Green(Raw) Mangoes are a delight! As kids I remember me and my sisters begging my mom to save us a few pieces while she was slicing the green mangoes to use in fish/shrimp curry or to make a green mango chutney. We would relish the tart mango slices dusted with salt on top!. Thinking about it makes my mouth water! 🙂 The seasonal nature of this ‘treat’ is what would make it even more irresistible since the green mangoes would be available only in the spring months before they started getting fully ripe in the summer.
In Kerala, green mangoes are used in many dishes – both seafood and vegetable, and one of my absolute favorites is shrimp(called as chemmeen in malayalam) curry using green mangoes. This curry is similar to the Kerala style Fish curry that I have posted before except here green mangoes are used for providing the tartness as opposed to ‘Kodampuli’ that is otherwise used. The combination of shrimp,coconut milk and green mangoes is what I call a perfect amalgam of flavors.! And if you cook this in an earthern(clay) pot as is done traditionally, then it is the ultimate curry ever! Give me this curry and rice any day 🙂 One has to taste this curry to really appreciate what I am raving about here! (I know ..I know …that applies to all the recipes I post I guess but in this case since green mangoes is not widely used in other cuisines, folks might find it hard to imagine what the taste would be like unless they actually taste it! )
So here’s my recipe. (I sometimes add a piece of kodampuli or kokum(check the glossary page to read more about this ingredient) to supplement the tartness of the mango if the mango is not that sour.) Kodampuli/Kokum is a dried fruit that is very sour to taste and imparts a delicious smoky and tangy flavor to curries.
Update/Notes- Since I posted this recipe, some of you have asked me how to get green mangoes and what can be used as a substitute if they are not available? Well ,you could start by looking in Indian/asian grocers around this time between March-June early spring. These are seasonal! And if you are not lucky enough to get green mangoes, I would suggest using tart green apples (the apples should not be too sweet). Or you could use tomatoes. Or of course, the other substitute for this curry is ‘kodampuli’, a special kind of tamarind I mention above.
- 1 lb uncooked shrimp (about 20-22 medium size),
- deshelled and deveined
- ¾ cup green mango pieces,
- chopped into ½ inch cubes(about
- 1 small mango)
- a small piece of kodampuli or kokum (optional)
- ¼ tsp fresh ginger, chopped finely
- 3 green chillies,slit length-wise (omit for AIP)
- 1½ tsp red chilli (cayenne)powder (use less for mild version and skip for AIP)
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1¼ tsp salt
- 3 cups fresh coconut milk or canned(see notes below for
- extracting fresh coconut milk)
- 1 tbsp finely chopped red onions or shallots
- 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 sprig of curry leaves, with stem
- 2 cups of fresh grated coconut or (frozen grated coconut that has been thawed)
- 2 cups plus 1 cup of warm water
- Take an earthen/clay pot or a regular medium size cooking pot and add the cleaned pieces of shrimp in it. Keep aside.
- Peel the green mango and slice it into 1 inch cubes discarding the seed in the middle. Measure about ¾ th cup of mango pieces and add to the pot with the shrimp.
- Next add all the other ingredients including the coconut milk and mix slightly with a wooden spoon so that the spices blend well with the coconut milk.
- Keep the pot on the stove and heat covered on low to medium flame for about 20 minutes stirring every 5 minutes or so to prevent the shrimp from sticking to the pot.
- Take the lid off and check for consistency of the curry - it should be like a soup but not too watery and not too thick. If too thick, add a liitle bit of water and remove from flame. (If the curry looks too watery, let it cook for another 5 minutes or so uncovered on low heat until you get the desired consistency.)
- For the final tempering, heat the coconut oil in a tadka pan(small pan) for about 30 seconds. Then add the chopped onions and saute till golden brown(about 2 minutes). Add the curry leaves with its stem. Pour all the coconut oil and the onion and curry leaves mixture into the shrimp pot. Enjoy the shrimp curry with cooked parboiled rice and pappadams.!
- Take the 2 cups of fresh grated coconut (or thawed frozen grated coconut) and add to a blender along with 2 cups of warm water. Blend for about 1-2 minutes. Then strain using a large strainer directly into the pot with the fish. Next take the coconut from the strainer and again add to the blender with another 1 cup of warm water. Blend it again for about 1 minute and strain this milk into the pot so you will have approximately 3 cups of coconut milk.
Sometimes, you may see some separation of the coconut milk on boiling (hence cooking on low to moderate heat is recommended). But if you do see separation, just lower the flame and let the curry simmer on low until it becomes unified again. If it doesn't still come together, then you may need to add a little bit more coconut milk towards the end.
For AIP, omit cayenne pepper and green chillies
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Indu, I tried your recipe, it turned out awesome, all at home liked it. Thanks!!
wow that’s awesome Berna! I am so happy to hear that! thanks for letting me know! Much Love 🙂
That sauce looks divine! Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. I’ve pinned and tweeted this post and hope to see you linking up again soon! 😀 x
thanks Emily! Yes I am trying to post regularly on your Recipe of the Week# It’s a great place to meet other people! 🙂
This looks and sounds delicious, I’ll be hunting around for some green mangoes so I can make this soon.
thanks Sophie. Yes do try it if you can find green mangoes. Hope you find them or try with some of the substitutes I have mentioned…
I love mango curry- but have never had or made green mango curry. It sounds delicious!
yes its really delicious!. Do try it if you get a chance.
Yum, this looks delicious!
thanks yes it is simply yum 🙂
Curry and green mangoes…two of my favorite ingredients!
yes mine too! 🙂
Looks great!! I nominated you for the Sunshine Award, 🙂 http://kouzounaskitchen.com/2014/03/16/another-sunshine-award/
thanks so much Krystina. I am honored and I greatly appreciate it! 🙂
You are most welcome, and I am happy you received this award. 🙂
Oh, Indu, your curry looks so tasty! I love the green mango and shrimp combination!
Yes Patty this curry is indeed very tasty! Do try it if you get your hands on green mangoes anytime!
I simple love chemmeen manga curry. 🙂 🙂 i am feeling sooo hungry seeing your post, really! 🙂
🙂 Sadia, I know its my all time favorite too! Makes my mouth water. Now I have to make some more! 🙂
Wow, what a great idea. Now I know what to do with green mangoes! Thank you for sharing! 🙂
You are welcome, Ronit! I hope you can make it! 🙂
This looks so delicious! I’m not sure if I can find a tart mango here… but this is a recipe that I would truly enjoy..I just know it!
thanks. Where are you located? In the US I find it in the Indian or Asian grocers around this time – early spring.
I’m in Western NY, US. I’m going to search to see if there are any Asian or Indian Grocers around me. There must be. If not, I’m guessing I can find it online! 🙂 Thank you!
yes I hope you do find them. If not perhaps you could use tart green apples as a substitute? i haven’t tried it…but perhaps it will work.! 🙂
Well I can always get apples here! I have apple orchards surrounding me! I will definitely try it!
🙂 Let me know how you make out! 🙂
I love your recipes Indu as you are teaching me so much – learning about new ingredients and techniques (I love to “google”). Amazing how much I do not know but I am having fun doing the research and eventually trying some of your recipes – thanks 🙂
thanks Judi! I am so glad you are learning something new from me. Same as I learn from you and all my other blogger friends.! Btw I hope you saw my other message where I have nominated you for the sunshine award too?
I love it! In Italy it was almost impossible find a good mango, or better, is even hard to find it! Since I moved to Canada I always have at least 2 mangos at home, I’m sure I’ll love your recipe!
p.s I’ve just sent you a message about the award, through the blog. Let me know in case you didn’t received it.
Good to know that you have mangoes at home. Do you get green ones easily? yes do try the curry I am sure you will like it! And yes I am going to reply to your message next. thanks!