Food special: Offbeat recipes for mango lovers
This season, ditch the regular Aamras-Puri and Mango ice cream and instead, relish char-grilled prawns with a mango twist or the Japanese Crispy Mango Maki. As city restaurants start dishing out the king of fruits in different avatars, we round up some unusual choices to savour this summer
Bhap Ki Murghi, made with spiced chicken and mango tubes, is a chef’s creation for the mango menu at Made In Punjab
Ras Malai Tres Leches, Fresh Fruit Cream (Mango), Cookie Dough Essence
Opt for Ras Malai with a twist at Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra. This sandwich dessert is prepared using fresh fruit cream made with the fruit of the season and mango is the flavour of this month.
At: Ground floor, First International Financial Centre, G Block, Bandra-Kurla Complex.
Cost: Rs 450 plus taxes
Kanom Waan Mamuang
If you’re in the mood to try something other than the regular Thai dessert Mango Sticky Rice Pudding, opt for Kanom Waan Mamuang at Eat Thai. It is lemongrass-flavoured mango and sago pudding containing white tapioca pearls, mango pulp, condensed milk and a pinch of salt. The dish is available on request, on one-day pre-order basis.
At: 8/9, Gasper Enclave, Junction Of St John’s and Pali Road, Pali Naka, Bandra (W).
Cost: Rs 250 plus taxes
Crispy Mango Specialty Maki
Mango may not be a native to Japanese cuisine but you can relish this seasonal fruit in your sushi, thanks to chef Ting’s creation at Yuuka. The Maki (roll) is prepared using fresh tuna, thinly sliced Thai mangoes, litchi sorbet and crispy tempura flakes.
At: 37th floor, Palladium Hotel, Lower Parel.
Cost: Rs 1,750 plus taxes
Murgh Aamee Kebab
Mango Balehannu Rasayan and more
Enjoy some traditional dishes with a twist at Peninsula Grand Hotel’s mango festival. These include Ambi Jheenga (char-grilled coastal prawns flavoured with raw mango), Murgh Aamee Kebab (tandoor roasted chicken drumsticks in a raw mango marinade), Ambavani (a Konkan-inspired drink made using chilled raw mango and buttermilk) as well as Mango Balehannu Rasayan (Mangalorean-style ripe banana with mango, coconut milk and jaggery), among others.
Mango Balehannu Rasayan. Pic/Romita Chakraborty
At: Carafe - The Coffee Shop, Peninsula Grand Hotel, Saki Naka, Andheri (E).
Cost: Rs 750 (Ambi Jheenga), Rs 450 (Murgh Aamee Kebab), Rs 250 (Mango Balehannu Rasayan)
Wish to try raw mango in a South Indian avatar? Order Maanga Kozhambu or Raw Mango Curry at Konkan Café. This traditional Kerala curry made using raw mangoes, tamarind pulp and grated coconut with an addition of Indian spices tastes best with Appams and Neer Dosas.
At: Vivanta by Taj - President, GD Somani Road, Cuffe Parade.
Cost: Rs 800
Bhap Ki Murghi
Adding a twist to the mango and chicken fare is this dish (pic on pg 25) concocted by the chef of Made In Punjab as part of the mango menu. It comprises bhap (steamed in English) and spiced chicken and mango tubes with crushed peanuts, chutney mayo, onions, tomatoes and other greens. You can also try other creations like the Aam Bhalla, mango-inspired version of the Dahi Bhalla and Aam ‘barrel’ Salad with paneer pakoda and mango cheese.
Available: From today (12 noon to 4 pm; 7 pm to 11.30 pm) AT Level 2, Inorbit Mall, Mindspace Link Road, Malad (W).
Cost: Rs 250 plus taxes
The aam effect
Amba Dal. Pic/Datta Kumbhar
Enjoy the traditional Maharashtrian Amba Dal prepared using channa dal (split chickpeas) and raw mangoes tempered with cumin, mustard seeds and green chillies.
At: Aaswad, opposite Shiv Sena Bhavan, Dadar (W).
Cost: Rs 58
Mango Kheer and Raw Mango Bhajiya. Pic/Romita Chakraborty
Relish Mango Kheer along with some tangy and spicy Raw Mango Bhajiya.
At: Tosa, Eastern Court, junction of Tejpal Road and Parleshwar Road, Vile Parle (E).
Cost: Rs 185 (Raw Mango Bhajiya) and Rs 220 (Mango Kheer)
Inspired from the flavours of Rajasthan and Gujarat, Khandani Rajdhani’s mango festival menu includes Fajeto (mango-flavoured kadhi that tastes best with steamed rice), Aam Ki Launji (a sweet-and-sour vegetable pickle), Kairi Samosa, Mango Pulao, etc.
Till: June 15.
At: Ghatkopar, Kurla and Viviana Mall (Thane) outlets.
Cost: Per thali Rs 430 (Ghatkopar and Kurla), Rs 399 (Viviana Mall)