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Mango fiesta

india Updated: Apr 25, 2010 15:38 IST
Sharin Bhatti
Sharin Bhatti
Hindustan Times
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The best thing about summers is the fact that mangoes are the ‘it fruit’ of the season. And because they are in such demand during this time, that most regions have specialised recipes for not just desserts, but also for main courses. It’s amazing how we can obsess over the fruit in its small seasonal longevity.

So begin the long ensuing summer mango festivals that are ensuing in all major desi-fared restaurants throughout the city. Rajdhani, the authentic Rajasthani gourmet eatery is adding a whole new mango menu as part of their ongoing mango festival on till the end of May. In addition to their gloriously wholesome thali are additions, which include aam ras, aam panna, mango lassi and mango milkshake in their drink menu.

The main dishes that have made to the special mango festival thali include mango shrikhan, mango savviyan, mango chutney, Chunda (sweet mango pickle) and a signature special Rajdhani recipe called Aam Launji. Specially prepared by their in house chef, Neti Singh Maharaj, this exotic Jodhpuri dish is a traditional summer vegetable preparation that is essentially made of raw mango, jaggery and various spices.

Rajdhani, made it its endeavour to serve something interesting in their thali of mango – that wasn’t available anywhere else. Enjoy the fare and pay a desi thali a visit.

Mango sabzi spread

While the Mango festival at Rajdhani invites you with its exotic Aam Launji, we give you a host of other must-try recipes.

Mangai Vepampoo Pachadi
Popular in South India, this fairly easy dish to make is a must for April, when the mangoes are still raw.

Ingredients:
1 raw mango n 3 sliced green chillies n 1/2 tsp crushed jaggery n 1/2 tsp mustard seeds n 1 tsp vepampoo n 1 tsp oil n 4-5 curry leaves n coriander leaves n salt to taste

Method:
Chop the mango into big cubes. Boil the mango cubes with green chillies and salt for seven to eight minutes until cooked. Add the jaggery, stir well and heat for a couple of minutes. Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds and vepampoo, sauté until it splutters. Add the sauteed ingredients to the mango mixture and mix well. Garnish with curry leaves and coriander leaves.

Dhaniya Mangodi
Another popular Rajasthani dish, this is made with some gravy and is best enjoyed with rice.

Ingredients:
Mangodi - 200 gms n Cumin seeds - 1/2 spoon n Asafoetida - 1/4 spoon n Tumeric Powder - 1/4 spoon n Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 spoon n Coriander Powder - 1/2 spoon n Salt to Taste n Chopped Coriander leaves n Oil for frying

Method
Fry the mangodi in oil till it becomes golden brown. Mix tumeric, chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and water to make a paste. Heat oil in a kadai, temper cumin and add asafoetida. Add the spices paste, and cook till the masala leaves oil. Add the mangodi to the gravy and cook for 15 mins with required water. Add coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.