Its the season of King of Fruits..Mangoes. While most people of every age or gender are crazy about mangoes, you will be surprised to know that I rarely eat it. But one mango dish that I love is Aam Papad. The aam papad that I always bought from market in my childhood days is now prepared by me in my kitchen. I always relished its tangy, spicy variant more than sweeter variant. So here is my version of the Chatpata Aam Papad for our little kids.
3 Ripe Mangoes
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 Green Cardamom (Powdered)
1/2 tsp Black pepper powder
2-3 pinch ginger powder
1/2 tsp Black Salt
1 tbsp Cooking Oil/Ghee
Pour the mango paste in a pan on medium flame and bring it to boil. Now add sugar, pepper powder, black salt, ginger powder in the paste and stir continuously until thickened. Turn the flame off when the paste turns dark yellow in color and more viscose.
Grease a flat steel tray with oil or ghee and spread a think layer of cooked mango paste in it.
Cover the tray with a thin muslin cloth or net and keep it under the sun to dry. Depending on the heat of sunlight, the time to get the aam papad ready may vary. (it may even let it dry inside the room in night)
Peel off the dried aam papad from tray using sharp tip of a knife and cut into shape you like.
The spicy, tangy homemade aam papad is ready to enjoy with kids without worries of hygiene ;)
P.S. You may use any type of mangoes and can adjust the quantity of sugar and salt as per your taste or according to the original sweetness of mangoes. The aam papad can last for a month or so if stored in an air tight container and refrigerated.