Come summer and it is mango time! The awesome aroma and incomparable flavour of mangoes makes it a favourite with all, young and old. It is in fact one of the main reasons why the smile stays on people’s faces in the hot summer, despite the sweltering heat.
In almost every household, the aroma of mangoes envelopes the kitchen as baskets of the fruit sit regally in varying stages of ripeness. And at every stage, it finds a use too, whether a panna made with raw mangoes, a pacchadi made with jaggery and semi-ripe mangoes, or the varied delicacies that can be made with fully ripe, sweet ones.
There are many varieties of the fruit, and each lends itself best to different purposes. While some taste heavenly to eat just plain, others can be made into refreshing and sumptuous smoothies, juices, sundaes, ice-creams, colourful and flavourful salad dressings, and much more. Bakers can transform simple cakes and pastries into gourmet delicacies using mango as a sauce or a garnish. A simple combination of sweetened fresh cream with chunks of mangoes makes a mouth-watering mango cream. By blending mango with any other fruits, ice-cream or curds, and if required a dash of sugar, you can make a thick and satiating smoothie for breakfast. Basically, the versatile King of Fruits has the power to get along with umpteen other ingredients, to be prepared into irresistible delicacies.