Eating fresh is what we need today, so thought of making this simple salsa.
Salsa as everybody know, is a Mexican way of preparing fruits/veggies.
Below is a simple salsa I always prepare whenever fresh corn and mango is in season.
You can also call it desi fruit chaat if you wish to,I guess fruit chaat and salsa is more or less same ,it's just that one is from Mexico and other is from India.At least I dont see any difference ,do let me know if there is any.
I like to add few pomegranate seeds to this salsa, as it gives a nice tangy flavour.
here is delicious mango (Magnifera indica belonging to family Anacardiaceae),do you know in Costa Rica,people call fully riped mango as Manga.
and then of course there are so many varieties of mango that is available here, hapoos/alphonso,langa,dussehri,Himsagari ,Chaunsa and so on ...my personal fav is dussehri which is quite native to north-India (specially the UP,Bihar belt),it has a perfect blend of taste and smell.
I dont need to tell you the health benefits it has ,you all know it well right.With loads of essential components and sweet taste ,mango is of course "King Of Fruits".
and then of course there is corn ,another nature's gift to us. Corn or maize (Zea mays belonging to poaceae family) .We all know about the use of corn so and who could resist fresh hot corn on the cob.
Corn tortillas,corn flakes ,pop corn , corn meal and so on…so many use and in various form.It has great significance in native American Culture also.Here is sweet corn
1 cup of sweet yellow corn, taken out fresh from 1 ear of corn
1cup of chopped mango pieces
½ cup of pomegranate seeds
1 tsp of black salt/sendha namak in Hindi /beet noon in Bengali
½ tsp of honey
½ tsp of lemon (optional)
Take out corn kernel from the cob.
Boil the corn for 5-6 mints or pressure cook them for 1-2 mints at high.
Alternately you may roast it over stovetop on gas or may even grill it.
Personally I prefer to take out the fresh corns and boil it for few mintues ,the colour changes to bright golden yellow.
Chop mango into bite pieces and mix it with corn, pomegranate, black salt, honey and lemon.
Enjoy the freshness of these natures’s gift.
If we won’t save our trees, nature and environment, probably we won’t be able to relish these small pleasures of life.So think and act before it is too late.
You may add in any cooking oil also,just ½ tsp and toss it well.
If you don’t get black salt/rock salt, you may add in normal salt and chat masala,But then it will be more of a fruit chaat.
Avocado is another good fruit that goes into this salsa, it adds to the flavour.
And also you may add in red pepper powder for a spicy blend.
Onions are too strong for this salsa, so I have avoided it and also it would be doing little injustice to the sweetness of mango and corn if we add onions to it.right
A quick mango smoothie from fresh mango.
1 mango, peeled, chopped
2 glass of chilled whole milk
4-5 tbs of sugar or as per taste
1-2 scoop of mango ice-cream for garnishing
Blend well in mixer mango,sugar and milk.
Serve with ice-cream on top.Enjoy
This is my own contribution to the event of Save the Earth” . More detail is here
Save The Earth .
Happy Cooking Friends