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What’s in season and how to make the best use of it: Mango

What’s in season and how to make the best use of it: Mango
06 January

Soft and juicy flesh with a fibrous texture….there’s a befitting reason as to why they call it the king of the fruits, after all. With a sweet taste and the consistency of butter, Mangoes are enjoyed best eaten on their own or can be equally delightful when used in an assortment of desserts or other sweet or savory recipes!

Toss them in salads, smoothies or curries. Pickle them, make chutneys or whip up lip smacking desserts. Go through our list of the top 5 most creative uses of this fruit and pick your favorite

  1. Raw mango rasam

Also known as mangaai rasam, this is one of South India’s most popular household meals. Mango rasam is a quick and easy recipe which can bustle with flavors ranging from tangy to sweet depending on how you choose to customize it.  Fiery spices team up with tangy raw mangoes and make it a dream combination on a sunny day. Drink it on its own or serve this with rice to make it a light yet nourishing meal.

  1. Mango sticky rice

A traditional dessert originating from the south-east region of Thailand, Mango sticky rice is a sweet dish made with glutinous rice, fresh mango and coconut milk. Sold popularity on the streets of Thailand in peak season, it can just as easily be made at your home. This rice dish cooked in sweetened coconut milk is served with mango slices and acts as a filling and refreshing after meal dessert.

  1. Mango ice cream

Ditch those brands and make your own ice cream! This easy homemade ice cream is super creamy and sweet and hones a delicious zing from the rich use of fresh mangoes. The best thing about this cold, flavorful dessert is that it is open to variations. Use the basic ingredients and freeze it or add your personal assortment of nuts and syrups, it tastes great either way! A refreshing welcome in the scorching heat, mango ice cream can just as easily be turned into a Kulfi, served the way you like it!

  1. Mango lassi

Lassi is a traditional dahi-based drink which is typically a north Indian favorite. While its classic version is a blend of yogurt, water, spices, adding mangoes to the recipe can add a zesty and sweet flavor and texture to it.  Considered to be one of the best ways to enjoy a mango, this lassi is thick, sweet and creamy. It can be made both with and without milk and topped off with saffron,  rose water or cardamom for a dash of enhanced flavor! 

  1. Raw mango chutney

Tangy in taste and a welcome addition to spice up any seemingly boring Dal or subzi, raw mango chutney, is an Indian chutney prepared from unripe mangoes. Green unripe mangoes are hard and sour, and their flavor adds a zesty kick to the palette. It is also usually topped off with mint for a more refreshing taste and goes perfectly well with all kinds of snacks and dishes!

As the monsoon descends upon us, now is the perfect time to relish this glorious fruit in its many forms. Try these recipes and let us know what you think!

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