Its finally that time of the year. The petis have arrived. Petis of mangoes that is. What were you thinking? 😉
This Sunday when the petis arrived, and the hay was all separated, we stared at the beauties in some Zen like state. The heady aroma of lusciousness filled the whole house, with the neighbours peeking in to ask whether our seasonal ration had arrived! The aroma test was conducted with precision that has set in after years of mango gluttony. 5 were picked and offered to the Gods. No mango is ever eaten in our household without this ritual and once done, there is no stopping us.
The menu of the first meal that is cooked once the mangoes arrive is a unanimous decision – Aamras, puris, bhinda nu shaak and magh ni chutti dal. No questions asked. Period.
While the husband whips up the aamras, I get cracking on the bhindi, the magh and the puris of course. Yes, the responsibilities are clear in this household.
For the aamras, the husband usually blends all the mangoes together in a blender. A generous dash of green cardamom powder is added to the mix. My father makes his aamras by blending the mangoes together by hand with some chilled milk and a dash of ghee. Both taste heavenly. In the end, you can always make your aamras, just the way you like it.
The sabzi is a quick stir fry with some jeera ,green chillies and a few slices of garlic and a dash of hing all set to crackle and the bhindi is then thrown in. Once the bhindi is crisp, the turmeric, coriander powder and red chilli powder goes in next. The salt is added right at the end to avoid the bhindi from becoming all sticky.
Now the magh ni chutti dal is a special Gujarati recipe and is always had as an accompaniment with the aamras. Always. While the other dishes are pretty self explanatory, I thought I would elaborate on this particular one. Its different and deliciously healthy and goes brilliantly with the aamras and the puris. Here is our family recipe.
And lunch was served – Chilled Aamras, Bhinda nu shaak, Magh ni Chutti Dal and perfectly puffed puris.
What a feast!