It was summer in Bangalore – the holiday season – the season of mangoes. As the day melted into the evening, the children set off on their cycles to the Association library. Within an hour, they were back home, talking nineteen to the dozen. And with good reason; as they were invited to take part in the children’s cultural program. Buoyed by their enthusiasm, I went along and was introduced to the graceful lady in charge. And in the coming months and years, our friendship blossomed. She is a true friend, a wonderful human being and an innovative cook.When I visited her, she offered me a sunny mango drink; I loved it and wanted to share with you. Naturally sour, sweetened with sugar and spiced to give it a unique flavor, it is truly a cooling formula for the adventurous. Try it
The most luscious of fruits, Mango, a gift of the tropics, has been grown in India for thousands of years… It is high in vitamin A and vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
GREEN MANGO DRINK
- Raw Mango or Slightly Ripe Mangoes – 3, medium
- Ginger – ½”
- Sugar – ½ cup
- Rock Salt or Salt – ½ tsp
- Cardamom or Elaichi -2 pods
- Peppercorns – 4
- Jeera – ½ tsp
- Cook mangoes in a steamer or pressure cooker. Peel,and take pulp in a bowl.
- Dry roast cardamoms, pepper and jeera and powder them.
- Blend pulp,powdered spices, ginger, sugar and salt together in a food processor. Chill.
- Just before serving, add more sugar if necessary and dilute with desired amount of cold water.Add crushed ice.
Quick Tip – When buying eggs, make sure that they are clean and unbroken. Cracked eggs can harbour salmonella.Again to test the freshness of eggs, place the egg gently in a bowl of water. If it sinks completely to the bottom, it is fresh. Older eggs will stand at an angle and still older eggs will stand on end. If the egg floats ,it is not edible and should not be used.
Quick Snack – To make scrambled eggs, take two eggs per person, mix with 2 tablespoons of milk or water to increase the volume. Season with salt, finely chopped onions and green chillies,or simply add salt and pepper. Melt 3 teaspoons of butter or oil in a heavy pan and add eggs. Stir so that it cooks evenly, and gently. Take off the heat when the eggs start to set. The hot pan will finish the cooking. Fast cooking toughens the white of an egg. Shred some cheese over it and you have a real treat waiting.
For a cholesterol-conscious person, make scrambled eggs with 2-3 egg whites.