As much as I love lemons, they have nothing on limes. Even Meyers. I’m sorry. So sorry. Limes transport me to a place. Sharp. Vibrant. Fragrant. All at once. Yes, harsh but with the feeling and willingness to be tempered. I think one of the most sacred combinations of fruit and citrus lies in Mangoes and lime. Zest. Juice. Et al.
‘Fresh lime squeezed on ripe mango is one of the worlds greatest food pairings. They’re both pugnacious flavours, although lime’s slightly harsh, medicinal qualities are offset by the floral notes it shares with mango’; The Flavour Thesaurus, Niki SegnitAnd as it is still mango season, and we’re discovering new ways to enjoy it….this recipe is the happy medium for breakfast. And dessert. And in-betweens. Its simply diced mangoes, tossed in lemon zest and juice, served with spiced natural yogurt. Yogurt made holy with freshly ground cardamom seeds, some sugar, lime zest and lime juice. And then, all finished with some sliced mint leaves and crumbled sesame cookies. Daughter #1 came back for more. And more. And more. I have birthed mango lovers in this home who want to gnaw on the stone, eat a spicy salad and ladle up spoonfuls with yogurt. Welcome home, I say. Welcome home.
Mangoes & Lime with Cardamom Yogurt
IngredientsNatural yogurtMangoesWhole, fresh limesGreen cardamom pods
Step 1: Prepare the mangoesSlice 2 cheeks off each mango. Then cut each cheek across and down, being careful not to cut through the flesh, till you form a grid. To get the chunks off that grid, hold start cutting from the centre out to one side, then out of the centre to the other side. This is much easier than trying to slice the chunks off from either edge to the centre. Place in a bowl. Zest one or more limes with a microplane, over the mango chunks. Cut one lime in half, and squeeze the juice over the zest and mango chunks, gently tossing to combine. In my case, one lime was perfect for mango chunks from 2 mangoes (4 cheeks)
Step 2: Spice your yogurtPut you yogurt into a bowl. I used 500ml of natural yogurt. Crush the seeds of 6 – 8 green cardamom pods, about 1/2 a teaspoon. Add this to your yogurt.
Then some sugar and some mind-altering, fragrant lime juice. Taste and adjust accordingly.