Kacchi Kairi (Raw Mango) with Masala, Munnar, Kerala.
During summers in Delhi, I remember vendors selling all these chatapata goodies on their carts, with Kairi, Kamrakh, Ber and Faalse dominating the majority of their sales.
Most of these were served with their in-house masalas, resulting in that sweet, sour, spicy and chatapata taste, which apparently was well loved by the women surrounding the carts.
Now, I believe liking chatapata food isn't only lady's domain, and yours truly doesn't mind a nice Kairi himself, and a couple of Kamrakh especially served with shakarkandi. Kairi infact is proof of how the amazing mango gives in forms - you can consume the raw mango with masala, use it as a garnish, use it in chutneys, make pickle, make a sabzi/launj out of it, the possibilities are endless.
Seeing a lot of the mango on my timeline, my mind goes back to this delicious street snack we had near Munnar in Kerala. Sweet and Sour, firm mango, chilli, salt and you'd be happy to munch on this everyday.
How do you put those raw mangoes to use ?
Places we visit – Kannur
Known as the Land of Lore and Looms, Kannur in northern Kerala is a fascinating beach city with far fewer tourists than it deserves.
The deep footprints of the Dutch, Portuguese, British and the Mysore Sultanate are still imbibed in the town and can be witnessed all around. St Angelo`s Fort is the 1505 Portuguese-built Fort on a promontory 3km south of town. The well-preserved walls and gardens within are a fascinating glimpse into the colonial history here. The Arrakal Museum is housed in a section of the Royal Palace of the Arakkal family, the Muslim dynasty who ruled Kannur from the 16th to the 19th century.
Kannur is also known for its weaving industry and there are still some original loom factories operating throughout the town. One such is the Loknath Weavers cooperative which was established in 1955, and is one of the oldest cooperatives in Kannur. Visitors are welcome to stop by for a short tour where you'll get to see the weavers busy producing beautiful fabrics. There is also a small shop where you can purchase their produce.
However, the main reason tourists visit the Kannur region is because it is one of the few places in India to see the spirit-possession ritual called Theyyam. A rare combination of dance and music, this ancient practice sees the performers assume the form of God, channeling the divine, in order to bless the temple and village for the upcoming year. On most nights of the year between November and April there is be a theyyam ritual happening at a village temple somewhere in the district.
We visit Kannur on our South Indian Odyssey. Join us next January/February.