Recipe Thursdays: Thai Mango Salad with Peanut Dressing

With summer almost in full swing, mangoes are taking over the stands in fruit shops, grocery stores and supermarkets. Delicious when eaten just by itself, mangoes also make for a very versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of savoury dishes, from fish curry to salads. Salads are a great way to keep the body cool during the sweltering summer. Here’s a simple, mango salad in a delicious Thai peanut dressing that you can experiment with this mango season makes a great appetizer and even better main.

Thai Mango Salad

Ingredients For the Mango Salad:

1 small-sized head of lettuce. You can replace the lettuce with any leafy greens of your choice.

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into long strips.

3 ripe mangoes (you can use any kind), diced into small cubes

½ cup sliced onions

¼ cup cilantro

1/3 cup roasted peanuts

Pickled jalapenos as per your spice tolerance

For the peanut dressing

¼ peanut butter, the creamy kind

¼ lime juice or juice from 2-3 medium-sized lemons

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon sesame oil

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 pinch of red chilly flakes (if you like your food spicy)

Peanut dressing

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients for the mango salad in a large salad bowl and mix thoroughly.

Mix the ingredients for the dressing in a mixing bowl and whisk until its mixed thoroughly.

Drizzle a generous amount of the peanut dressing over the mixed the salad and toss it gently to mix. Voila, delicious Thai mango-peanut salad is ready for consumption!

You can add some grilled prawns or fish to give this salad your own twist. Happy cooking!

6 Body Cooling Foods to Beat the Heat This Summer

Summer can leave us dehydrated and feel deprived of energy. With the mercury levels soaring higher each day, it is important that we find ways to overcome the impact summer has on our bodies. Keeping your body heat in check can help prevent ailments such as stomach ulcers, rashes and boils on the skin, heat cramps, acidity and heartburn and excessive perspiration, among others. Incorporating body cooling foods in daily meal plans will not only balance our diets but also helps keep the body cool. Listed below are some cooling foods that can be included in our diet to fight the effects the sweltering weather has on our bodies:

Watermelon

Body cooling foods

Watermelon, a seasonal summer fruit, is 91.5% water. It’s a great way of fulfilling your body’s water requirement. The fruit also packs plenty of anti-oxidants. Make some freshly squeezed juice, fruit salads and chaats or just enjoy it by itself to keep your body well hydrated.

Coconut water

Coconut water

There is no better summer drink than coconut water. Available in abundance, this not-so-expensive drink is loaded with electrolytes, essential vitamins and minerals and other nutrients. Drinking coconut water regularly helps fight the hot weather and its negative impacts our bodies. Recent studies have also established that coconut water has cancer-fighting properties. Even more reasons to drink coconut water this summer!

Cucumber

cucumber

Rich in fibre, eating cucumber during the summer can work wonders in keeping any constipation troubles at bay. Use this water-rich vegetable in your salads or just eat them as a snack to stay as cool as a cucumber.

Curd/Yoghurt

Curd

Apart from being delicious, curd/yoghurt is a great coolant and has probiotic properties. It is a very versatile ingredient in the kitchen that can be used to prepare an array of dishes, both sweet and savoury. You can use curd to make spiced buttermilk, raita or sweet lassi. You can also add seasonal fruits to it and make a lip-smacking smoothie.

Mint

Mint

Mint is a cheap, easily available herb that you can find in most vegetable stores and markets. Adding mint in water, chai or curd is great for overall health. You can also use this herb to prepare mint chutneys and dips which make a great accompaniment to snacks. Including mint in your diet is a great way to stay cool and refreshed.

Onions

Onions

Who would have thought onions have cooling properties, right? Red onions especially are loaded with quercertin, a natural anti-allergen. Ranging from mild to pungent, the taste of raw onions may not appeal to everyone. You can chop them up and mix it with other vegetables to make salads. Yet another way to eat onions is to add it to your curries and raita. Adding onions to your food also helps protect you from sun strokes.

Apart from what’s mentioned above, you can also include loads of fruits and vegetables, especially the green leafy kind, in your diet to stay cool and healthy. What are your favourite foods to eat during summer? Let us know in the comments below.