Sweet or savoury? Here are 10 food joints that are creating innovative food with mango
The king of all fruit–mangoes are for more than just being used in pretty desserts. These savoury mango dishes in these restaurants stand proof to the testimony
From ripe juicy Alphonso mangoes that mark the beginning of summer to the sweet Badami and Kesari variants that are available until the first week of June, the arrival of the king of fruits is a much-anticipated event. However, what is little known about this fruit is its versatility when it comes to cooking. While adding to sweet treats like cheesecakes and ice creams makes for an indisputable indulgence, mangoes can also be used to create lip-smacking savoury dishes.
Here are a few recommendations of places from where you can try some yourself:
Mango gazpacho by Poco Loco Tapas & Bar, Mumbai
At Poco Loco, the gazpacho is given an Indian twist with fresh mango paste and a sprinkle of peri-peri seasoning for that extra zing.'' It is a cold, fruity soup with the hint of celery, chillies and bell peppers, making it a refreshing option on a warm summer day,'' says Megha Datwani, founder of the restaurant.
To order; call on: 09324191366
DIY kit by Annamaya, New Delhi
The DIY meal kit by Annamaya should absolutely be on your radar. The kits include all the ingredients required for a three-course meal. The Asian menu comprises Thai green curry and sago pearls with mango and rose petals, green mango, avocado and tomato salad. There are even European and Indian options to choose from.
To order; call on: +91 11 49031352
Mango and avocado sushi by Pa Pa Ya, multiple outlets across India
Sushi fan? You can't miss the mango and avocado sushi at PaPaYa. While sushi with mango and avocado may not be something you see very often, it's worth trying if you're someone that likes to experiment with flavour.
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Mango curry bowl by Supper, Mumbai
If you're fans of Thai food, you're in for a treat. The seasonal mango curry bowl by Supper has flavours that are similar to red Thai curry, except there is the addition of puréed fresh mango, too. Combined with ingredients like coconut milk, vegetable stock, broccoli and bell peppers, this one's a seasonal delight. ''I wanted a summer-friendly dish and I kind of dislike mangoes but it is a versatile fruit. So, I decided to add it to a curry and it worked wonderfully,'' says Karishma Mehta, founder of Bowled by Kari, who created the dish as part of a special collaboration.
To order: call on; 9930977077
Seasonal mango burrata salad by Plate and Pint, Mumbai
The classic burrata salad is an all-time favourite. Add in a few slices of fresh mango and you have a refreshing summer salad. In the Plate and Pint's version, there's also crunchy arugula and a balsamic reduction.''Being a pastry chef, I'm a little biased towards mango in desserts, specifically. However, it can also be used in savoury dishes like salads, Indian chaats, curries and sticky rice," says Monaz Irani, founder and chef at the diner.
To order; call on: 07045361991
Raw and ripe mango prawn curry by Ishaara, Mumbai
Made with prawns, ripe mango, red chillies, coconut milk, curry leaves and mixed spices, this curry from Ishaara packs a solid punch. The sweetness of the mango complements the dull heat from the chillis to give you a gorgeous prawn curry. ''Ripe mango varieties vary across geographies and each has a distinct flavour and texture profile. We made this hybrid recipe with ripe mangoes and pineapple curry,'' says Prashant Isssar, creator and co-founder of Ishaara.
To order; call on: +91 8657531988
Asian summer salad by Mamagoto, Bengaluru
The Asian summer salad at Mamagoto is made with fresh rocket leaves, chopped mangoes and chilli and topped with their in house soya-balsamic dressing, which is sure to brighten up your day. Try it now.
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Mango thali by Khandani Rajdhani, Pune
The mango thali at Khandani Rajdhani can be called mouthwatering at the very least. With dishes that range from a mango kofta pulao and a Malabari mango kadhi to mango raita, this regional diner is a haven for savoury Indian mango dishes.
To order; call on: +912066890453 +919920805191
Pickled mango turmeric by Mahe, Goa
On the menu for the Indian summer are a bunch of mango specials. At Mahe in Goa, try the pickled mango turmeric which is made with green peppercorns, ripe mangoes, pickled turmeric and Bilimbi flowers.
To order; call on: 09765874858
Prawn and mango curry by Fort House, Kochi
A prawn mango curry is an oldie but a goodie. If you're down south, visit the Fort House restaurant in Kochi for this delectable seasonal prawn and mango curry.
To order; call on: +918068976317
Prawn and mango curry, Mahabelly, New Delhi
Made with chunks of mango and well-cooked prawns, the prawn and mango curry at Mahabelly has a mild but lingering taste. Pair the curry up with a Malabari paratha and you've got the perfect meal.
To order, call on: 09107906907
Mango and grilled tofu salad by Street Storyss, Bengaluru
Street Storyss in Bengaluru is known for its experimental take on global street food. The dish that has caught our eye here is the mango and grilled tofu salad. Made with seasonal juicy mangoes, carrots and tofu, this salad is sprinkled with pepper and paprika to add an extra kick of flavour.
To order; call on: 09810946339