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Friday, May 14, 2010

Mango Memories - Mango with Yogurt Rice



Summer bounty, especially tropical fruits I see in local markets like mango and guava cause nostalgia. They seem to open a flood gate of memories associated with motherland and the two wonderful mothers in my life.
Like rest of the Indians, Andhraites go gaga over their share of mangoes. Our families are no exception to this, considering our mothers. In my life, I have never come across people who love, cherish and are passionate about mangoes more than my mother and mother in law.
During summer months, no day went by with out a mango dish in my MIL's kitchen and no day goes by with out eating a mango in my mother's kitchen. No, this is not an exaggeration. People who know these women would vouch me for that statement. 
Especially mango was such a favorite fruit of my MIL that it was the last thing she had before she died. She had pneumonia and was in the hospital last December. When M asked her whether she would like to have something, she scribbled orange juice on a piece of paper in her semi conscious state not knowing where the pen and paper were. Within seconds, she changed her mind and asked for mango juice and had a few sips.
My mother like most of the Indians believes in ayurveda style of balancing food ingredients combining heat generating and cold ones. Mangoes therefore were always served with yogurt rice. This combination is the one and only way we had at my mother's place. Mango is known for it's heat generating properties and yogurt is one of the best foods that cools your body. Combining together, one would end up with a balanced, simple, nourishing and satisfying bowl of food especially on a hot, summer day.

How to assemble:
Mix well some steamed hot rice with home made yogurt and a pinch of salt. Add peeled mango cubes to it and enjoy.

Our summer meals in India usually ended with curd / yogurt rice served with mangoes and I have fond memories attached to this and so, this is going to Shabitha's 'Celebrating Mom'.

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11 comments:

PranisKitchen said...

looks so colorful the yellow and white color ..really nice..
the yogurt rice with mango so simple and healthy one

Kiran said...

This is my favorite way to enjoy mangoes with yogurt rice.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Lovely looking combo Suma. I seriously never had this combo but, I love both the things, i mean curd rice and mango, so why not. Will surely try it one day :)

simply.food said...

The orange on the white rice looks so beautiful.

J said...

I love the shape of the bowl u have used.. looks delicious..

Priya said...

Omg, this combo makes me nostalgic, my most favourite dish..awesome clicks Suma..

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

That is a great write up..I have never tried this but my friends do it..Thanks for the entry Suma..

luckiest1 said...

Looks wonderful! I am addicted to mangos, especially the yellow ones (Ataulfo). I could eat one every day for the rest of my life, but they are hard to find at times.

Niloufer Riyaz said...

made me remond my childhood days, my favorite Suma

kitchen queen said...

lovely and tempting combo.

Srimathi said...

Cannot beat curd rice and mangoes. yum!