You only need to pick up a single, golden, curvy Alphonso mango to savour a most heady aroma full of promise. Eating the fruit, with its juices slowly trickling down the fingers and chin is really the pinnacle of the mango experience. However, mangoes (in all their amazing varieties) are an incredibly versatile ingredient and it would be a tragedy not to showcase its myriad forms on a dinner table. Here are some exciting ideas that bring out the beauty of the fruit in different ways.
Sticky rice pudding with cubes of mango is a timeless, classic enjoyed by everyone in Thailand. Here is a simple yet elegant take on this dessert. Cook the sticky rice in coconut milk and a scant bit of sugar to make a pudding. Thinly slice a mango cheek lengthwise. Lay the oval shaped slices in a row over cling film and spoon the coconut sticky rice and roll like a sushi. Cut into individual portions and serve immediately. Each bright yellow morsel is a perfect combination of juicy fruit and barely sweet rice pudding.
In Mexico, vendors on the street offer a creative and off-beat way to feast on the fruit. They insert a stick into the base of the fruit and carve the ripe mango into a rose. It is then dipped into a potent blend of red chili powder, salt and sprinkled with freshly squeezed lemon juice. If it’s not possible to carve the fruit into a rose shape, then thread large cubes of mango on a satay stick and season as mentioned before serving it.
The natural sweetness and bright golden juice of mangoes make for the best beverages like thick creamy lassi or smooth milkshakes for kids and spiked cocktails or boozy slushies for the adults. To make alcoholic mango slushies, simply blend chopped and frozen mangoes with mint, lemon juice and sugar till it becomes, well, slushy. Pour into a tall glass, spike with golden spiced rum and serve as a refreshing beverage.
Mango Down Under
As king of the fruits, the taste and aroma of a mango dominates and delights the palate. Add to many elements and its beauty is lost. End an elegant meal with individual pavlovas lightly smeared with orange flavoured whipped cream and topped with fresh diced Alphonso mango. Whether eaten simply as a peeled and chopped fruit or as one of the above dishes, they are certainly a satisfying way to enjoy the best of summer!
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