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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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Everyday Life As An NRI

March 21, 2013

I have been living and working in the Big Apple, that’s New York city, for the past 15 years. But I must confess, I was a reluctant visitor when I first arrived here in the United States. The job situation in India back then was quite dismal; and having studied at some very sought after places and having worked as hard as I had; it seemed that getting a job at home in India, would just not be rewarding enough for all that I had done. Hence, I landed up in NYC.

So for all those who think NYC is some heaven; well, think again. Yes, it is no doubt one of the world’s greatest cities. And that it has given me a life I could have never dreamed of in India, well, the answer to that would also be a resounding yes. But like everywhere in the world, this seemingly perfect city has its fair share of problems. Its not always hunky dory here. From traffic jams that are the city’s Achilles’s heel to rents that are higher than the tall sky scrapers; its not always easy-breezy like Central Park. Most of us regular humans live way out of downtown Manhattan and tackle long commutes to even longer working days.

I suppose my point is this. Now, having grown older, and hopefully a bit wiser; I have started to view things a bit differently. I long for home, long for the dirty smells of India. To my mind, with the Indian job market having evolved leaps & bounds and with the world’s attention now on India; its a great time to get a great job back home. Then, why not weather some of the problems of our own cities instead of living so many thousands of miles away?

If I can be stuck in traffic in New York, I’d rather be stuck in traffic, in Mumbai! If I’m paying through my nose in NYC to live in Queens, I’d rather pay through my nose and live in Bandra. Again, my simple point, as an NRI, I now crave to return home. To be close to friends and family. To be, in my motherland. But hey, that’s just my personal opinion. Tonnes of my NRI friends aren’t as eager as I am to return, and they are entitled to their opinions. Its a subjective thing. But if I had it my way, I’d rather be home.

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