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How to Make Dried Chilli Mango (Achari)

Updated on April 22, 2018
The green mangos I used. As you can see they are not very large that's why 2 dozen may sound like a large figure, but in hind sight it really is not. I always make sure to wash them first of course:) Note, some mangos were peeled prior to taking pic!
The green mangos I used. As you can see they are not very large that's why 2 dozen may sound like a large figure, but in hind sight it really is not. I always make sure to wash them first of course:) Note, some mangos were peeled prior to taking pic!

So, you stumbled upon this article because you like mangos, and you love dried chilli mangos (achari) right? But now you want to make it yourself. So, it is simple. You are going to learn how to make the snack yourself at home. 24 green mangos, chilli powder and granulated sugar are all that you are going to need for this snack- an oven and a baking tray. Read on to learn more.

Dried Chilli Mangos (Achari)

The finished product after baking- prior to adding the sugar. Now, please note I haven't specified how much red chilli powder or sugar to add to this because it really does need to be to your very own taste.
The finished product after baking- prior to adding the sugar. Now, please note I haven't specified how much red chilli powder or sugar to add to this because it really does need to be to your very own taste.
The day after drying out and adding the sugar to the mangos. A lovely snack to eat and as you can see very colourful too! It is a good idea to leave the lid off the container the first day after making to ensure they are fully dried.
The day after drying out and adding the sugar to the mangos. A lovely snack to eat and as you can see very colourful too! It is a good idea to leave the lid off the container the first day after making to ensure they are fully dried.

Learn How To Make Dry Chilli Mango (Achari)

This is a snack that you can go to when you are feeling like a quick pick me up. You can keep them stored and head to eat them when you feel like something spicy, sweet - whilst still being a little bit healthy too!

Pictures of the ingredients used

What the middle of the green mango will look like when you are peeling it. Make sure that you fully remove the mango seed. It will be colored white like the picture, once peeled it is easy to remove the seed.
What the middle of the green mango will look like when you are peeling it. Make sure that you fully remove the mango seed. It will be colored white like the picture, once peeled it is easy to remove the seed.
What the mango will look like after peeling off the skin.
What the mango will look like after peeling off the skin.
The red chilli powder that I used. I didn't measure the amount, I just sprinkled it that's why it's important to note that the chilli powder is to taste- spicy or not too spicy as your taste buds can handle. You can use any brand.
The red chilli powder that I used. I didn't measure the amount, I just sprinkled it that's why it's important to note that the chilli powder is to taste- spicy or not too spicy as your taste buds can handle. You can use any brand.
The sugar I used. It's granulated and I keep it in a huge storage container because I literally bulk buy 15 kg a time to save cash, and of course because I'm always in the kitchen cooking up a storm!
The sugar I used. It's granulated and I keep it in a huge storage container because I literally bulk buy 15 kg a time to save cash, and of course because I'm always in the kitchen cooking up a storm!

Ingredients I Used

  • 24 Green Mangos, peeled and chopped
  • Red Chilli Powder to taste
  • Granulated Sugar to taste

One of the best snacks that I have become accustomed to. The mangos are dried in the oven with heaps of chilli and sugar added to give them a very unique flavour. They are sweet, sour and spicy all at the same time. Ironically, they are also healthy- but given the sugar content added, a little bit of a sugary treat too- so both good and bad for you at the same time!

I love this snack and my guess is that the ones that I’ve been eating from the store have been dried in the sun. However, when I had the opportunity to make this myself at home with a bunch of green mangos I had in the fridge I figured that oven drying was a lot faster and easier than having to troll out in the sun.


The Process- Easy as 1,2,3

So, anyhow I had a huge batch of green mangos and I took 24 of them, peeled them and sliced them into small pieces. I took an oven tray and laid them all out onto it. I then added red chilli powder, and sprinkled it all over the mangos on the tray.

I placed them into the oven at 175 degrees for four hours and kept a close eye on them. The mangos were then very dried out and I left them inside the oven even after it was switched off for a further 2 hours to get dry, hot air. Then, after 6 hours removed them from the oven and sprinkled white sugar over them.

Tip( Don't sprinkle sugar on them before they go in the oven)

Now, it was tempting to sprinkle sugar on the mangos at the beginning, but instinct and common sense from having had past culinary adventures in the kitchen told me that if I would have done this, the sugar would have caramelised and eventually burned as 4 hours in an oven for sugar is way too much. If you know any different please do comment and let me know! Anyhow, I'm sharing some pictures with you in the hope that if anyone wants to attempt to make this snack it will be easier for them, than what it was for me.

Also, please do make sure to note that when you dry foods out in the oven- it is always a good idea not to close the lid of the container that you are storing them in for the night. The reason is that some liquid may still be present and you will give them a chance to be dried out fully overnight. They always look better the next day for some reason- and taste better too.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours 30 min
Yields: 1 medium sized sandwich container

Presenting The Completed Product!

And here you go, the dried out chilli mangos (achari) they are certianly going to be my go to snack when I'm feeling like something a little different. When it comes to storage, you can go all out and purchase plastic bags to put them inside, or you can keep things simple and cut the crap for wasting the packaging and extra cash and just put them inside a jar container with a lid. Enjoy!

The storage container I use to keep them in. As you can see 24 mangos once dried out will shrink considerably.
The storage container I use to keep them in. As you can see 24 mangos once dried out will shrink considerably.
The perfect snack! Chilli mango (achari) dried out and already on their way to being finished:)
The perfect snack! Chilli mango (achari) dried out and already on their way to being finished:)

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      peachy 

      5 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, so this is how to make a tasty snack with mango, thanks

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