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Spicy Mango Salsa

As a kid growing up in Kuwait, I remember eating mangoes in abundance during the summer months. For the entire months of April-June, our king-sized fridge would have a whole shelf dedicated to this princely fruit. My Dad would buy them by the boxes at the beginning of each week, and we just could never get enough of them. I fondly remember my Mom using them is many recipes, including something very similar to this Mango Salsa.

Recipe for Spicy Mango Salsa taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

Unlike kids in India, we only had access to the Alphonso mango, a variety considered to be one of the best in sweetness and taste. So it came as a big surprise to me when I was introduced to the many other varieties of mango in the couple of years we stayed in India during the 1st Gulf War. I had no idea that this delicious fruit came in many different sizes, shapes, colour and most importantly, flavour. Mangoes in India are a treasured fruit and used extensively and creatively in both sweet and savoury ways. I have to admit that even after all these years, and after all the varieties I’ve tried and tested, the Alphonso still happens to be my favourite.


I couldn’t help myself a few weeks ago when I spotted them on my weekly grocery trip. Although the season was just beginning and they almost cost me a small fortune, I knew I HAD to have them. I picked a dozen of the most sweet-smelling and juicy-feeling ones that I could find and rushed home, eager to chill them for a couple of hours. For those not in the know, a sweet luscious mango is best enjoyed cold. Once our lunch was done, I pulled out three from my fridge, peeled and chopped them into slices and placed the platter in front of Hubby and Baby Dear. The plate was cleared in seconds! It was our way of realizing that summer was almost here.

A few days ago, I received an email from Naina, a long-time reader asking me for a recipe using mangoes. I knew instantly that this Mango Salsa was what I needed to share. It’s been our staple snack almost every evening since the last few days.

I first made this Mango Salsa on a whim last summer when we had friends coming over for a playdate and dinner.

I had asked Hubby Dear to have a taste of it, as is noted in his job description of in-house taste-tester, and he loved it. So much so, that we ended up eating the whole bowl and I had to put out regular jarred salsa instead with the chips when our friends arrived. Since then, this recipe is a sure shot every time I have mangoes in the fridge. We like it spicy, but if you don’t then simply leave out the jalapenos. It’s lip-smacking good either way!

SPICY MANGO SALSA

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com

Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe mangoes, finely chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and finely chopped
  • a handful of fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • a handful of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and let it sit for 15-20 minutes in the refrigerator to allow the flavours to blend. Serve chilled with a generous serving of tortilla chips.

If you like this recipe, then you will surely like my Corn Chaat.

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    smith anyika
    June 9, 2015

    5 stars
    Good recipe!

  • Reply
    sangeetha menon
    May 11, 2015

    5 stars
    Yummy…mango is the season and mangoes paired with spices is yummy.

  • Reply
    Rasakama
    April 25, 2015

    5 stars
    Oh my… this looks soooo delicious. I am definitely going to try this recipe really soon.

  • Reply
    Jennifer Tammy
    April 24, 2015

    5 stars
    YUM! My daughter is a mango AND spice lover — she’ll love this! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Wendy
    April 24, 2015

    5 stars
    The sweet cooling mango paired with spice is delicious. This salsa will be wonderful on its own or with anything I might grill this summer! Thanks.

  • Reply
    Ashley
    April 24, 2015

    5 stars
    MMmmm I love mango salsa! Such a great thing to make in the summertime. This is a perfect thing to make with the fresh herbs I planted this spring!

    And it’s so easy too…I find chopping fruits and veggies to be very therapeutic!

  • Reply
    Dedra Clutz
    April 24, 2015

    5 stars
    I love sweet and spicy!I need to work this into next weeks menu, probably with the fish tacos. Yummy!

  • Reply
    Emily
    April 24, 2015

    5 stars
    ooh. Tasty! I just love the name of your website! As I enjoy all my food spicy and hot! 🙂

  • Reply
    Shweta A
    April 22, 2015

    5 stars
    Mango salsa is like summer on a plate. Would love to have it like a salad or with some nachos 🙂
    Lovely colour and looks beautiful 🙂

  • Reply
    vicki @ Five Spot Green Living
    April 19, 2015

    5 stars
    Oh wow. Another amazing recipe my moroccan husband will absolutely LOVE! This would also go great with my veggie burgers.

  • Reply
    Courtney P
    April 19, 2015

    5 stars
    This looks absolutely delicious! I found your blog through the Learn to Blog FB page. Definitely pinning this and can’t wait to try it soon. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • Reply
    Laureen Fox
    April 17, 2015

    5 stars
    Oh I love mango salsa. I make it in the summer to serve with grilled swordfish. Your recipe with cucumber and mint sure sounds refreshing.

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    La Cuisine d'Helene
    April 17, 2015

    5 stars
    I make a lot of mango salsa because it goes with anything. I have now seen a Alphonso mango here. I just buy the mango that my store carry.

  • Reply
    Wendy
    April 17, 2015

    5 stars
    We love mangos and spicy salsa, so I know this recipe will be a hit! Fruity salsa in warm weather is especially refreshing. I love using fruity salsa on top of grilled chicken or tofu as well as with chips. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    April 17, 2015

    5 stars
    this salsa looks so fresh and delicious…I’m definitely going to make this…thanks for the recipe!

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