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5 MANGO RECIPES FOR THIS MANGO FESTIVAL

If there’s anything that’s comforting in the hot summer, it’s mangoes! Acknowledging the mango frenzy, the International Mango Festival is celebrated by the near end of summer to indulge in lip-smacking food and sip on flavourful beverages featuring the king of tropical fruits. The festival is all about celebrating the season’s favourite fruit by displaying a wide variety of mangoes along with exciting games and cultural programs. 

So why don’t we hold up the festivities in our household by relishing various mango-licious delicacies? 

Here’s a list of 5 mango recipes for you to try at this mango festival!

1. Mango lassi popsicles

We are always up for gulping down a glass of mango lassi, blended to perfection. with succulent mangoes and tangy yoghurt. How about we step up the game and convert the lassi into a frozen treat? – Mango lassi popsicles it is!

Prep time: 5 minutes Freezing time: 8 hours

Ingredients:

  • Ripe mangoes – 3 
  • Yoghurt – 1 ½ cup
  • Kosher salt – ¼ teaspoon
  • Saffron (optional) – ½ teaspoon
  • Sugar (optional) – 1 tablespoon

Method: 

  1. Cut the mangoes into pieces and transfer them to a mixer.
  2. Blend the mango cubes into a smooth puree.
  3. Add yoghurt, salt and saffron to the mango puree and blitz them together.
  4. Add a sweetening element (sugar or honey) if required.
  5. Pour the mango lassi mixture into a popsicle mould.
  6. Cover the mould, insert popsicle sticks and refrigerate the mango delight for 8 hours.

2. Mango burfi

One of the classic Indian desserts is burfi. There is not a single person who doesn’t fancy milk and coconut based fudge. So why don’t we add an extra layer of flavour with mango? Let’s get into the recipe. 

Prep time: 5mins Cooking time: 15mins

Ingredients: 

  • Mango – 1 cup
  • Milk – ½ cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Grated coconut – 3 cups
  • Cardamom powder – ¼ tablespoon

Method: 

  1. To a blender, add 1 cup of mango and ½ cup of milk
  2. Blend the mixture to a smooth consistency and add milk if needed. 
  3. Transfer the mango puree to a pan with 1 cup of sugar
  4. Once the sugar dissolves completely, add 3 cups of coconut.
  5. Stir the mixture continuously on a medium flame.
  6. Once the coconut mixture starts to separate, add the cardamom powder and mix well.
  7. Transfer the mixture to a greased plate and let it rest for a while.
  8. Refrigerate for an hour and cut it into cubes before serving.

3. Mango salsa 

Adding mangoes to a regular salsa? – Yass! The blend of flavours, sweet, tangy, and spicy, is highly delectable. Let’s give a mango twist to this iconic Mexican condiment. Serve it with fish tacos, nachos, or any Mexican dish for that reason. 

Prep time: 15 times

Ingredients:

  • Mangoes – 3
  • Red bell pepper – 1
  • Red onion – ½ 
  • Fresh cilantro – ¼ cup
  • Jalapeno (deseeded) – 1
  • Lime juice – ¼ cup
  • Salt – ¼ teaspoon

Method:

  1. Dice the mangoes, red bell pepper, and red onion and transfer them to a bowl.
  2. Mince the jalapeno and cilantro and add them to the above mixture.
  3. Stir the ingredients together. Season the salsa with salt and lemon juice.

4. Thai mango sticky rice

Mango sticky rice is a Thai dessert full of flavour and it is the best way to amuse your taste buds after a heavy meal. It is a rice pudding which elevates its taste quotient by using mangoes. I bet this dish will mentally transport you to Thailand with the burst of coconut and mango flavours at play. 

Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Thai sweet rice – 1 cup
  • Coconut milk – 400ml
  • Mango – 1 
  • Water – 1 ½ cup
  • Brown sugar – 4 tablespoons
  • Salt – ¼ teaspoon

Method:

  1. Soak the rice in a pot with a cup of water for about half an hour.
  2. Without draining the water, transfer the pot to a stove, add the other ½ cup of water, 200ml of coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, stir and heat the mixture on medium flame.
  3. Let the mixture simmer down until the coconut water has been absorbed by the rice.
  4. Turn off the heat and allow the sticky rice to rest for a while
  5. For the sauce, add 200ml of coconut milk to a saucepan and heat it over medium heat. Do not bring it to a boil.
  6. Add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and keep stirring for the sweetener to dissolve completely.
  7. Dice the mango and add it to a bowl.
  8. Scoop out some sticky rice and place it next to the mango cubes. 
  9. Drizzle the pudding with the coconut sauce and voila! 

5. Mango salad

The fitness freaks are never gonna come up with an excuse for health and wellness. So let’s not ditch them during this international mango fest. Instead, let’s give them an upgrade to their regular salad. Here’s a salad recipe with a healthy (sweet) twist – Mango salad! 

Prep time: 15 minutes 

Ingredients:
Salad:

  • Mango – 3
  • Red bell pepper – 1
  • Red onion – ¼
  • Fresh basil – ¼ cup
  • Fresh cilantro – ¼ cup

Dressing:

  • Lime juice – ¼ cup
  • Sugar – 2 tablespoons
  • Red pepper flakes – ⅛ tablespoon
  • Salt – ¼ tablespoon
  • Vegetable oil – 1 tablespoon 
  • Freshly ground pepper 
  • Zest of 1 lime

Method:

  1. Thinly slice the mangoes, red bell pepper and red onions and transfer them to a salad bowl.
  2. Roughly chop the basil and cilantro and add them to the bowl. 
  3. Give the ingredients a quick toss to combine.
  4. For the dressing, add all the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together. 
  5. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. 

Add some zing to this mango festival by making the most of mangoes, keeping the regular mango dishes on hold and trying out these mango-ficient recipes. Let us know your favourite in the comments section below. 

If you’re looking for summer mocktails to beat the heat, check out the blog attached:https://blog.pankhuri.co/2022/05/10/summer-mocktails-beat-the-heat-with-these-3-refreshing-summer-drinks/baking-baking/quick-recipes/

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