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Hooray the mangoes have arrived

May 15, 2011

Grilled mango and margarita cream

“even these mosquito bites will look like juicy, juicy mangoes”

One of my favourite lines from the film Bend it like Beckham (uttered by the dressmaker and directed at flat chested Jess who is being measured for a bridesmaid dress).

It’s juicy, juicy Alphonso mango season in India and Pakistan (both nationalities will tell you theirs are the best) and they are available in our Dubai shops either individually or in crates for 10 dirhams a kilo or less (that’s less than £2 /3 US$).  Having bowlfuls of this exotic fruit in my house makes me think I’m in a Paul Gauguin painting (not topless I hasten to add).

Gauguin and mangoes

These mangoes look like a Gauguin painting to me

Choosing a good mango is easy.  Look for a firm, smooth, unbruised skin where the colour is more gold than green.  Cup the mango gently in your hands and inhale.  The honeyed, exotic scent will make you want to keep smelling it, but resist and get down to the business of eating.  You can wait until they go completely orange but I like a little bit of tanginess in the taste to offset the nectar-like sweetness.

Now you could make a mango trifle or pavlova, a fruit salad with blueberries or even a mango smoothie – but my  favourite way is to cut off the cheeks, criss cross the flesh, turn each half inside out, squeeze on some fresh lime juice and eat with a teaspoon.  Less a recipe more a way of life.  Really sorry if it isn’t mango season where you live (but believe me I envy you asparagus eaters).


Cut, carve, flip, douse in lime and eat (remember to wipe your chin)

Not wanting to gild the lily too much I offer you this simple pud – again more of an idea than a recipe.

Grilled mango with margarita cream (oh yes – this recipe again because it’s so divine)

1, Cut the cheeks off the mango with a sharp knife following closely to each side of the stone.  You can take the peel off the stone portion and nibble the sweet flesh – a cook’s perk.  You will have to floss afterwards but it’ll be worth it.  You know that saying the nearer the bone the sweeter the meat?  Well this applies to mango flesh and stones too.

2. Brush the surface of the mango with a little lime juice.  Heat a griddle pan until very hot and place the mango piece, flesh-side down, onto the pan.  Leave for about 3 minutes until the flesh in warm and slightly caramalised in the places the bars of the griddle touched it.

3. Place on a plate with a dollop of magarita cream with a little more lime juice added than normal (taste to check the flavour).

There are loads more ideas for produce in season now collected by my new favourite foodie Ren on Fabulicious Food.  What’s seasonal in your part of the world right now and what do you look forward to coming available most?

Grilled mango and margarita cream

  1. May 15, 2011 7:49 am

    Hey Sally- where did you find such beauties and at that price too?! I bought some for a mango cake a few weeks ago and they were awful- tasteless! 😦

    • May 15, 2011 7:52 am

      Choitrams but I’m going down to Union Co-op for a crate. Alphonsos have only just hit the shelves. Hooray.

    • May 15, 2011 7:53 am

      Mango cake sounds very interesting.

  2. May 15, 2011 8:45 am

    I got my Alphonso’s at Lulu’s Al Ghusais. They’re cheap and so delicious! I had a mango-Greek yoghurt smoothie for breakfast today!

    • May 15, 2011 9:26 am

      Grace – Good idea – might sneak in a Barsha Lulu’s visit today. Sid miss the sound of your laugh so glad to receive a virtual one!

  3. May 15, 2011 8:54 am

    Hahahha that line was the first thing I thought of when I read your post title! What a unique recipe!

  4. May 15, 2011 9:30 am

    Just bought a kilo at Sharjah Market yesterday. I have to try enjoying the mangoes the way you do

  5. May 15, 2011 4:12 pm

    Be it an idea of a recipe, its brilliant.
    🙂 Mandy

  6. May 15, 2011 4:21 pm

    Oh, lucky, lucky. Alphonso mangoes are simply THE BEST. That IS the best line.

  7. May 16, 2011 12:01 am

    Your photos are awesome Sally. The mangoes do indeed look very lush and tasty and I’d love to try that Margarita cream. Link up to my Simple and in Season? – its not UK only – its lovely to know what’s in season in other parts of the world! x

  8. May 16, 2011 7:13 am

    that line! hahahahah…my sister was just quoting it over our batch of mangoes the other day! Love your style of writing in this blog, really made me smile to see all those fun parts of mango eating – the criss-crossing, the wiping your chin, holding and just inhaling – so beautifully captured!

  9. May 16, 2011 10:54 am

    Oh yummy!

  10. May 21, 2011 10:57 am

    Oh yum. So- make you a deal… I’ll keep eating asparagus for you, if you consume insane quantities of mango in my stead …please? One of my absolute favorite fruits, and not so easy to get good ones here in CO, as you can imagine.

  11. May 21, 2011 11:03 am

    Sally that is a feast – grilled mangoes accompanied with limes! Heaven and simplicity on a plate!

  12. May 21, 2011 10:36 pm

    Aren’t they LOVELY … just finished off my nightly quota of mangoes ! who needs ice-creams or any other processed desserts when we have this 😀

  13. May 23, 2011 7:56 am

    I never thought to grill them – and I’ve never heard the sides referred to as ‘cheeks’. I love that! XOL

  14. May 31, 2011 4:11 pm

    I really want one of them mango’s!! I bet once they come off the grill, they are so juicy and with that flavouring of lime – mmmmmm.

    And the sound of that cream – heavenly!

  15. May 31, 2011 8:04 pm

    Wonderful. I love mango and am also doing a mango post for Ren’s simple and in season challenge this evening!!


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