Today we have a delicious guest post from Jayashree T Rao over at EvergreenDishes
We are in the last few days of mango season. Thus, I am just enjoying and recreating whatever I can in the best possible way. It is my favourite fruit, but I keep a watch of what I eat. We have a couple of trees at home and hence I do get a lot of them. I send some to my friends and neighbours.
Mango is the juicy stony fruit from numerous species of tropical trees belonging to the flowering plant genus Mangifera. Mangoes are native to South Asia, mangifera indica is widely distributed worldwide. India is the largest cultivator of mango, China ranks second.
Different variety of mango are available in the Indian market. Some of them are Alphanso, Totapuri, Benesha, Dasheri, Langra, Mulgoba, Raspuri to name a few.
Did you know that Indians are crazy about mangoes? It is regarded as the king of fruits and alphanso is the king of mangoes. They love mangoes and that is the best thing about summers. It is the national fruit. India is the highest cultivator of mangoes followed by China.
A wide range of dishes from pickles to desserts are prepared during this season.
Unripe and sour mangoes are used to make pickle, chutney, spreads, and juice. Pickles of different kinds are prepared in different states. A summer drink known as aam panna is flavourful and popular in Maharashtra. Morabba is a sweet dish used to spread with bread and chapati. A rice dish is also popular in South India. It makes a good meal by itself.
The ripe mangoes are best consumed as a fruit. But the pulp called as Aamras is very tasty. It is used as an accompaniment with puri or chapati. Puri and chapati are Indian flatbreads which are regularly made and consumed here. It is made using wheat flour.
During the mango season, extracting the mango pulp is one of the daily chores for us. Mangoes are washed, dried, softened and then the pulp is squeezed out. A little sugar and milk may be added to it. This is known as aamras. Large utensils of Aamras is usually seen in the refrigerator.
Ripe mango used in curry is flavorsome and tastes good with hot steamed rice.
Fruits are best used in sweets and desserts. Different sweets such as rabdi are made with mango flavor. Mango pieces in custard taste awesome. Mango parfait is another dessert which I often make.
Today, I present you with two recipes using mango. They are easy and can be easily made with the available ingredients. These are popular from the Indian sub-continent.
Mango Lassi is a delicious drink during summer. Use ripe and good fruit to make it. It is a refreshing drink.
- 2 ripe mango
- 1 cup yoghurt
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
- 2 almonds
- Wash and peel the mango. Cut into slices and freeze it.
- Blend it along with sugar and yoghurt.
- Pour in glass, add cardamom powder and garnish with almond pieces.
Do not use sour yoghurt. Adjust sugar as per your needs.
Lassi is a popular chilled beverage from Indian sub-continent, best served during summer. It is made of yoghurt and can be sweet or spicy. Spicy version is usually served with salt and cumin powder
Sweet version of lassi is tasty, creamy and frothy. It is one of the essentials during summer months. Yoghurt is whipped and blended with cream and sugar and topped with dry fruits. Fruits of different kind may be used in lassi. They are the taste enhancers and also nutrient suppliers.
With the temperature rising during May, we often had this chilled mango lemonade in the afternoon. Lemonade is a popular drink in the Indian sub-continent. You are often served this welcome drink when you visit someone. Mango lemonade is made using ripe mangoes unlike the other drink Aampanna that uses unripe and sour ones.
- 2 mango
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 lemon
- 1 cup water
- Ice cubes
- Mint leaves
Peel the mango and cut into cubes.
- Put the mango and sugar in a blender jar and give a swirl.
- Add water and lemon juice. Give a swirl again.
- Pour in glass, add ice cube and garnish with a mint leaf. Refreshing mango lemonade is ready to sip.
Jayashree T Rao
A person with a zest for life and a passion for writing. Believes in living life to the fullest. She loves cooking and writing, thus her blog was born. Author of three e-books, South Indian Breakfast, 30 Tasty Dal Recipes, and Breadbasket. They are available on Amazon. A poet at heart, some of her poems are published in anthologies.
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I love Mango Lassi and am so glad I now have a recipe to make it at home.
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