celebration and one can find a toranam of mango leaves tied at the entrance door as they are said to propitiate the Gods. The juicy, mouthwatering, Rasalu look like cats whiskers at the end of sucking it and I remember eating ,at least six in a day, sometimes, I even tasted it in my dreams! I love all kinds of fruits but mangoes are my favourite, I guess that’s because we get to eat them only for two months in a year and we tend to miss something that is always out of reach. Like the banana, the mango is also said to be a comfort food, as it gives a feel good factor. They are rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants and comforting enzymes which give a feeling of contentment that is experienced after a mango eating ritual and builds up a craving for more. `An average sized mango contains lots of fiber to replenish the potassium I lose throughout a working day.’ Children love its yummy taste and like to eat it in different forms and if it is cut in different shapes they like it even better. Mangoes can be pureed and used in ice creams, pies, sorbets, desserts, shakes, salads, jams, marmalade, and pickles too. My summer days are incomplete without the energizing mango shakes and I am always ready for a second helping. Most homes in summer are like a busy bee hive, preparing to pickle the mangoes and preserve them for the whole year. Mouths drool at the sight of the Khobar Movuddukkai, unique in this part of the country and sold by cart vendors on the streets with chili powder and salt sprinkled on the thin slices adding to its tangy taste. A chilled glass of mango smoothie can just be what the doctor ordered to beat the heat. Here is an easy to make mango smoothie recipe…..
1 cup mango cubes or pulp
½ cup sugar
½ cup milk
Blend all the ingredients in a blender and serve in tall glasses with a few mango cubes.
Juice of a ripe mango
Or chopped mango pieces.
Sugar to taste
Blend the mangoes and sugar, add the water and ice and you’re fresh mango juice is ready.It is any day better than the bottled Mazaa or Frooti.
Drop a few mango wedges in the glass while serving!