Appa loved good food, esp the ones typical of a Tambram family. And this Manga-inji is the quintessential representation, he felt.
As a teenager all my love was for the mango and I hated this Manga-inji for the duality it represented. I also felt that it was stealing the thunder out of my fav mango! And I used to hate inji aka ginger. That was another pull down for disliking it.
But the way my appa used to relish this simple Manga-inji made me wonder what he saw in this dish! He used to look at me like “how can you not like this awesomeness” ! Only one thing he was confident about – that I will eventually fall for it.
Now, after decades, I seem to be falling in line with my appa for I am starting to like Manga-inji. Does that mean the older me resonates with my Appa? 😁
Making the Manga-inji (Mango ginger) salad
Peel the Manga-inji and cut it into small cubes.
Sprinkle required amount of salt and mix well.
Squeeze lemon juice and mix well.
Do a simple tadka of mustard and cut green chillies and mix well together.
This goes well with curd rice but I am liking it with sambar rice too. Try it for sure!