Lovely! Luscious! Incredible! Mangoes

by pateluday

This eternal summer fruit has names, but call it using whichever, it is one of the most luscious fruit that has taken the World by storm. The best mangoes come from India ..

Yes, the best mangoes or Aam (Hindi) come from India with over 1000 varieties grown all over. This is a summer fruit unlike apple and ripens in the heat to compliment the Indian summer. Mangoes are grown in many countries including China and Mexico, but the taste and texture varies drastically. The fruit with a peel is consumed directly after cutting into cubes or slices or as juice extracted by plain squeezing. If you see a countenance smothered with orange yellow pulp, the fruit is not hard to guess.

All mangoes are not the same, and the one's meant as juicy delights are not meant to be sliced. While most of these fruits are consumed after they have ripened, some are eaten raw or pickled for extended seasons. They are sliced for salads, and or shredded for kachumber which is a spicy and tangy side dish like a pickle, very popular in India.

Ripe or raw, this heavenly fruit will open up the Pandora's box, if you are interested in Indian cuisine. Be it lunch or dinner mangoes are a must as juice or slices, and yes in the ubiquitous North Indian Lassi. The fruit is very much part of meals as accompaniment or desert.

Mango Lassi

Fruit Savory
Mango Lassi
Mango Lassi
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Versatile Mango More to it!

Mango in Indian Cuisine

Mango DrinkTruly versatile consumed in many ways in wide variety of Indian recipes, mangoes are eternal with an immense fan following or addicts not only in India but across the globe. Like the tiger, the fruit represents the country, an epitome of regional delights packaged with wellness. The wonderful mouth watering taste and subtle aroma creates an ambience of deep satisfaction in your mind. 

A mango desert be it a pudding, lassi or plain slices or an ice cream flavored with the heavenly fruit is a perfect end to a fantastic meal. The kachumber and pickles are much desired as taste enhancers with their tangy and citrusy flavor and often hot character. They are part of everyday meals including breakfast. You can spread jam flavored with mangoes or lick the jam straight from the bottle - the yummy thing. 

Fruit shakes, beverages, milk shakes, candy, cakes and the pastry all have embraced the magical fruit with love. You can shred raw mango add sugar, chilly flakes and some cloves to get Gujerati chunda, an all time accompaniment with flat bread but more popular in the breakfast menu. 

Make a vegetable curry using raw mangoes for lunch and dinner. There are varieties of this fruit to be eaten straight as raw, sprinkle salt and pepper  or chilly flakes and relish. 

Find your own way to include this lusciously rich fruit in meals, snacks and deserts - there is no limit.       


This is literarily mango peel soup. After extracting the pulp the peel is brought to a boil, made like a soup by addition of salt and spices and strained. You can add curd as well if you like. This is an oxidant rich thin soup with lots of minerals and vitamins for healthy life. 

Aam Pana 

This is a mango cooler tangy, sour and sweet with hint of spices. Very healthy and good to fight dehydration and Vitamin deficiency. It is most popular as welcome drink all over India.    

Mango Drinks

A number of cold drinks and pure juice are available throughout the year in bottles and cans globally. Those wishing for the taste of mango can purchase them online or walk to the nearest store. 

Photo Mango

Mango Fruits
Mango Fruits
Raw Mango Curry

Raw Mango Curry

Indian Mango Cuisine

Prep time 20 min  -  Total time 40 min
Ingredients for 3 servings
Raw mango 300 gm  • Cumin Splatter  • Cumin Powder 1 Teaspoon  • Red Chilly Sprinkle  • Sugar 2 Teaspoon  • Garam Masala 1 Teaspoon  • Turmeric Sprinkle  • Vegetable Oil 3 Teaspoon  • Salt to taste

Mango Curry

Heat oil and splatter cumin seeds
Add raw mango cubes
Add water and boil to cook mangoes soft
Add the spices
Add sugar and salt

Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (1 Votes)


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Aam Pana


Prep time 20 min  -  Total time 30 min
Ingredients for 3 servings
Raw Mango 100 gm  • Sugar 2 Teaspoon  • Black Salt 1 Teaspoon  • Cumin Powder 1 Teaspoon  • Chilly (Optional)  • Mango Powder Sprinkle  • Ice Cubes  • Mint Garnish

Mango Sherbat Recipe

Boil or Roast Mangoes
Extract Pulp and Cool
Sieve the Pulp Off For Pana
Add the liquid and ingredients in a Jar
Add Water 3 Glassful
Add Ice
Stir Well

*For concentrate add very little water and store in fridge.

Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (1 Votes)


Mango Desert
Mango Desert

Mango Names

Regional Varieties

Fruit Salad MangoMangifera Indica (Hindi = Aam)

Mango is cultivated in orchards and private gardens all over India. A product of wilderness the small over hanging green fruits in the jungle shaped much like the cultivated variety are the originators of this popular forms. 

Most of the wild mangoes grow amidst a cluster of tree species and are overlooked. But a near cousin known as desi or local is widespread popular in rural confines and some gardens. These mangos are consumed locally as raw in chutneys and often as ripe. They are classic example of seasonal addition to Indian culinary practices. And each locality cooks them in their own ways. They also enter the local markets and are sold for consumption.    

Some of the popular verities are: 

  • Alphonso (Exported Globally) 
  • Chausa
  • Dasheri
  • Neelam
  • Ratnagiri
  • Tota Pari
  • Langra
  • Safeda
  • Kesar
  • Badami
  • Hapus

These are the varieties that have found National fame, and are seasonally exported. But there is no limit to personal preference and uncountable number of varieties are popular regionally in India. Most of the varieties are grown specifically in a region and transported from there as per local or regional demand. 

Video Mango Pudding

Updated: 05/31/2021, pateluday
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pateluday 10 days ago

Great for You! They do gel with other fruits.

pateluday 10 days ago

Black or Himalayan Salt is much different from regular salt and is healthy. Use only the salt mentioned please.

blackspanielgallery 10 days ago

I have gotten mango as one of several components of a fruit tray. It does well when mixed with other fruits, making it possible to consume them in random order.

DerdriuMarriner 10 days ago

pateluday, Thank you for all the practical information, pretty pictures and product lines.
In particular, I appreciate both the recipes. They're now among my recipes for this summer.
Does it matter whether black or white salt is used in fajeeta?

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