Selling mangoes, in a unique way
When I was out and about, I caught this mango seller in action. He was selling raw mangoes for the making of the Avakkai pickle. He brings these mangoes on push carts. Not only does he sell the perfect mangoes, but he also offers the specialised service of cutting the mangoes for free! What makes Avakkai unique is also the way in which mangoes are cut for making it; the mangoes must be cut along with the inner hard shell, and the seed must then be taken out. The shell is essential in the mango pieces used for the making of Avakkai. And folks who make pickle at home, mostly make an entire lot for the whole year. To cut the whole lot of raw mangoes with the inner shells is quite a task, if done at home. So, if they get to buy the freshly cut pieces, the making of the pickle is a lot simplified, especially since he gets these mangoes right to their door step!
Chop! The mango is cut right through the inner hard shell
Cutting it further
… and further to make the required sized pieces for the pickle