9 Mango Recipes for a Juicy Twist

9 Mango Recipes for a Juicy Twist

Just how versatile is this tropical fruit? Find out in this mouthwatering list of desserts and dishes made with the mighty mango

Can you name your favorite mango variety? Don’t sweat it if you can’t think of any – there are actually over 280 types of mangoes in India alone! From the honey-sweet and sour Altaufo that turns a deep golden when it’s ripe, to the traffic light red-yellow-green fatter Haden variety that has a touch of bitterness, have some fun with this famous tropical fruit in your kitchen!

1. Sweet & Spicy Thai Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang)

When you’re craving something savory to crunch on while roaming the bustling food streets of Bangkok, Thai Mango Salad often comes to mind. Meant as an appetizer or light meal, this refreshingly spicy dish is made from freshly grated young mangoes, which sit in a pool of zesty umami sauce. Thai level of spice is tongue-numbing – so reduce the chilies if you don’t want to set your mouth on fire!

2. Mango Sago Pomelo

The beauty of Asian desserts are that they don’t take up much space in your stomach compared to hearty cakes, allowing you to always squeeze in a sweet ending to your meal, no matter how full you are (some people swear they’ve a secondary dessert compartment though). This classic Mango Sago Pomelo has just the right amount of sweetness, tartness and creaminess to make it a delightful treat to have every week without it being overwhelming. 

3. Magenta Sticky Rice with Sweet Coconut and Mango

Magenta leaves or Lá Cẩm as it’s called in Vietnam imparts this gorgeous fuchsia-violet hues to your rice or dessert, allowing you to brighten up your food presentation immediately. This Magenta Sticky Rice with Sweet Coconut and Mango is a sweet and savory dish that makes for a colorful treat or even meal anytime of the day. Luscious coconut milk adds a silky texture to the vibrant purple glutinous rice and crushed peanuts, toasted sesame seeds and shaved coconut make for a crunchy topping that pairs so well with the soft, sticky rice and succulent mangoes.

4. Shrimp and Mango Spring Rolls

Fancy a quick and easy party snack that’s packed with vitamins and protein? In this sunny twist to the classic Vietnamese recipe, juicy shrimps and mangoes combine with creamy mayonnaise to provide a light, sweet, taste-of-the-sea filling to your rolls. Deep frying these Shrimp and Mango Spring Rolls adds another layer of addictive crunch we all love. As you pass this tasty snack around the dinner table, what better way to enjoy them but to dip them in some sweet chili sauce?

5. Samantha's Mango Panna Cotta

Good ole’ Panna Cotta is a decadent enough reward in itself, but Samantha's Mango Panna Cotta adds a whole new dimension to this traditional Italian dessert. This dish literally translates to “cooked cream”, and there’s no denying the luscious texture of this pudding from Piedmont region. Mangoes add a pretty yellow tinge to the cream and creates such a refreshing aftertaste with each mouthful. 

6. Curried Sausage Rolls with Spicy Mango Chutney

If you are looking for a way to use those really ripe mangoes sitting in your fruit basket, how about throwing them into your chutney mix? Mangoes caramelize so well when cooked in a spiced sauce, and this method extends the life of your mango by almost a year if stored properly. This tropical fruit lends its burst of sweetness to the aromatic gravy, making it perfect for dipping some flaky curried sausage rolls in. Whether you have it as a tea time snack or as finger-food during a family gathering, these Curried Sausage Rolls with Spicy Mango Chutney are bound to win over your loved ones hearts and stomachs.

7. Mango Tapioca Pudding

Love bubble tea and wish there was a dessert made with the same chewy pearls? Mango Tapioca Pudding might be the recipe you are looking for as an excuse to enjoy tapioca pearls again and again. Served hot or cold (depending on your preference), this creamy pudding is ideal for those who just love the springy and sticky textures of these round little gems. Mint adds a nice zesty finish and balances out the richness of this dessert. 

8. Lamb Kofta with Spicy Yoghurt Sauce

Mango may not be the superstar of this Lamb Kofta with Spicy Yoghurt Sauce, but it plays an important sidekick role in bringing together the spiced sauce, reigning in the sourness of the lemon in it. Kofta has its roots in the Indian, Middle Eastern, Balkan and Central Asian cuisines, and usually refers to meatball or meatloaf made with ground or minced meat. In this dish, the earthy taste of lamb pairs really well with the tangy lemon-mango sauce, which takes some of the heaviness of the red meat, while lending spice and a touch of sweetness to this aromatic dish. 

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9. Mango Sticky Rice

In this day and age, Mango Sticky Rice can be found across the globe, especially in the Indochina region of Southeast Asia, where it originated from. Many of us are really fond of this sticky dessert, relishing the super luscious coconut milk-soaked glutinous rice that combines with the burst of juicy mangoes to create a heavenly sensation on the palette. It’s super easy to recreate this well-loved sweet in your kitchens – after all, as the name suggests, only a handful of ingredients are needed!

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