Mango Salsa

Its the monsoon season and as the rain pours down and hits the ground, we are all waiting anxiously and listening keenly and then we hear it.. its music to our ears and time for action. My brother, cousins and I all race out into the pouring showers with buckets in our hand and into the farms strewn with trees blowing in the wind. My mom sees us and shouts at us.. "What are you kids up to? You are all going to fall sick! Come back into the house!" But her voice is drowned by the pouring rain.. and we continue to run helter skelter, keenly listening.. stomping the soggy earth, searching the leaves strewn ground and then we see it.. the glistening yellow, green on the ground and we race our hearts out, to be the first to pick the yellow, green object.. as we reach it, we seen many more around and hear more plomps and thuds!! Our eyes light up!


The race is on.. we start filling our buckets... after all the hard work, we lung our laden heavy buckets back home laying down our beautiful treasures.. lining them up and counting our collections for the day.. Counting done and winner declared its time to dive in and savour the fruits of our labour!! Literally the FRUITS of our labour! Time to enjoy the mangoes we had collected..


After separating the raw mangoes and wrapping these up in sacks and leaving them for ripening.. We pick the ripe, tender, juicy mangoes to gobble up.. Wash.. well if my mom or aunts aren't around, we'd just wipe them and then dive straight in with our teeth.. and tear it apart.. Enjoy the sweet, tangy flesh of the mango and suck into its juices.. Pure bliss!! Now I know what heaven feels like..

My grand mom's home.. family and the monsoons.. they sum up the Mango days of my life! 

Ingredients:
1 mango, chopped
1/2 cup mango juice
A few mint leaves, torn
A couple of sprigs of coriander, torn
3 to 4 rings of onion, slit to halves
2 cherry tomatoes, halved
Pinch of cumin powder
Pinch of amchur powder
Pinch of cardamom powder
Pinch of salt

Method:
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and serve is chilled topped with fresh mint leaves.

Notes:
  1. Amchur powder is dry mango powder. You will find these in Indian super markets. These give a sweet tangy flavor to the salsa.
  2. When we don't have fresh mint leaves, we swapped it with dried mint. 




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