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Have I gone Mad for Mango or what? May 27, 2008

Posted by live2cook in Breakfast, out of the griddle.

One among the meanings for “Madness” is “intense excitement“.

When Arundhati announced “Mango” as the ingredient for the event WBB #22, I was so excited to write about everything from my first mango shaped dinner plate to my “mangai haaram” (Gold necklace with string of tiny mangoes and a Mango shaped Pendant) that I got for my marriage.

But to show the intensity of my excitement, I choose to write my grandma’s version of a story that shows how Gods got excited for the “Wisdom Fruit” – Mango. The story goes like this…

It was a nice and sunny day. Lord Shiva and Lordess Parvathy were sitting in their yard, enjoying the Sun. Their sons, Lord Ganesha and Lord Muruga were playing and being mischievous as always. Muruga was making fun of Ganesha’s Elephant face and Ganesha was playing Drums on all the Six heads of Muruga. They were shouting,crying and Complaining on each other and giving their mother Parvathy a hard day.

Being exhausted, Parvathy requested Lord shiva to do something about it. To engage their mischievous sons in some useful activities and to show the world how one should respect their parents, Lord shiva thought of a competetion for his sons. The competetion was that they should circle around the world and whoever finishes first will get a “Wisdom Fruit”.

The slim and fit Muruga started right away. The chubby and fat Ganesha had’nt even shown any sign of movement. He was enjoying his daily routine as always. His routine for the day started with wonderful breakfast and having fun with his books and toys. He never missed a meal,afternoon nap and a good night’s sleep.

Lord Shiva and Parvathy were worried to see their first son not taking the competition seriously. Though Ganesha was enjoying his life, he was worried too. He knew his brother, Muruga, was faster than him and that he would beat him in the competition. But, he was thinking every day to find a better way to beat his brother. In the mean time, Muruga visited almost all the parts of the world and was on his way back home to win the competition. It was the final day of the competition. Muruga haven’t arrived yet. Ganesha approached his parents with a plan in his mind.

He walked around his parents once and wished them good morning. Shiva and Parvathy smiled at him and asked whether he was going to give up on the competition. Ganesha replied them that he would accomplish his mission successfully. Shiva and parvathy were puzzled and asked him for an explanation.

Ganesha replied saying that every child that is born in this world is first introduced to the world by his/her Mother. Through her, the child learns the basics of life. As the child grows, the Father teaches the worldly experiences and is always available for guidance. So for a child,Parents are the entire world. He continued on to say that If he circles around them, It would mean that he had circled the entire world.

Pleased by Ganesha’s reply Lord Shiva and Parvathy handed over the “Wisdom Fruit” – Mango to Ganesha and claimed him as the winner. What happened when Muruga returned….is yet another big story. But I love this happy ending. Watch this!

Whenever my grandma finished a story she would ask for the moral of the story. If she asks me now, I will say “Those who are active and brisk will stay healthy and fit like Muruga”. “But, Ganesha is Clever” said My DH from the Back ground. Well….Ganesha didn’t skip his Breakfast!!! Neither do we.

Let’s start our day with this Mango and Potato griddle Cakes (Mangai-Urulaikizhangu Adai)


2 Cups Par boiled Rice
1/2 cup Mango (Shredded)
1/4 cup Fresh Coconut (Shredded)
1 Potato (Shredded)
1 Onion (Chopped)
3-4 Green Chilies (optional)
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Oil
1/4 tsp Black Mustard seeds
A pinch of Asafetida
Small piece of Ginger

Mangai UrulaiKizhangu adai - Ingredients


1. Soak the rice in warm water for 2 hours.
2. Drain the water from rice and grind along with Mango,Coconut,Ginger,Chilies,Potato. The Batter should be of pancake batter consistency.
3. Mix in the salt.
4. Heat the oil in a small pan. Add the Mustard seeds and Asafetida. When the Mustard seeds splutter, add the seasoned oil to the batter and mix well.
5. Heat a griddle and pour 1/3 cup of batter. Spread like pancakes. Pour 1/2 tsp of oil all around the pancake.
6. When the edges turn brown, flip and cook on the other side.

Mango Potato Griddle cake




1. notyet100 - May 27, 2008


2. Purnima - May 28, 2008

Wonderful n new to me Priya..you sure hv a nice space here, loved ur grandma’s story as well! I will give a try to ur Maanga-Adai for brkfast tom! Wd revert with feedback! thks for sharing!!!

3. sia - May 28, 2008

priya, u just took me down the memory lane with that story ๐Ÿ™‚ lovely entry for WBB.

4. Nirmala Jegadheesan - May 28, 2008

I love this story despite hearing it umpteen no. of times. And we made this adai (skipping the potatoes) this sunday. Turned to be delicious.

5. Swati Raman - May 28, 2008

this is something new to me .. i like d post..

6. Asha - May 28, 2008

Great entry, looks delcious!:))

Yeah, tell that story to my kids! ๐Ÿ˜›

(They know, of course!)

7. ranji - May 28, 2008

simply delicioso!!!lovely entry.

8. Mohan Chandran - June 2, 2008

HI Priya,

Nice post and I loved reading the story of the “wisdom fruit.” Romba nalla irruku. ๐Ÿ™‚

9. live2cook - June 4, 2008

Hi notyet100,ranji,sia,Swati,Asha,

Thank you.

Hi Purnima,

I appreciate your feedback.

Hi Nirmala,

Happy to know you enjoyed the taste.

Hi Mohan,

Thank you. “Nalla Kadha Pannaren illa?” ๐Ÿ™‚

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