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Why mangoes are the go-to fruit for couples this summer

There is so much fun cooking as a couple. Savour the amazing health benefits and taste of mangoes as you toss up these recipes this summer
Mangoes are a great way of tossing up a salad and cooking together

Cooking together can be exciting and a lot of fun. Especially if you are doing it over the weekend when you have some respite from the daily routine. But in the hot sizzling summer months even the most enthusiastic home cooks dread standing next to hot cooking surfaces. So, here are some super fresh and summer recipes with mangoes that can be done away from the kitchen in the cool comfort of the dining or family room. (So here are few recipes from our ‘Cooking away from the Kitchen’ collection.)

Mangoes are the best seasonal fruits

We strongly believe in eating seasonal and as much as possible local food. Which would make mangoes the perfect main ingredient for these recipes!

India has over 250 varieties of mangoes (as per Google ), of which 30 are most popular. So it is very easy to find a good local variety of mango for these recipes.

Needless to say the health benefits of Indian mangoes are immense.

So collect all the ingredients, take a chopping board, some good knives, mixing bowls and find a comfortable surface to get started with your partner. Good music and glass of good wine always helps set the mood. When you are done with these must-try mango recipes it will not only leave you licking your fingers, but it’s great for your mood and you will feel so good about your together-time spent experimenting with the magic fruit. Just go to our Instagram page for more ideas.

Must-try recipes with mangoes

Mango Salsa is a great recipe to make with mangoes
Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa

Ingredients

2-3 ripe mangoes (any local variety will do, but Alphanso or Kesar are my favourites)

1 small red bell pepper

1 small onion

1 full jalapeno or 5-6 pre-cut pieces (as per the spice level desired)

3 tbsp chopped cilantro

1 lemon

Salt

Method

Peel and cut mangoes in small cubes (approx. ¼ inch).

Chop bell pepper and onions (approx. half of the mango cubes).

Chop jalapeno and cilantro very fine.

In a mixing bowl mix all of these. Squeeze lemon juice and sprinkle couple of pinch of salt in it. Mix it all very gently with a wooden spoon. Delicious mango salsa is ready to be enjoyed with your favourite variety of salsa chips!!

Mangoes can be used to make mung and raw mango salad
Sprouted Mung and Raw mango salad

Protein Punch: Sprouted Mung & Raw Mango salad

Ingredients

1 cup sprouted mung

½ cup raw mango peeled and shredded

½ cup red cabbage long finely chopped

¼ cup roasted crushed peanuts

¼ cup finely chopped basil leaves

¼ cup finely shredded fresh coconut

2 green chillies very finely chopped

1 tbsp thin ginger

½ lemon

2 tbsp honey

Salt (to taste)

Optional:

Grilled chicken pieces

Method

Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl. Save half of the crushed peanuts for garnish.  Refrigerate for half hour.

At the time of serving mix it all again, so that the juice released from raw mango gets incorporated. Garnish with the remaining peanuts. This is an excellent accompaniment with any rice and curry.

Mangoes can be used to make mango chaat
Mango Chaat

Mango Chaat

Ingredients

2 ripe mangoes

½ cup pomegranate

1 finely chopped tomato

½ finely chopped onion

2 tbsp chopped cilantro leaves

2 tbsp chopped mint

1 tbsp chaat masala

¼ tsp red chillies powder

1 tbsp lemon juice

Salt

Method

Mix all the above ingredients gently. Spread it on crispy mini khakhara or fill in chaat baskets. Sprinkle a pinch of additional chaat masala on it and consume immediately.

Mangoes can be used to make Mango Bruschetta.
Mango Bruschetta. Image Source

Mango Bruschetta

Ingredients 

2 diced ripe mangoes

1 finely chopped tomatoes

½ finely chopped onion

2 tbsp chopped basil leaves

2 tbsp chopped mint

1 tbsp pine nuts

For dressing:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

¼ tsp black pepper powder

¼ tsp Salt (or to taste)

Method

Put all the ingredients of the dressing in a clean glass bottle. Shake it well till it looks homogenous.

Mix mango, tomato, onion, basil, mint and pine nuts in a mixing bowl. Add the dressing and mix it gently so that mango dices don’t break.

Keep refrigerated for 15 min.

At the time of serving, spread a spoon full on small pre-toasted breads.

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