We South Indians, especially those from Tamil Nadu, are passionate coffee drinkers, especially filter coffee. In summer, when the mercury hovers a little above 40 °C a compromise may be struck serving very cold ice cream with the flavour of coffee. Of course there are those who would want their coffee and then their ice cream too :).
Coffee Ice Cream
When mangoes are in season we usually have a surplus that doesn’t keep for very long. We need to find ways to use them in various dishes. My mother used to prepare this salad for us because it didn’t require much cooking and we used to relish it with thayir saadham (curd rice).
Ripe Mango Salad
Banganapalli Mango is the reigning king amongst mangoes in South India. Though people express loyalty to other varieties such as Alphonso from North India or Malgova from Salem in Tamil Nadu, Banganapalli scores high in terms of size, smooth flesh, and delicate flavour. Banganapalli mango ice cream combines the two most sought after treats in summer – mango and ice cream.
Mango Ice Cream – No cooking required
Unfortunately Mother’s Day falls on May 8. In South India the dog days start in the first week of May. It is a challenge to use butter icing when you are experiencing a heat wave. The cake will have to be refrigerated every now and then otherwise the icing will begin to run. The butter icing mix will also have to be cooled frequently while icing the cake or else it will not retain its shape. With all these thermal challenges the cake was iced, photographed, then gobbled up by the whole family.
Chocolate Cake for Mother’s Day
If you have mango trees in your home, you are familiar with the pain of having a huge crop of mangoes in summer that you don’t know what to do with. There is a limit to how many mangoes you can distribute to family, friends, neighbours, or anyone who accidentally drops in. This mango jam comes to the rescue as it keeps for a long time, and goes with a wide variety of dishes.
Unripe Mango Jam