Posts Tagged ‘food’

NRI’s: Don’t miss out on mangoes this summer!

May 31, 2013

Visiting India in Summers? The much awaited mango season is here. From farmers markets to shopping malls and grocery stores- oh wait, even the artificial bottled ones on TV commercials are making rampant efforts to make you savor some of those juicy mangoes, and why not when they are so delicious and bring back memories straight out of your nostalgic labyrinth.

Green ones cut into tiny squares and spiced up with mustard sauce or ripe yellow ones with cream and vanilla ice-cream- the possibilities of finding tasty pleasures are endless. But what about it being a “warm-fruit”? Well, mangoes do generate considerable amount of heat but not if you follow this simple trick: before you have a mango, cut its end and soak it in water for an hour or two which takes off the heat from it while keeping all the nutrients in it like vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium, antioxidants, beta-carotene and minerals intact.

So, go pick up some mangoes while on-tour and try out our simple and healthy recipes with the king of fruits this summer that’ll get you totally hooked to mangoes and of course, the way we enjoy mangoes.

Must Have Mango Lassi

Ingredients

1 mango chopped

1 cup plain yogurt

4-8 tsp sugar (depends on the sourness of the yogurt or the mango)

½ tbsp almonds ground

Method

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend. Thin it with water as required. Lassi’s consistency is that of a smoothie and hence take care of that! Chill and serve over crushed ice.

Tryout The Thai Mango Salad

Ingredients

2 raw mangoes

¼ cup sliced red bell pepper

¼ cup roasted peanuts coarsely ground

1 tbsp finely sliced onions

1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro

1 tsp finely chopped mint leaves

1 tsp finely chopped green chili or to taste

Dressing

1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp vinegar

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp lime juice

1 – 2 tbsp brown sugar

Salt to taste

Method

Mix all the ingredients for the salad.

Blend the ingredients for the dressing.

Add to the salad, and toss well.

Adjust seasoning to taste, serve chilled.

Mango Cream and Fruit

Ingredients

1 can alphanso mango pulp (available in Indian grocery stores)

1 quart vanilla ice-cream

¼ tsp cardamom powder

Sugar to taste

1 can fruit cocktail chunks

Method

Mix all the ingredients, except the fruit cocktail chunks. Add the fruit cocktail chunks, chill and serve cold.

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Street Food

February 21, 2013

It all began as a source of cheap food for poor people, but the rich taste of street food has taken the world by storm. Every country, every city is known for its special street food. This food has evolved over the years due to various influences, be it changing ingredients, immigrants etc.
In India one has always grown up with ‘Chaat’. You may call it ‘Golguppa’ in Delhi, ‘Paanipuri’ in Mumbai or ‘Puchka’ in Kolkatta; but the sweet, tangy, spicy and crunchy treat is a classic. Delhi remains most famous for its ‘Chaat’, Mumbai will always be the ‘Pao bhaji’ capital of the world. What is most fascinating is that the same ingredients come together to create such unique experiences all through the country. So while Mumbai might serve up an amazing ‘Bhelpuri’, Bengal’s seemingly similar ‘Jhaal muri’ is a treat for the senses. Of course, with growing global influences you can now find ‘Chinese chaat’, ‘Lebanese shwarmas’ and American ‘hot dogs’ available on Indian city streets today.
The street food culture in the USA is perhaps the only one that can be compared to the street food in India. It all began in New York, where the hustle and bustle of the city lent itself well to quick tasty food. The result was hot dogs on the go. From there its grown to a multimillion dollar industry that includes immigrant food traditions like the Middle Eastern ‘Falaffel rolls’, Italian pizzas, Mexican burritos and Greek gyros! Of course, in the US a new street food phenomena is brewing, that of gourmet street food. So it won’t be odd to see trucks parked on the street selling fancy french crepes and frog’s legs and Peruvian stir fry’s!
Street food in the UK is a more recent phenomena. There wasn’t much else besides fish and chips and bar food that Britain could claim by way to pedestrian fare; but all that is about to change. A big influence comes from our very own India. All sorts of curries and tikkas find favor amongst the British population. Its the same immigrant culture that has influenced America, which is taking the UK streets by storm. So today you will find everything from Southern Pulled pork sandwiches to Korean comfort food on a Londoner’s platter!
So wherever in the world you may be, street foods seems to offer up the world on a plate!

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