. I made the mango rice because I am a big lemon rice fan and I didn’t have lemon that day. I chanced upon this recipe when I was looking for something to do with raw mango. I couldn’t believe my luck. Needless to say my husband was all praise and I gave all credit to you. Thanks Indira…from the bottom of my heart (full stomach).

    Comment by ramya — April 8, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

  35. I have seen many web sites but when it comes it has 110% like what my mom makes and exactly all are my tastes. My salutes to those who built this site. When I can take some time I would like to name some vegetarian dishes. I know you will present them very well.

    Comment by Murthy — June 20, 2007 @ 4:53 pm

  36. I made this for lunch and it was delicious. I had it with some pickle. Thanks for the recipe.

    Comment by Gini — June 22, 2007 @ 10:42 am

  37. Amazing dish that was Indra. Great explanation. Thanks for that. Am an IT guy who is now in the US for the past 2-3 months. So new to cooking… was googling for this recipe and found your method and illustrative pictures attractive.. It came out really well and my friends devoured on it. Thanks again!

    Comment by Venky — July 24, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

  38. Hi indira,
    thanks 4r ur recipe. I like ur recipes so much.

    Comment by yamini — July 25, 2007 @ 8:48 am

  39. thank you very much for the systamatic presentation of south indian and specifically andhra dishes which is not known youngster hitech genaration.god bless you and ur family memebers.


    b v narasimha rao

    Comment by B V NARASIMHA RAO — September 5, 2007 @ 2:11 am

  40. hi indira,
    i like this recipe verymuch.thank u indira.
    ok bye.

    Comment by ramya — December 21, 2007 @ 7:59 am

  41. Hey Indira, I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! I used leftover rice and this is going to be a great alternative to the regular phodnicha bhath that I make. Of course, I will need an unripe mango…Thanks a lot for this lovely recipe!

    Comment by Manisha — January 15, 2008 @ 1:30 am

  42. Madam, really liked your recipe very much. I like Mangoes very much. The pulihorai, seeing from the image, seems to be looking very tasty. The best part is that the image of ‘Rangoli’ looks very cute. Keep it up.

    Comment by Venkatesh iyer — March 28, 2008 @ 12:48 am

  43. hi indira,
    That is a nice dish u made there. i am a big fan of ur dishes.
    Can you u tell me where i can find raw mangoes in usa?


    Comment by ramya — April 14, 2008 @ 6:25 am

  44. Hi Indira,
    I have first visited your recipes, it’s so nice to see our Andhra specials. I used to make Tamarind and Lemon rice usually. But after reading your mango recipe, it’s really yummy. now I will start with this.
    thank you.

    Comment by Durga Karra — May 28, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

  45. Hi,

    I like your receipe and tried it. I am single and try out many of mother’s fav dishes. The dish has out exactly to your style. Love it.

    I have a blog. pls visit it.


    Comment by madhav — March 25, 2010 @ 3:41 am

  46. Hi indira,

    Thats a nice recipe of yours…i liked it…. im new to blogging..and i liked your recipe…i too do the same but i wont let the mango cook…i wil add it raw. I have a blog so you visit it and let me know how it is.. its been only one month yet. :)

    Comment by gayathri — April 9, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

  47. Hi Indira,

    Tried the recipe with whatever I had in hand. Only things missing were peanuts & cashews.. But the rice turned out very yummy.. Thanks for posting.

    Comment by Ravitha — May 4, 2010 @ 2:29 am

  48. Hello!

    Comment by sildenafil — September 1, 2016 @ 8:21 am

  49. Hello!

    Comment by for — October 4, 2016 @ 9:03 am

  50. Hi Indira,

    I’ve been following your mango rice recipe for the last 14 years. And I come here everytime I’ve to make it just to be sure. Thank you so so much. You are awesome :)

    Comment by Venky — February 6, 2021 @ 1:05 am

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