If there is one thing that we wait eagerly for in the summer, it is the ripe and juicy mangoes that we get to relish. Mangoes are a summer favorite and have a rich taste that no another fruit can match. Even people who are not fruit lovers often end up eating tonnes of mangoes in the summer. If you too dream of mangoes as summer inches closer, we have a list of ways you can use to eat mango in every meal. The fruit is available for only a quarter of the year and so, we do not feel guilty gorging on it every single day. Here are several ways you can include mango in your diet.

Tip: In order to douse the heat generated in mangoes, place them overnight in a vessel filled with water and consume them the next day. (ALSO SEE Mango special drinks in Mumbai restaurants)

Aam Panna

aam panna

aam panna

Before mangoes ripen and turn yellow, you can enjoy aam panna, a drink made from raw mangoes. This refreshing sweet and sour drink is a blast of flavors in the mouth and when served chilled, it makes for a refreshing cooler. Aam panna is also a great digestive as it has various spices in it that soothe the stomach. Drink aam panna for a few more days before all the mangoes become ripe and gold. The drink is usually made at home and stored in a bottle in the refrigerator. However, some juice brands do offer packaged aam panna as well that you can savor.

Mango lassi/smoothie

mango smoothie

mango smoothie

A mango drink that is yummy and healthy, mango lassi or a mango smoothie is a refreshing one to beat the summer heat. Both require mango pulp and curd. You can add a spoonful of sugar if you want it to be sweeter or sweeten it with honey as well. In a smoothie, you can add other fruits as well like a banana to make it more dense and drink it post your workout. But have these cold and you are bound to feel better in the hot sun. If you think the lassi is too thick for your liking, dilute it by adding a little water and stir it well. Use a blender to make these drinks so that the ingredients blend well with each other.  (ALSO SEE How to make mango raspberry smoothie at home)

Aamras

aamras

aamras

Do you drink it, do you sip it or is it a dip? Aamras is everything and more and is made in several Indian homes every summer. The thick drink which is often eaten along with puris is heavily relished every year. Some however, simply like to down it their throats in a cup while some use a spoon to enjoy it one sip at a time. Whatever way you like it, aamras is a must-have in summer. It is essentially a drink with a thick consistency and translates to mango juice. The sweet-tasting liquid is an instant mood lifter in the hot summer months.

Mango cocktails

mango cocktail

mango cocktail

If you relished mango juice is a kid, you can use it to make several cocktails for your next house party. Mango cocktails are a summer treat that are served chilled and are excellent for those pool parties or simple get-togethers over the weekend. Most mango cocktails use mango pulp, mango juice or mango slices. The goodness of mango combined with your favorite poison is a drink that is hard to resist. Here are two simple mango cocktail recipes you can try at home – mango chilli mojito and aam panna margarita.

Mango milkshake

mango milkshake

mango milkshake

One of our favorite mango concoctions is definitely mango milkshake. The fruit and milk blended together to make a yummy drink that we can savor anytime, any day. Mango milkshare is a thick shake that is refreshing as well as filling and can be had for breakfast or in the evening. You can add sugar for more sweetness. If you want to make it heavier, you can add cereal to it and voila, you have a filling breakfast meal. Use a spoon to relish it if you add muesli or cereal to mango milkshake.

Mango desserts

mango dessert

mango dessert

Mango is filled with sweetness and is perfect to use in desserts as it means you do not have to add more sugar to the dessert. From mango kulfi to mango ice creams, sorbets and cakes, there is so much you can savor. Most restaurants come up with mango special delicacies in the summer as these are seasonal favorites. If you want to try making one at home, we have the recipe of a raw mango jelly dessert for you. This dish easy to make at home and perfect for the summer as it is chilled.

Mango chutney

mango chutney

mango chutney

Another fun way to relish mango is by making a chutney of it. The sweet and sour dish has a tangy taste that leaves you with a sweet aftertaste. Mango chutney is made using mango pulp and slices along with spices, jaggery and condiments. The chutney is simply lip-smacking and can be eaten as a side with rice, chapati and gravy. Most women make it at home fresh but you can even find it in stores these days.

Mango pickle

mango pickle

mango pickle

And if you have mango blues after summer is over, you can find some consolation by eating mango pickle that is available all year round. The older the pickle, the better it tastes so people usually make it in abundance and use it for years. Mango pickle is often spiced with a chilli paste and other condiments are added to it apart from oil and salt. However, if you do want to eat mango pickle every day, make sure you eat only a teaspoon of it as more than that isn’t good for your body. Mango pickle is widely available in food stores. (ALSO SEE How to make gluten-free mango bread)

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