Cook's Hideout: Mango Masala Rice

April 18, 2013

Mango Masala Rice

Blogging Marathon# 27: Week 3/ Day 3
Theme: Seasonal Dishes - Summer Entree
Dish: Mango Masala Rice
After Spring (March - May) comes Summer (June - August), the funnest of all seasons in terms of outdoor activities are considered. Great season to have some fun in the sun, picnics in the park, barbecues, visits to the lakes/ beaches etc. All in all wonderful time to enjoy with family and friends.
Summers also mean mango season. We get mangoes all through the year here in the US, thanks to the imported mangoes from Hawaii and other tropical countries. But I think the best mangoes are available only in the summer. Indian stores are stocked with juicy, sweet mangoes and we always end up with big crates of these yellow beauties even though it's just the 2 of us who eat them in my family. 
Mango Masala Rice
So for today's Summer seasonal recipe, I made this tangy and slightly spicy Mango Masala Rice. Recipe courtesy from one of the Telugu cooking shows that I'm practically obsessed with these days. This dish is almost like mango pulihora with some added spices to give the kick. Do try when you get good raw mangoes.
Mango Masala Rice

Rice - 1 cup
Salt - to taste

For the Masala Paste:
Dry red chilies - 5
Coriander seeds - 1½tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1tbsp
Mango - 1 medium, chopped
Grated Coconut - ½cup (thawed if frozen)
Green chilies - 2-3 (skip if you don't want the rice to be too spicy)

For Tempering:
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Chana dal - 2tsp
Urad dal - 2tsp
Peanuts - 2tbsp
Curry leaves - 8-10


  • Cook rice like you would for pulihora making sure that the grains are separate and not mushy. Set aside.
  • Dry roast dry red chilies, coriander seeds and cumin seeds until fragrant. Let cool slightly and then grind along with chopped mango, grated coconut and green chilies (if using) into a smooth paste.
  • Heat 2tsp oil in a pan, add the masala paste and cook on medium flame until mango doesn't smell raw anymore, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Add rice to the masala and mix well. Season with salt.
  • In another small pan, heat 1tbsp oil and add mustard seeds, both the dals and peanuts. Fry until seeds and peanuts are golden and then add the curry leaves. Add this to the rice, mix well and Enjoy!!
Masala paste can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 3 days. So when ready to make, just cook some rice or use leftover rice, mix the masala for a quick and easy weeknight meal. 
Mango Masala Rice
 Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 27.


  1. Love the preparation and presentation.. Yummy !!

  2. I love raw mangoes...and this rice seems to be very marked..really very tempting.

  3. Mango rice is my all time favourite,that bowl of tangy rice makes me hungry now.

  4. Sounds very good to me. Love the Masala paste idea. Would love to try this paste even with curries. And the pics are lovely, with the coconut shells. You're on a super picture trail these days!

  5. am ur new follower..:) glad to land in ur space

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  6. Love the presentation...delicious

  7. Love the presentation...delicious

  8. Sounds good with that masala powder Pavani..though I have tried that masala with tamarind, never with mango..must have been so flavoursome..

  9. I love your version of mango rice. What flavor mango gives to the rice. Super it is

  10. we make dal but never tried with rice, this is for keeps, will definitely try

  11. yummy and finger licking rice, love the mango flavoured rice always...

  12. I knew of only chitraanna with mango this is new to me.Will try this out

  13. Nice and tangy rice,never made with masala,will try it for sure...bookmarked dear.

  14. Mango rice ela chesina super ga untundhi kada! Love this version as well!

  15. Drolling here.... u people breaking diet mind....

  16. It's different than my version, this sounds good too. Need to try next time.

  17. All at home like maanga saadam and this version is nice too. Shall try this out

  18. Am wondering that how the coriander seeds taste in this dish. However I guess the dish must have been tasty because of that show. :)


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