Kairi ki Launji

Kairi ki Launji

Kairi ki LaunjiΒ  (raw mango dish) sunte hee muh mei paani aa jaata hai (mouth starts watering after listening to the name of the dish). This dish is prepared with raw mangoes. Kairi ki Launji is one of my favorite raw mango dishes during summer since childhood. It is a side dish with your regular meals or you can have it with paratha during breakfast.

Sour taste of raw mango is balanced by sugar/jaggery, salt and red chili powder. Seasoning with fennel seeds gives sweet fragrant flavor. When sugar melts and gets mixed with the rest of the ingredients, the look of the dish and taste reaches to another level altogether!! You have beautiful caramelized raw mango dish which will get over by licking directly from the pan. Oh, I can really write a poem on this!!!

Kairi ki Launji

Am I exaggerating too much?? Not at all… Try this recipe and experience the wonderful taste of my favorite raw mango dish “Kairi ki Launji ” during summer!!

Kairi ki Launji

The whole credit for this recipe goes to my younger sister Nandini. Amongst the three sisters she is the one who started cooking very early. So her culinary skills are excellent. Last year during my Jaipur trip she prepared launji and since then I have been waiting for the summer season to get back that wonderful taste!!!

Kairi ki Launji

You can check one more post from raw magoes in the blog. It is traditional Indian cool summer beverageΒ Kachhi keiri ka pana/panna (raw mango beverage)

Ingredients :

400 gm keiri (raw mango medium sized peeled and sliced)
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp sauf
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp salt or as per your taste( can take a mix of white and black salt)
Water 1/4 cup
1/3 cup Sugar

You can reduce or increase the quantity of salt, sugar and chilli powder as per your preference.

For oil, my preference is mustard oil for its pungent flavor.

Process :

Wash, peel and cut raw mangoes in long pieces. The seed of raw mango is tender. While slicing keiri, the seed will also be sliced. Remove the seed after cutting keiri into pieces.

In a broad pan heat oil and crackle funnel seeds.

Add cut pieces of kairie and rest of the spices, except sugar.

Add water, mix everything and cover the pan.

Raw mango gets cooked very soon – so after a minute keep stirring in between. When the keiri is 80% cooked and needs a few more minutes, add sugar and keep stirring very gently till sugar melts. Switch off heat.

Be careful here – don’t let keiri cook completely before adding sugar. If it is completely cooked, it will become mushy when sugar/jaggery is added. Slight crisp and soft pieces of keiri taste really nice.

Kairi ki Launji wouldn’t last more than a day, but if you want to save it for the next day to eat it with paratha for breakfast, keep it in the fridge.

Kairi ki Launji


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Deeksha Pathak

I like reading, watching movies, listening to music, doing some art and craft, cooking, baking and exploring new ideas. Baking is my new passion!!

63 thoughts on “Kairi ki Launji

  1. This is one of my fav summer side dish which my mother would often cook especially for me….her version is slightly different than yours but i guess all the versions of this dish are drool worthy! πŸ˜€

    1. I agree, In India same dish is cooked in many different ways in different regions, I am sure now you would be carrying forward your mom’s recipe with same love and taste.
      Thank you very much 😊

    1. Radhika, many thanks β€οΈπŸ€—πŸ˜˜
      At the end of the season raw mangoes disappear from the market suddenly, so this time I am trying not to miss them.

  2. I love launji, too. Some methi dana is a must for me. Have you tried the teekha variety? Bhari garmi mein dal, chawal aur launji – anand!! πŸ˜€

    1. Ha ha ha… aapne to mere muh ki baat kah di… daal chaawal ke saath loungi… phir to meetha bhee nahi chahiye!!
      Going through menopause so having a lot of hot flashes,so trying to reduce my teekha taste, but I love it!

    1. Thank you so much Kamal πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—
      Probably that’s why it is the king of fruits. Remember nibbling raw mango slices with salt in childhood, carrying mango pickle in lunch box…
      truly, any form of mango is delicious πŸ˜‹ πŸ˜‹

      1. Yes and that was awesome we never stopped eating mangoes with salt and yes carrying mango pickle in our lunch boxes. Those were the best days of our life. Welcome dear Deeksha.

  3. I envy you your mangoes, unripe and sun ripened …. what we get here in Denmark is unripe mangoes, meaning that the seed is already hard, and the fruit flesh is still hard. Do you think I could try the dish with unripe mangoes?

    1. I so much wish to feed you all varieties of mangoes Stellaβ€οΈπŸ’• If possible, take a trip to India.
      You can definitely try with your variety of raw mangoes. We just need raw mango slices which should be hard. Quality of seed has no importance here.

      1. They are only available in small stores, usually around Chinatown, which unfortunately is closed now due to the lock-down. In supermarkets I can only get ripe ones.

      2. Oh. ok.. Lock down is making things difficult and at the same time it is necessary also.
        Have a great week ahead Ronit and be safe and healthy.

  4. Not something I like…but I grew up with it. It was very popular once upon a time. Of course, these days people gets more drawn towards exotic cuisine but this is our own food and exotic for the world!

    1. Arv, I am not surprised that you don’t like this. Kairie and girls go together!! During school days you must have witnessed girls relishing their kairie ka achar till the bell rang😁😁
      Yes, people are drawn to exotic cuisines now courtesy globalization. Lekin ghar aakar to daal-chaawal hi chaahiye!!

  5. Dear Deeksha, I have to say, I do learn so much from your recipe! Especially mango recipes lately!
    If I am opening a new restaurant, this is the best resource! A mango restaurant. so many different mango dishes…
    ah, this is just a dream… haha!

      1. yes, for sure!
        Running a restaurant needs a lot of patience and energy! However, a nice restaurant can create the most wonderful dreams and memories to people!

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