The love for mangoes is no 'aam' baat!

by Sanjeev Kapoor

One of the only things that make the sweltering summer heat bearable is the fact that it coincides with the season of the ‘king of fruits,’ mango. For a mango lover, the world might be upside down but when it’s summer season, they need mangoes on their plates. Juicy, pulpy, refreshing and flavourful in distinct varieties, eating mangoes is almost therapeutic! There are no two ways about it. Raw or ripe, sweet or savoury, mangoes in any way taste nice.

Here are the ‘not so aam (ordinary)’ benefits of this amazing fruit!

  • Contain an antioxidant, named zeaxanthin, which helps protect the eye.
  • Acts as an immunity booster as it is loaded with Vitamin C, beta-carotene and Vitamin A. Can also help you reach your daily vitamin goal quite easily, good for the hair and skin too.
  • Possesses high fibre content that help control the cholesterol levels in the body.
  • Contains carotenoid which is said to prevent colon cancer and skin cancer.

Now that we have more reason to gobble this fab fruit, here’s a list of recipes for you to make the most of this mango season!

Mango Achaar Cooler

We claimed that mango recipes taste great in any form. So, here’s one with a savoury twist and filled with oomph. Sugar and spice, everything’s nice – this is probably the best way to create a recipe with mangoes. The sweetness of mango is complimented and spruced up with a kick from a good ol’aam ka achar and a dash of Tabasco – this mocktail is spicy in a really sweet way!

Mango Coriander Chicken

When you think you cannot put mangoes in everything, it won’t taste good, this recipe comes right in! Chicken breast marinated in a spice mix made of sweet mangoes and fiery spices, seared in a grill pan and finished off in the oven till perfectly succulent. Simple, full proof and ultra-yummy is the best way to define this one. Try it, you won’t regret it.

 

Steamed Mango Dumplings

Have you ever heard of something like this? We’re guessing no! But, let us tell you, once you try this one, it’s going to be the next favourite thing other than mangoes in their true form. Steamed rice flour dumplings enclosing a sweet mango filling, this is pretty much amodak with a super delicious mango twist. Try it out, all you need is 4 ingredients and you’re all set!

Sev Puri with Mango Salsa

This is the simplest and most exotic twist you can add to a good old sev puri. Just top the crisp puris with this sweet and fiery mango salsa, plenty of sev and fresh coriander and you have a fancy tropical version of this all-time favourite street food.

 

Cold Mango Souffle

Since its summers and you might be craving something chilled too, so here’s the perfect recipe which is like a cherry on the top in this mango mausam. A French dessert made with sumptuous mangoes will take your senses to the Zen mode, and make them stay there for quite a while! This divine dessert never fails to impress, give it a shot.

Mango and Orange Jam

Mangoes and oranges are a match made in heaven! In this recipe, they come together to give you a citrusy sweet jam that can brighten up the dullest of meals. Slather it on a slice of toast or use it as a marinade to grill meat. After you make this one at home, you’re going to avoid buying jams from stores.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.