Mangakkari

Swimming classes are part of summer vacation activities. I have pushed kiddo into the cool waters of the swimming pool near by. My job is to boost his morale and do a bit of dry coaching from the sides.

Mittu joined the summer swimming course and my son liked by the idea. But the next day, when we went to the place of action, the excitement turned into absolute  fear. Clinging onto me, he refused to change his dress and started howling. It took 10 minutes of patient persuasion for his swimming master to peel him away from me and get him into the water.

His list of complaints include that the water is very cold (it isn’t!). ‘Everyone is splashing at me’ and ‘I don’t want to learn swimming’. His instructor told him to splash them back. That thought was consoling for him, but he still complaints that he cannot splash people who are under the water. He seems to fume at the unfairness of it.

The only time he smiled with abandon was when Mittu started screaming and crying saying she wants to go home. There was a look of satisfaction in his face then.

Ah..well, we have ten more  classes left. I don’t know whether kiddo will start swimming or not, but I will start getting grey hairs.

My way of cooling down the body is not swimming, but to have curd rice. They go perfectly with this easy ready to eat mango pickle.

Ingredients:

  • Raw mango        :      1 medium
  • Chili powder     :       1 -2 tsp (or per taste)
  • Salt
  • Oil                         :       1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds :       1 tsp
  • Curry leaves     :       1 sprig

Method:

  1. Peel and chop the mango into small pieces as in the picture. I had a little above 1 cup chopped pieces.
  2. In a big bowl, add the mango pieces, required amount of salt and the chilli powder. Let it sit for 30 minutes or more.
  3. In a kadai, heat oil and add the curry leaves and mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add it to the marinated mango. Store in a glass or china bottle (bharani) in the fridge.
  4. You can serve it right away, but they taste better the next day. Serve with curd rice.

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