Hello from my kitchen here in Thailand…There will be no Saturday morning trips to the market for a little while yet as the lockdown is still in place as is the curfew although an hour has been shaved off of that…
Up early this morning even though there was no trip to the market…I have a big box of mangoes which need to be used…My Thai family dropped mangoes and bananas off the other morning…The bananas are still green so not urgent at the moment…Six lovely big hands of bananas fresh from the banana tree…They are so caring and think of us ..bless them…I am trying to think of how I can repay them when all this is over…
My neighbours were happy to receive them although as they gave me mangoes the other day… their tree is in full fruit I knew they wouldn’t appreciate the gift of more mangoes…Their mangoes are the giant mangoes…some of which weigh a kilo…
Back to my mangoes… some have been used to make mango smoothies all round every morning…some I have made puree and it is now drying in the sun and will make lovely dried mango rolls…So easy to do just puree a mango or two, then spread it very thinly on a tray and let the sun do its thing when it has set and dried… cut and roll..Enjoy!
A lovely healthy little snack…
The mango jam is now made and boy was it hot in the kitchen this morning…But the jam is now in jars…The remainder of the mangoes…Yes, there are more…
But first the recipe for Mango Jam…
- 8 ripe mangoes
- 2 organic limes/lemons
- 2 kaffir lime leaves, torn (optional)
- 3 cups of raw sugar.
Peel and chop the mangoes I also added 3 of the mango pits as they were a little stringy to cut put in a heavy-based saucepan.
Wash and squeeze the lime juice into the pot and throw in the lime skin.
Add the sugar then slowly bring to a soft rolling simmer and simmer until the jam reaches 220 degrees…About 50/60 mins.
Remove the mango pits if used plus the limes plus lime leaves.
Mangoes have hardly any pectin which is one reason why I use lime or lemon is fine. It is more of a preserve than a very sticky jam but we prefer that anyway. The lime plus the Kaffir lime leaves add another dimension I think it cuts through the sweetness.
You could also add a green apple to the mango as they are high in pectin.
Mmmm we all agreed it was lovely on the homemade bread…This is the bread recipe I always make however I replaced a cup of the white flour with a cup of buckwheat flour.
The addition of the buckwheat flour gave the bread a better texture for sandwiches not quite as soft ….everyone commented that it was nicer and lovely toasted…I also added a little more salt the second time.
Mango curry is on the menu although as my son put it…there is no meat…No it is a mango curry…Heathen!…
- 3 semi-ripe mangoes…my mangoes are ripe so I picked the least ripe but they were fine.
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1/2.1 tsp Red chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
- 1/4 tsp Cumin powder
- 1 tbsp grated palm sugar…if you can’t get palm sugar normal sugar will do but use slightly less.
- Salt to taste
For the seasoning:
- 1 tbsp Oil(I used ghee)
- 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
- 1/2-1 tsp Cumin seeds
- a pinch of Fenugreek seeds ( I used fennel)
- 4-6 Curry leaves
- 2-3 cloves of Garlic, crushed or finely sliced
- 1-2 green chillies, slit and deseeded
- 1 medium-sized Onion, sliced thinly
Peel and cut up the mangoes some recipes recommend leaving on the skin and that’s fine I prefer not to…
To the mango add chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt. Mix well and let it marinate for 10 minutes.
Heat oil/ ghee in a pan on medium heat. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek (fennel)seeds to it and when it sputters, add the green chillies and curry leaves followed by garlic and sliced onions. Fry until the onions are soft and translucent.
Add the marinated mangoes and mix well. Then add about a cup of water and cook the mangoes with lid covered on a low heat for approx 5 minutes it will depend on the ripeness of your fruit so may take a few minutes longer.
Add the palm sugar and cook until it thickens about 5/10 mins.
Serve hot with bread or rice…
N.B I fried some curry leaves for the top as a garnish…I do love my curry leaves… if you like fruity curries you will love this…
Aston has put in an order for mangoes with coconut sticky rice and the remainder will be smoothies for the next few days…The kitchen is now shut though…I am mangoed out…
Next week the bananas will be ready and I am assuming more mangoes will also be ready…
That’s all for this week from me please stay safe and think of others we are all in this together…x
About Carol Taylor:
Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.
I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.
Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.
The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year
Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!
Please stay safe and well and follow your governments safety guidelines remember we are all in this together xxx