Mango Madness!

Mangoes in May? Sounds good, but there is never really a bad time to have a good mango. And with so many varieties available at different times throughout the year, we don’t see their popularity waning any time soon. Try these wonderful mango recipes and rejoice in the delicious abundance of one of the world’s most beloved fruits.

Coconut Milk Sticky Rice With Mangoes (via Epicurious.com)

  • 3 cups sticky rice, soaked overnight in water or thin coconut milk and drained
  • 2 cups canned or fresh coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup palm sugar, or substitute brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ripe mangoes, or substitute sliced ripe peaches or papayas

OPTIONAL GARNISH

  • Mint or Asian basil sprigs

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Preparation

Steam the sticky rice until tender (see Editor’s Notes, below).

Meanwhile, place the coconut milk in a heavy pot and heat over medium heat until hot. Do not boil. Add the sugar and salt and stir to dissolve completely.

When the sticky rice is tender, turn it out into a bowl and pour 1 cup of the hot coconut milk over; reserve the rest. Stir to mix the liquid into the rice, then let stand for 20 minutes to an hour to allow the flavors to blend.

Meanwhile, peel the mangoes. The mango pit is flat and you want to slice the mango flesh off the pit as cleanly as possible. One at a time, lay the mangoes on a narrow side on a cutting board and slice lengthwise about 1/2 inch from the center — your knife should cut just along the flat side of the pit; if it strikes the pit, shift over a fraction of an inch more until you can slice downward. Repeat on the other side of the pit, giving you two hemispherical pieces of mango. (The cook gets to snack on the stray bits of mango still clinging to the pit.) Lay each mango half flat and slice thinly crosswise.

To serve individually, place an oval mound of sticky rice on each dessert plate and place a sliced half-mango decoratively beside it. Top with a sprig of mint or basil if you wish. Or, place the mango slices on a platter and pass it around, together with a serving bowl containing the rice, allowing guests to serve themselves. Stir the remaining sweetened coconut milk thoroughly, transfer to a small serving bowl or cruet, and pass it separately, with a spoon, so guests can spoon on extra as they wish.

Notes:
You can substitute black Thai sticky rice for half the white rice. Soak the two rices together; the white rice will turn a beautiful purple as it takes on color from the black rice. Cooking will take 10 minutes longer.

Unlike plain sticky rice, Coconut Milk Sticky Rice has enough moisture and oils in it that it keeps well for 24 hours, in a covered container in the refrigerator, without drying out. Rewarm it the next day by steaming or in a microwave.

Editor’s Note: · For steaming sticky rice, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid recommend using traditional Southeast Asian conical baskets, which are available at Thai, Lao, and Vietnamese grocery stores, and online from www.templeofthai.com. Drain rice and place in the conical steamer basket. Set the steamer basket over several inches of boiling water in a large pot or a wok. The rice must not be in or touching the boiling water. Cover and steam for 25 minutes, or until the rice is shiny and tender. Be careful that your pot doesn’t run dry during steaming; add more water if necessary, making sure to keep it from touching the rice.

Grilled Tilapia With Mango Salsa (via allrecipes.com)

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (6 ounce) tilapia fillets
  • 1 large ripe mango, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, parsley, garlic, basil, 1 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl and pour into a resealable plastic bag. Add the tilapia fillets, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  2. Prepare the mango salsa by combining the mango, red bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, and jalapeno pepper in a bowl. Add the lime juice and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and toss well. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil grate.
  4. Remove the tilapia from the marinade, and shake off excess. Discard the remaining marinade. Grill the fillets until the fish is no longer translucent in the center, and flakes easily with a fork, 3 to 4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the fillets. Serve the tilapia topped with mango salsa.
Footnotes
  • Editor’s Note
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 634 | Total Fat: 40.2g | Cholesterol: 62mg Powered by ESHA Nutrient Database

Mango Yogurt Parfaits

Mango Yogurt Parfaits

Ingredients:

  • 2 large, ripe mangos, peeled, pitted and cubed
  • 3 cups low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 6 tbs low fat granola

Instructions:

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Puree 1 mango and spoon equal amounts into 6 clear plastic cups. Top each with 1/4 cup yogurt. Spoon cubed mango over the top, saving a few pieces for garnish. Top with remaining 1/4 cup yogurt and reserved mango. (Recipe may be made ahead at this point. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.)

Top each serving with a tablespoon of granola just before serving.

Recipe provided courtesy of the National Mango Board

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