Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gunda nu athanu/Bhokrache LoNche

Gunda nu Athanu or Bhokrache LoNche is one of the family favorites. It is made in my Maharashtrian as well as Gujarati family with more or less similar technique. Mom says as a kid, she was always confused between Gunda and Chunda (grated raw mango pickle) . :-D

I still need to make an attempt to make my own chunda but I finally made this pickle on a very small scale.

Gunda nu Athanu or Bhokrache LoNache
Indian Berry Pickle

Mix and set aside
1 small raw mango, seed removed, coarsely grated

1/2 cup sesame oil, bring to boil and then cool down completely

1. Rinse gundas and raw mango. Dry them completely before proceeding. Remove the brown cap of each gunda.

2. Take gundas in a bowl. Add a spoonful of salt. Set aside for 15 minutes.

3. Using a pestle, thwack each gunda so it is slightly opened. Take off the slimy seeds & all the slime out. Rub the salt on the slimy interior of each gunda. Set aside for 1 hour.

4. Meanwhile, mix coarsely grated raw mango with the pickle masala. This mixture needs to be stuffed inside the gundas.
5. Stuff the mixture inside the gundas.The leftover mixture is needed so set it aside.
6. Take a clean and air tight glass bottle. Spread raw mango mixture at the bottom. Place stuffed gundas in a single layer. Add more mixture on top. Spread another layer of stuffed gundas and so on. The bottle should have raw mango mixture at the top as well as the bottom.
7. Set aside for 2 days. Take care to stir the mixture using a clean spoon from top to bottom once a day.
8. As mentioned above, bring sesame oil to boil and then cool it completely.
9. Add the cooled sesame oil to the pickle bottle so the oil floats on top. So if needed add more or less sesame oil.
10. The pickle will be ready to eat in about 2 weeks.

Note -
1. Choose a bottle so the pickle is filled till the neck. If you take too big bottle where the layers are only till half of the bottle, the trapped air may ruin the pickle - MIL's tip!
2. I have made this pickle on a ridiculously small scale. But this is intentional as it is meant for my own family. You can use your own judgement and proportion per your needs.
3. You can make your own pickle masala or use a readymade pickle masala like Bedekar or KePra brand. If buying the readymade masala, check the expiration date.


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