This year’s summer was really excruciating, the blazing sun made it almost unbearable at times. I would sound crazy if I tell you that I miss summer, but now that we are into monsoon, the only thing I miss about summer is the heavenly mango. Well, I had my last share of the delicious fruit a few weeks back when a family friend dropped in and gifted us about 2 kilos from his backyard tree. In Kolkata, almost everyone has a relative or friend who has a mango tree, ‘barir gach er aam’ as they say here. So I was really thankful to this person after receiving so many of those at the end of the season. A mango is tasty enough to be eaten as it is, but I thought of making a delicious salad with very few ingredients. I really love Asian salads as they require so little ingredients and yet are so yum. So here is the delicious yet very simple recipe of my Asian Style Mango Salad.
- 2 ripe mangoes
- 1 and half tbsps. of white sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp. of fish sauce
- 1 tbsp. of sesame oil
- 2 tbsps. of chopped fresh mint leaves
- 2 tsps. Of finely chopped green chillies
- Juice of one lime
Heat a frying pan and heat the sesame seeds in the dry pan until lightly toasted. Make sure not to burn the sesame seeds.
Peel and chop the mangoes into 1 inch cubes and put them in a large bowl.
Now in a small bowl, add the fish sauce, sesame oil, mint leaves, chillies and the lime juice and mix well.
Add the dressing to the mangoes and mix gently until everything is well combined. The shape of the mangoes should be intact, so mixing gently is important. Add the toasted sesame seeds and mix again.
Pour in a serving bowl, garnish with a mint twig and serve.
The best thing about this salad is that it’s super light. It’s a bit sweet, tangy and the green chillies give it a nice touch of heat. Also the sesame seeds add in a crunch with every bite. Hope you like it, and don’t forget to leave a comment.