Season’s Ingredients

21 May

Isn’t it the most wonderful feeling when you can combine fresh ingredients? More matter what spice of masala you put, you can be assured the dish is going to taste good because of the sheer fact that the ingredients are fresh.

And what about seasonal flavours? When I was a kid, you’d get litchis only in certain months and water melons in certain months, but now, everything is available at any time. Except mangoes. I just looooove mangoes. It’s awesome how ‘Paayri’ tastes different from ‘Badaam’ which tastes different from Alphonso.  Nothing beats fresh mango fruit.

Here’s a simple mango dish. I like to call it the ‘Minimalist Mango Yogurt’ dish 🙂 because it looks so cool

What you need:

1 litre cow’s milk

2 tablespoons un-sweetened curd/yogurt

a bowl of sugar

2 ripe mangoes

Part I

Boil a litre of cow’s milk and leave it to cool

Remove the fat (malai) from the top

Put aside 4 tablespoons of milk and heat up the rest (but not too much!)

Add 2 large table spoons of  existing curd/ yogurt in the heated and mix it gently

Add 4 teaspoons of sugar to it and mix

Pour this mixture into 4 glass bowls (they have to be glass bowls, I’ll tell you why later)

Leave the bowls in a warm place for about 4-5 hours till the curd sets (This should be really easy if you live in a warm and humid place like Mumbai)

Once the curd is set, put the bowls in the freezer for about 1 hour

Part II

Take 2 ripe mangoes of your choice and take out all the pulp in a bowl

If you find that the pulp isn’t as sweet as you expected, then add 2 tea-spoons of sugar in it

With a blender, beat the pulp into a smooth yummy thick fluid

Add 4 tablespoons of milk to the mango pulp to make it creamier and blend

Part III

Take the bowls out of the freezer and slowly pour a thin layer of mango pulp on top of the curd

Make sure that the layer of mango is no more than half a centimeter thick

Put the bowls back in the freezer for another 1-2 hours

Part IV

What are you waiting for?! Just eat it! Doesn’t it look so beautiful? The bright yellow against the  pristine white? And you can only see it because you used glass bowls!

Beautiful and yummy! Eat up.

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2 Responses to “Season’s Ingredients”

  1. sneha May 21, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    If I dint hate yogurt from the bottom of my heart, I would say the dish sounds mouth-watering!

    • seasonsingredients May 21, 2010 at 11:55 am #

      hehe. there’s lots more you can do with mango. I’ll give you another recipe. 🙂

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