Summer is here and so are the mangoes. We are yet to get the ripe ones but once the tender ones are ready to grab, my kitchen is full of them in different avatars. Among lots of ways to eat green mango, our all time favorite is a chutney made with mint leaves and green mango.
The mint and green mango chutney is a staple in Assamese household. As the summer months bring the unbearable heat, our grandmas would make to cool the tummy. This is a recipe which is made since generations in our houses and served almost every day.
The mint and green mango chutney go best with plain rice and daal. You can also have some vegetables with it and the simple, healthy and light meal is ready. As you can make the chutney in batches, the effort here is least but the impact of the happy tummy goes many miles. This is a recipe which is not even mentioned in food discussions but still, it holds a high position in almost every cuisine.
As I was thinking to share my version of this mint and green mango chutney, the first thing that came to my mind was the memory. My ancestral home had 4 mango trees and when it was the season of mangoes, our courtyard would be full of it. We would start eating the green ones as soon as they are ready to munch. On holidays, after school, we would roam under the trees to get a mango. In those days, the perfect stone thrower was the hero or heroine of the season. We meager human beings would patiently wait for he/she to hit the mangoes with perfect aim and share it afterward. Those days were plainer, much simpler when we would be happy even with a single bite.There might have been quarrels over the mangoes but when today I thought of it, I could remember only the joy and friendship, not the mango bites.
During our school time, scorching heat and plain summer vegetables, a sight of this chutney were a welcome sight. Ma would make it fresh every day for lunch (not in batches like I do) so that we would finish the lunch after school without any complaints.
The mint and green mango chutney is also very beneficial for health. Let’s have a look on it.
Health Benefits of Mint and Green Mango Chutney
Health benefits of mint leaves
- Fight fatigue
- Clear skin
- Helps in breastfeeding
- Improves oral health
- Good for a cough and cold
Here are the health benefits of green mango
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Clears the Skin
- Improves Eye sight
- Improves Digestion
- Helps Fight Heat Stroke
How to Make an Amazing Mint and Green Mango Chutney
- Mint leaves, as required.
- Green mango slices, as per the measure of mint leaves.
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 green chilies
- Wash the ingredients and drain the water.
- Grind them together till you get desired smoothness.
- Add salt according to taste and serve.