Chitrangada has nutrition in mind when cooking for her family. Making tasty nutritious food is a skill she has perfected over the years.
Indian Mangoes—The King of fruits
- When you pass through the roads in the rural areas of India, by the train or by the road, during the month of April-May, you will be delighted to see the lined up, Mango trees, in the Mango Orchards, with loads of Mangoes on it.
- And the coo--coo, the sweet singing of the Cuckoo or the Asian Koel is the sign that---—Yes, the Mangoes are arriving.
- The summer season is synonymous with Mangoes in India. And the best part of this season is perhaps this, that you get to enjoy this delicious, mouth watering fruit.
- Young or old, everyone loves it’s heavenly taste, and discovers new ways of eating it.
- Mangoes are grown almost in all parts of Southeast Asia, but as regards India, it enjoys the privilege of being the national fruit.
- There are many varieties grown in different parts of India, each one giving a competition to the other.
- Some of the popular varieties of Indian mangoes are— Langda, Dussehri, Maldah, Alphanso, Safeda, Phajli, Kesar and many-many more.
4 Easy To Make Mango Recipes
1. Mango Fruit Cream Dessert Recipe:
1. One or two ripe mangoes;
2. One liter of toned milk;
3. one teaspoonful sugar( optional);
4. Two tablespoonful of full cream.
1. Wash, clean and peel the mangoes, cut into bite sized pieces and keep aside.
2. Boil the milk and reduce it to almost half.
3. Mix sugar but since the mangoes are quite sweet you can skip this.
4. Allow the reduced milk to cool completely.
5. Mix the pieces of mangoes and cream and let it chill in the refrigerator. Serve chilled.
2. Mango Lassi:
1. 50 grams. of low fat curd or yogurt, preferably made with skimmed milk.
2. Roughly cut pieces of one ripe mango, which is washed and cleaned properly.
3. One teaspoonful of sugar;
4. Some ice cubes;
5. Blend all the ingredients in the Mixer of your food processor or by hand mixer.
6. Serve chilled in tall glasses with ice cubes.
3. Mango Milk Shake or Smoothie:
1. A glass of full cream milk,
2. Roughly cut ripe mango slices,
3. 1 teaspoo Honey,
4. Some ice cubes,
4. A scoop of mango ice cream,
5. Crushed Cashew nuts, 2 to 3.
Blend everything in a mixer, except ice cream and cashew nuts.
Pour the smoothie in a tall glass. Carefully top with ice cream and sprinkle cashew nuts pieces on the top.
4. Sweet Mango Chutney:
1. One ripe large mango, peeled and sliced,
2. Half cup Jaggery
3. One teaspoonful Aniseeds or saunf,
4. One teaspoon pure ghee or clarified butter.
Heat ghee in a thick bottomed pan.
Add aniseeds, and when they crack, add mango pieces and jaggery.
Keep the heat minimum. The jaggery will melt and start to thicken along with the mango, giving it a nice golden texture.
Stir occasionally, but take care not to break the mango pieces.
Cook for about 10 minutes. Cool and serve.
Did you know?
Did You Know?
The International Mango festival is held annually in New Delhi during Summer season.
This is organised with Government initiative in collaboration with Agricultural experts and Food processing experts.
The main idea is to showcase the many varieties grown throughout India and promote the delicious fruit.
Interactive games and quiz programs are also held to educate persons visiting the festival and the many ways in which this delicious fruit can be consumed.
10 Interesting facts about the nutritious Mango, the versatile Mango.
- Mango contains valuable nutrients, such as Carbohydrates and Proteins. It is rich in Vitamin A and C and other Vitamins, Iron and other essential minerals, fiber etc.
- Mango can be eaten both ripe and unripe and there is no end to the recipes you can create with both.
- Unripe Mangoes are used to make pickles, chutney, sauce, Panna, sweet or sour, dry mango powder or Ammchoor, for cooking purposes etc.
- Ripe mangoes can be eaten as it is, and as a dessert. It can be used to create wonderful dessert recipes, Jams, Jellies, Squash or Mango drinks.
- Mangoes can be canned and preserved as well.
- Mango tree has religious significance as well. It’s apex leaves called Aam ka pallav, is used for worship purposes.
- The threaded and mature leaves of mango is used to decorate entrances and homes, on festivals, weddings and other celebrations.
- The whole ripe mango fruit is offered to the Gods and Goddesses, and is considered very auspicious.
- Mangoes, or the arrival of Mangoes, its Manjaris, have been the source of inspiration for many poets and many have expressed themselves beautifully in poems with reference to the mangoes.
- Not only that, it has been a source of inspiration for weavers, in their Silk and Cotton Saree designs, and also for artisans creating beautiful wood or metal work, carvings on the wall etc.
How to cut a Mango, source: You tube
To Sum Up:
- Mango is a wholesome fruit and young and old everyone is delighted to have a bite of it.
- You can make ice cream, smoothies, milk shakes, fruit bars etc. with it.
- Those who do not want to eat raw mango, they can cook it in sugar syrup, or in the form of jams, jellies or sweets. But do not miss to enjoy this exotic seasonal fruit.
- Some people however, are not able to tolerate this fruit. It is advisable, to soak the mangoes in normal water for about one hour, to cool it. Then it will be easier to digest, even for them.