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Nigerian Desserts: Mangoes & Lime with Cardamom Yogurt

by on April 6, 2014

As much as I love lemons, they have nothing on limes. Even Meyers. I’m sorry. So sorry.

Nigerian dessert: Mango and Lime Dessert

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 Segnit

And 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.

Nigerian dessert: Mango and Lime Dessert

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.

Nigerian dessert: Mango and Lime Dessert

Welcome home, I say. Welcome home.

Mangoes & Lime with Cardamom Yogurt


Natural yogurt
Whole, fresh limes
Green cardamom pods


Step 1: Prepare the mangoes

Slice 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.

Nigerian dessert: Mango and Lime Dessert

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 yogurt

Put 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.

Nigerian dessert: Mango and Lime Dessert

Add this to your yogurt.

Nigerian dessert: Mango and Lime Dessert

Then some sugar and some mind-altering, fragrant lime juice. Taste and adjust accordingly.

Nigerian dessert: Mango and Lime Dessert

Step 3: Serve

Get out some pretty bowls to serve.

Ladle some yogurt in. Top with ‘limed’ mango chunks.

Nigerian dessert: Mango and Lime Dessert

Garnish with sliced, fresh mint leaves.

Nigerian dessert: Mango and Lime Dessert

Ready to serve, with a sesame crisp on the side….

Nigerian dessert: Mango and Lime Dessert

…to be crushed over the top.

Nigerian dessert: Mango and Lime Dessert

Nice. Easy. Delicious. You’ll have your guests demanding for more. And more. So make sure you whip up an extra batch.

Nigerian dessert: Mango and Lime Dessert


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  • April 17, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    This looks simply brilliant. The idea of a cardamom yogurt is making my mouth water.


  • April 11, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Lime and yogurt? now that I must try – I love the combinations here – I’m even tempted to call it a bold flavoured dessert. Cardamom and mangoes just makes everything more. 🙂


  • April 9, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    very ‘dolce vita’! and thanks for the video… eureka! (i totally didn’t know how to do that and I dont like to peel mangos so it’s perfect) except the video is missing the part where you eat the part of the mango around the pit over the sink :))))


  • April 8, 2014 at 4:49 AM

    Sounds A-MAZ-ING!!!! I’ve never put cardamon with sour taste together… (usually sweet) so I’m very curious how it results…!


  • April 7, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    Shut the front door! The Meyer lemon has been bumped by the lime (smile) . I am shaking my head in disbelief that these words have been squarely written on your blog (laugh). How ever will I tease you….I can’t grow a single lime where I live it would never survive.

    With my initial reaction put aside this looks divine. Simply delicious. Mangoes will be in season soon and I plan on stocking up.



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