Saturday, 16 April 2011

Salsa de mango

I am no expert when it comes to selecting the perfect mango or even knowing the difference between varieties. I eat any mango I get -raw or ripe- and savour it no matter what. I know that we don't get the gorgeous Indian ones here, but it doesn't seem to bother us and since I don't particularly crave for it, anything works....
..except this one time I was at the Chinese store and they had raw mangoes which I couldn't resist. I wanted to have mango chammanthi (chutney) and rice....yummm! Came back home with one green mango and was busy googling for easy recipes. Found one and when I cut into it, it was actually not that raw....and I realized it wouldn't be nice as a chutney. So what do I do, cut it up, take some salt, start dipping and eating like one mad woman who's been mango deprived. I even called up Ro while eating to say I was sorry he couldn't devour the raw mango and salt. His exact words were...'I hope you get sick after eating all that..' I laughed it off then, but after I ate the entire mango, boy did I feel sick..drinking water didn't help and the entire evening was spent with a horrid stomach ache and blaming Ro for jinxing me :O
I thought the mango mania for this season was over after that episode, but no. A couple of days later we'd invited some friends over for brunch and I decided to try out a mango salsa recipe my cousin Miri had posted on her blog long back. It turned out extremely nice, that I had to try it out again. So I got around to making it a couple of days back and even managed a few pics. It pairs well with meat dishes, filling for tacos or even better on its own as a salad kinda thing. I have adapted her recipe more or less, with a few tweaks here and there. Enjoy!
Mango- 1 large or about 2 cups, peeled and cut into cubes
Tomato- half of one large, cut into small pieces
English shallot- 1, thinly sliced
Coriander leaves- 2 tbsp, finely chopped
Celery- 1 tbsp, finely chopped (optional)
Green chilli- 1 small, finely chopped (de seeded if you cant handle the heat)
Lime juice- a few drops (I was pretty generous with this)
Salt- to taste
It cant get easier than this...mix all the ingredients together in a salad bowl. 
Add lime juice and salt as per requirement, toss again and place it in the refrigerator covered until you use it.
Toss again just before serving. 
You can choose to serve in individual glasses (if you want to go all fancy) or in the salad bowl itself.

Notes: A Thai option would be to add some fish sauce, grated ginger and basil and top with some chopped peanuts.
Sending this to Reva of Kaarasaaram who is hosting this months Healing foods: Mango event, brain child of Siri.

36 comments:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Colorful n yummy looking salad

Lisa H. said...

Love mangoes... Can never say no to mangoes...
Your photos are superb... ooh how I wish I can take shots like yours n thx for dropping by my blog... :)

kitchenmorph said...

i had to swing by here when i saw your post in my blogger window...fabulous...the pics and the short and sweet write up. and the recipe thus becomes secondary for me heeehe.
i have to point out tht i like your pics for being soft on the eyes and uncluttered...i love such pics tht cry out: hey i can speak for myself (without many props!)

exxcellent work and keep it up!

viva manga!!

Suman Singh said...

Wow,this look so fresh, healthy and delicious..lovely pics!

Nandini said...

The salad's very groovy and healthy...Lovely pictures:)

Asha said...

Never tasted Mango with those ingredients... Looks very healthy n tasty...specially for mango lovers like me...

Treat and Trick said...

Colorful and yummy combo!

miri goes phishing! said...

nish....u tried it again...:)...gorgeous clicks...;)

divya said...

lovely recipe...wanna taste now..

Yummy Team said...

Love anything with mangoes..Awesome shots, Nisha..

Priya said...

Salsa looks stunning,refreshing and yumm!

Suja Sugathan said...

Refreshing and beautiful..awesome clicks.

Swathi said...

Mango salsa looks delicious. I am a mango fan so i am in

Padhu said...

Irresistible! Fantastic pictures

Kairali sisters said...

Very bright and colorful pictures NIsha, salsa looks too good, wish i could grab a glass...

Plateful said...

Hmm, I see your love for mangoes and all that's yellow in this post, lovely! The pictures are so alluring, makes me want to try the recipe!

Mehjabeen Arif said...

looks so refreshing gal! nice pictures..

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Vimitha Anand said...

Tangy and yummy looking salsa... Always love the flavor of mango..

enteruchilokam said...

yummy mango salad nice presentation

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Very colorful and perfect looking pictures. Nice recipe... YUM!!!

Monet said...

I never ate mangos growing up, but took a huge liking to them in college. This salsa looks like a great new recipe to add to my list of mango favorites. Thank you for sharing another beautifully rendered post. You know how to get my week off to a great start. I hope your week bursts forth with flavor and love. Hugs from Austin!

Biny Anoop said...

wow very colourful salsa dear...perfect for this summer

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Mesmerizing pictures !! I'm speechless actually. Beautifully presented. Enjoyed reading your post :-)
Another Mango deprived girl :-)

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Sweet Artichoke said...

The mango salsa looks delicious, but what I really find stunning is your presentation in these cocktail glasses! it is awesome!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

I do cry about not getting the right kind of mangoes, more used to eating the certain varieties of it ..can't handle sour ones except the raw one with salt, my mouth did water reading u eating them, awee poor your stomach. next time u eat don't tell like me! Alluring pictures Nisha, macro shot is fab! and yellow is def color of the season with Easter popping up!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Love it, what beautiful and drool-worthy pics :)

Sarah Naveen said...

Classy pictures Gal..loved the presentation too..
I dont know to select mangoes too...but i have seen ladies taking it so carefully in Indian stores ;)..
I am bookmarking this..wanna try !!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Very tropical! I like my salsa a little less chunky though..that way I get a hefty scoop and no double-dipping.

aipi said...

So fresh- bright n delightful!
US Masala

Kankana said...

I always enjoy salsa and mangoes are my all time fav. This looks super delicious.. perfect for the weather :)

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said...

This looks very fresh and flavorful.I hardly get fresh& good mangoes.Would try this if I get a good variety anywhere.

Foodie Ann said...

Beautiful Pictures Nisha.... I am planning about what to make with the mangoes I have....

Jun said...

You took really beautiful pictures! I normally didn't put tomatoes in my mango salsa, I use red bell pepper instead. But the chili is a must! It is what make salsa, salsa. :)

Jessica said...

This truly is a special recipe. Never tasted something like this before. It is strange but so very tasty and good. Thanks for sharing with us this great recipe.

Gulmohar said...

I'm just like you, when it comes to mangoes. I could eat it in any form any time :D Salsa is great as well

FoodEpix said...

This looks delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at foodepix.com.