June 24, 2009

A Touch of Mango Madness (contd.): Mango Salsa


For a long time, to me, salsa was a Latin dance that woke up the rhythm inside you and set the floor on fire with its mesmerizing foot work and moves. A couple of years back, I discovered that salsa was also something that could grace your table.
In fact, if you Google "what is salsa?" what you get is an umpteen number of links to everything dance.

Seems like salsa is to Mexican and Spanish cooking, what chutneys are to Indian food. The original salsa apparently started out as a condiment of tomatoes, chillies and ground squash seeds in Aztec kitchens. This was served alongside main dishes of meat and fish.




Salsa (the food kind, which is what features in this post) means "sauce" in Spanish and has come to refer to a relish or salad-like preparation made of mostly of chopped raw tomatoes and onions, chillies, lime juice and coriander (cilantro) leaves. This sounds remarkably like the kind of salad we make and serve in India.

There are versions of salsa which use blanched tomatoes or the salsa is cooked. Variations of the basic salsa are sometimes made substituting some other vegetable or fruit for tomatoes. All salsas have some amount of chillies in them.




I came upon this version of salsa while looking for something else. The word "mango" jumped out at me and is the main ingredient in this salsa.
There are very few ingredients in this dish. The flavouring is also minimal with just salt and lime juice, with a bit of fire from the chillies, and reinforces that "less is indeed more".

Try this mango salsa as we did, with chappathis, paneer butter (less) masala or a spicy curry and plain yogurt. Otherwise, serve it with stuffed parathas and plain yogurt or maybe just as it is!



Ingredients:


2 cups chopped mango (into small cubes)

1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper (capsicum)

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1 green chilli chopped

1 tbsp lime juice

1 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

salt to taste



Method:


I have found it is a good thing to ensure that the mangoes you're using here are sweet (of course!), firm and not fibrous.

Put all the ingredients into a bowl, toss together to mix and serve immediately.
You can also make this ahead. Put everything, except the salt and coriander, in a bowl and refrigerate till required. Just before serving, add the salt and chopped coriander, toss well and serve.

This recipe should serve about 3, and maybe a fourth person if the other three are willing to share!

This is my contribution to "The Best of June's Produce", which is this month's theme at The Heart of the Matter – Eating for Life





28 comments:

Parita said...

Looks yummy and colorful!

Ria said...

So colourful and a nice mango-ey twist to the usual salsa! :)

Curry Leaf said...

Love it Aparna.Nice and seasonal entry.Its sweet and sour salsa.

Happy cook said...

I can happily eat that whol bowl of salsa Aparna, looks colourfull and delicous.

Manggy said...

Looks delicious (and thanks for putting in the chili, of course :)-- would be great with a side of grilled chicken :)

Bergamot said...

The colour of mangoes and peppers give this salad a nice color and it's definitely delicious :-)

aquadaze said...

hey i really like this...something I will make very soon!!

Sharmila said...

Even I find it similar to what we have always had as salad ... chopped up raw veggies with a dash of this and that. Love the idea of chopped mangoes in it. :-)

Nithya Praveen said...

Looks wonderful Aparna...colorful and attractive!

Sunshinemom said...

The madness is getting addictive:). I will make this tomorrow!

Ben said...

In Mexico we have so many different kinds of salsas that I don't even know all of them. Yours look so amazing! I love anything mango and I am definitely making this one soon.

Cilantro said...

Looks simply great. would love to try them.

Superchef said...

mangoes and peppers is such a great combo!!

jayasri said...

wow, very colourful and yummy.., i do make salsa but i have not added mango to it..., i think it would be very delicious as sometimes i used to add raw mango to my bhel....

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Mango salsa is my all time favorite salsa. The colors are so brilliant; I love it!

Bharti said...

I've been meaning to try mango salsa since ever. I have few ripening at the moment..will make this soon.

Red Chillies said...

Looks pretty colorful and attractive.

Koekkener said...

This blog is great, yeah its a very delicious article. Thank you for sharing.

pigpigscorner said...

Looks so colourful and refreshing! I could have a bowl right now cause it's baking hot here!

Ashwini said...

Looks so refreshing and colorful and tempting.

Ilva said...

Aparna, it is a great entry, thank you!

Srivalli said...

wow lovely..and you won't believe I learnt from my mom that salsas are quite famous in calcutta and they make it very often...so amma ended up making it and thoroughly enjoyed it!..I have ever since thought of making it!

and why you haven't sent this to me??>.:(...:)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Love the colors :)
Very different salsa, I still can't get over it:P

Yasmeen said...

Vibrant salsa,I'd love it with some corn chips:)

♥peachkins♥ said...

You can't go wrong with mango salsa.Lots of colors and flavors and you can put it as a side dish to any meal..
Your salsa looks divine.

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks so colorful. Beautiful click as usual.

Murasaki Shikibu said...

Mangoes are lovely. Unfortunately the ones in Spain aren't quite as good as the ones I used to get in the Philippines. btw, do you by any chance have a nice recipe for Samosa filling? The wrappers are easy to make but I'm struggling with getting the filling right. :(

Aparna said...

I guess mangoes can make a lot of difference in many dishes, and this salsa is just perfect for mangoes.
Let the mago madness prevail. :)

My pleasure, Mark. ;)

Ben that's a compliment coming from someone who is from Salsa country. :)

Srivalli, didn't send it in as the other event, HoTM, requires an entry specially for that event. :(

Murasaki Shikibu,
While I don't have a samosa post on my blog (yet), here are a couple of posts where you can find fillings you can use in samosas.

http://mydiversekitchen.blogspot.com/2009/02/spicy-potato-and-pea-bolsos-filled.html

http://mydiversekitchen.blogspot.com/2009/05/apple-strudel-aka-apfelstrudel-and.html