A wedding in Andhra will almost always have Dosa Avakai (Dosavakaya | Dosavakai) as one of the accompaniments. I absolutely love Dosa Avakai and look forward to it at Andhra weddings. I love the crunch of the dosakaya pieces and the hit of the mustard. Mudda Pappu Annam and Dosa Avakai is a match made in heaven!
I guess serving the famous Avakai or Mango Pickle would not be feasible, given the great number of people that attend an Indian wedding.
Dosavakaya is an instant pickle made with a particular kind of cucumber called Nakka Dosakaya which is not easily found in Mumbai. When my cousin Subbalakshmi (fondly called Ramana Akka) heard of my fondness for this pickle, she got me this huge bottle of Dosavakaya when she came to Mumbai a couple of months ago. I have been in seventh heaven ever since. 🙂
This cousin of mine is the repository of all the customs followed in our family (so she functions as a ready-reckoner when we are in doubt) and also quite a gutsy lady. I don’t know of many Indian ladies who managed a trucking business and even travelled in trucks in the mid-1980s.
Thank you, Ramana Akka, for this wonderful gift.
Coming back to Dosa Avakai, it is quite easy to make and can be used within a day of making it.
How to Make Dosavakaya |Dosa Avakai
- 2 Cup Nakka Dosakaya
- 3 tbsp Coarse Mustard Seed Powder
- 3 to 4 tbsp Red Chilli Powder
- 2 tbsp Salt
- 1/4 Cup Sesame Oil