Ek to the guy in the advertisement, I dont know his name, is the same one from my favourite serial “Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi” …. has really really cute expressions… Also he shows the same zest for my favourite fruit !!!! He made me long for the mango so early and I ended up eating Mango two days within seeing this advertisement !!!!
I am a lover of Mangoes !!! I simply love almost all breeds…. with the Ratnagiri Aphoos (or alphonso as you might call it) being the favourite….
In the next few months the entire family will sit down on a feast of Mangoes… in lots and lots of forms…..
Already we have the ” Bafla ” a juice made from raw mangoes with jaggery, garnished with a lil salt and a few leaves of dry Pudina !! its fantastic coooler everytime you come home from the sun !!!!!
And already we have started bringing the smaller version of Ratnagiri Aphoooooos…. My son now wont eat a single meal without a mango … !!! We keep telling him you have to drink milk if you want to eat so many mangoes and he is energetically taking in all the milk…. Anything karenga for a Aaphoooooooooos !!!!!
I remember when we were young, Mom would give us mangoes and make us sit on the verandah in our baniyans and all three of us brothers would eat mangoes in the most traditional and the real style of eating mangoes by sucking it !!!!
I still at times do resort to that style of eating and honestly that is the best way to eat a ripe mango !!!!
The alphonso from Ratnagiri is not just a delicious fruit, its a glamourous fruit… it looks like a king, its size is awesome, it smells divine and tastes…ummmmmmmm heaven….. yes that expression in that Mazaaa advertisement is beautifully potrayed…. ” Aam Kaha hai Aam ? “
In India we have an unbelievable breed of Mangoes, amongst them is one breed that has never got its due. I must mention the Chausa variety of mango here, cosmetically it doesn’t look great and doesnt have a long shelf life unlike the Alphonso from Ratnagiri… otherwise I think it tastes even better than Alphonso… However the brand of Ratnagiri Alphonso has become world famous due to its look, fragrance and most importantly longer shelf life, which enables it to be transported far and wide…
However, lets not go in the economics of the Mango… this is about my love for the Mangoes…. I dream some day I will go to Malihabad, the mango capital of India and eat the Chausa and Dusshheri sitting in an Orchard under a mango tree …. !!!
On Sunday’s now Mom will make the “aamras” of ” Payeri ” or ” Langda ” two mangoes special for making the ” aamras “, with White dhokla’s (in gujarati its idla), Karele ki subzi (bitter gourd) ” Bepadi Rotli ” (a chapati that is with two layers, sorry cant explain any better, come home and i ll feed you so you will know what I mean.)
The aamras and Dhokla’s taste fantastic… and you can also add pieces of Alphonso to the Aamras… some people add salt too and ghee to it tooo… but I like it plain !!!!!
As the season wears on… Kesar from Saurashtra another breed that is marketed world wide will become the preferred mango !!!!!
In the nights its again time to have Vanila Ice Cream with pieces of Alphonso, try it, its the most divine combination…..
In Bharuch my hometown they even make Bhajiya’s of Alphonso !!! (this is the only one that I don’t like)
Mango Shakes will be made often….. in the afternoons instead of the tea !!!!
All in all the Mangoes…. will now rule the kitchen and our minds now… for the next 3 months !!!!! Sometimes the lunch will be two Aphooooos ….. geee the talking is make my mouth water like anything…. seriously there are few things that taste better than a ripe mango in this world !!!!