Thursday, May 31, 2012

Desi Chatpata Mango Salsa

Aeonian blogging for months and then a sudden breach that kept me on a lazy halt for around 2 months....gosh, this was so awkward and undesirable!! Once you lose the pace for going, you naturally go dumb and otiose, and so was I during the past couple of days. The beginning was great, being at mom's place and hogging on those yummilicious desi plates full of love and spice, but then came a phase of indolence in which my cooking and baking got lost somewhere..... but now I feel rejuvenated in travelling back to those glorious days of culinary practice again. To begin with, I could not think any better than jumping on the king of fruits, which also happens to be the star ingredient of this month's 'Cooking Made Easy Series' of mine: Mango

Of all the recipes I received so far for this event, I found 'Mango Salsa' the most tempting and easiest and thought of replicating it with a few changes to make it typically khatta meetha and Indian, so here comes the Desi Chatpata Mango Salsa.


Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

1. Ripe Mango: 1 
2. Onion: 1
3. Tomato: 1
4. Salt: 1 tsp or as per taste
5. Olive Oil: 1 tbs
6. Honey: 1 tbs
7. Lemon Juice: 1 tsp
8. Chat Masala: 1 tsp
9. Black Pepper Powder: 1/2 tsp

  1. Peel off the mango and cube it in small pieces.
  2. Chop the tomato and onion finely. 
  3. Transfer them to a bowl and add olive oil, honey, salt, lemon juice and chat masala to it. 
  4. Give a flip and serve immediately with chips, papad, biryani or anything you wish.

    1. You can use any variety of mango here, but I prefer the tangy yet sweet ones, like the 'Raspuri' or 'Kesar Aam'.
    2. You could also add bell pepper and jalapeno, though I found it good even without them. 
    3. Addition of honey is a choice. You could skip this if you don't like honey or don't wish the salsa to be sweet.
    4. Red Chilli Powder can be added for an extra kick.
    5. Always add salt and spices just before serving, else the salsa will start giving up juices and will turn slightly watery.
    6. Dried herbs like mint, parsley, basil or oregano can be sprinkled for that over-the-top flavor and aroma. 
    7. This can even be served in tarts or small canepes.  

    Monday, May 14, 2012

    Guest post for CWK Series: Instant Raw Mango Pickle

    In this life full of hustle n bustle, hurries and worries, sometimes you come across pearls that shine and leave their radiating reflection in your eyes never to be forgotten. One fine day when I was playing with my daughter, rhyming with her on the tunes of 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star', and I received a buzz from this young, talented girl on my chat. I only knew her as a blogger by then and that day I saw the other side of her, the brilliant girl who's going for her C.A., all destined and aimed towards her goals, and still the passion for cooking reigning her mind. I was bewildered to know that she learnt cooking at the age of 9; gosh, I didn't know how to make tea at that age!! She is a girl full of life, vivacious and charming, talented and determined, and I wish she stays like that forever. We all love you, Kavi, and your blog 'Edible Entertainment' rocks!!

    This girl has been hosting a number of events, and now with this new event of hers, called 'Cooking With Kin', she's inviting her fellow blogger and non-blogger friends to guest post on her blog; what an honour!! I'm literally delighted to be a part of that team and I feel great in writing this post for her. 
    This recipe is a favorite in my family because it's very simple, very quick and goes well with just anything and everything. I always used to see my mom and grand-mom making pickles/ achaar during summers and saving them for the whole year, but I never did that. For me, life has always been a run from here to there, flipping countries like pages and going on and on. With this fast pace of life, this recipe is what I cherish as a gift. This one is very close to my heart and hence I feel elated in posting this for someone who's also a sweetheart. 
    Please click here for the recipe and do check her fabulous blog for those utter tempting recipes. :)
    Linking this recipe to my ongoing event: Cooking Made Easy With Mango

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    May Event: Cooking Made Easy with Mango

    When you are at your mom's place, the world turns into a paradise, rather like a dream world of Cindrella. I feel, and moreover, I am treated no less than a princess when I'm in this 'City of Lakes'. I get all that I want, from Paav Bhaji to Ras Malai, from Pani Puri to Falooda, from trendy outfits to brilliant footwears, and from love to all that adorable attention. Well, keeping this aside, let me announce the surprise ingredient for this month's 'Cooking Made Easy Series'. I'm already very late in announcing this since I was busy hogging on mom cooked food and some family get together. (What a stupid excuse, no!! :P))

    This month's surprise ingredient is:
    The King of Fruits: Mango

    The rules to participate can be found here.

    You can make smoothies, shakes, pickles, salads, juices, squash, desserts, ice-creams, kulfis, kebabs, amrakhand, just anything that pings your heart and brain.


    1. Mango Milk Shake
    2. Raw Mango Thokku (pickle)
    3. Mango milkshake and dessert
    4. Mango Lassi
    5. Mango Avocado Salsa
    6. Eggless Mango Cake
    7. Eggless Mango Icecream
    8. Fruit Salad in Mango Sauce
    9. Instant Raw Mango Pickle
    10. Tango With Mango
    11. mango lassi
    12. Mango Paratha
    13. Mango Pasta Salad
    14. Mango Shrikhand
    15. Mango Vermicelli
    17. Mango wheat Halwa
    18. Mango Shrikhand
    19. Kacche Aam ki Chutney
    20. Cream O Mango
    21. Mango Panna Cotta
    22. Mango raita
    23. Mango Papaya Jam
    24. Fresh Mango Pickle
    25. Mambazha Pulissery
    26. Mango Bread Laddoos
    27. And I fell in love with Avocado & Mango Salad
    28. Mango Icecandy /Popsicles
    29. Mango and vermicelli halwa
    30. Raw Mango Chutney
    31. Mango Nungu Milk
    32. Mango Milkshake
    33. Mango Mint Mocktail
    34. Chatpata Mango Salsa
    35. Mango Lychee Delight
    36. Irresistible Mango Kheer

    This linky list is now closed.