Mango, the 'king of fruits', not only forms an integral part of a meal, being cut into slices for after-dinner eating but are also being used, almost in every second household, in varied forms. Mangoes of all hues and varieties now have far more 'brand value' for foodies as they are now being used in a bevy of dishes in Uttar Pradesh.
Abhishek Verma, an outlet manager at a prominent food chain, said that customers now want to venture beyond the shakes and the smoothies. Harshad Gupta, the owner of Madhurima Sweets, a prominent shop that has come up with new offerings like 'mango passion' and 'mango kulfi', said, "Small kids and even older customers often ask if we have something new on mangoes on our menu and for this reason, our chefs have evolved various new items. Every year we value add to our recipes in summer."
The 'mango passion' is a three-tier dessert which comes in layers of a mango, a white and a dark chocolate layer. Priced at Rs. 1,100 per kg, the mango passion comes as a refreshing surprise with the chocolate and alphonso mango mix. Then there is mango pista kulfi which is another coolant that titillates the taste buds. Cooked with calorie-rich kesar milk, mango, khoya, rice flour and badam, it is served in an earthen pot at Rs. 60 a unit.
Ram Asrey, another famous and very old sweet shop on Nawal Kishore Road, serves some mouthwatering 'mango kheer', a concoction of shredded sweet mangoes, milk and khoya. Mango khatti-mithi kadhi, mango truffle, mango souffle, mango shahi tukda and mango cakes are some other mango dishes that are adding variety to the mango mania this summer!