Sitting at work, staring at the computer, and noticing the rising temperatures outside, one may feel dismal. Winter is slowly beating retreat to usher in the blistering heat - but the childhood days of long summer holidays are over. Our only comfort? Our beloved mangoes.
Sometimes sweet, sometimes tangy, always juicy - mango is the flavour of our childhood. All of us have fond memories of good times spent with friends, family, and India’s favourite fruit.
Now that summer’s on its way, we feel the excitement like we did as kids - waiting for that first bite that will transport us back to our happy place. Take a trip down memory lane with us to celebrate the fact that mangoes will be here soon! Close your eyes, and remember...
1. That first moment when the mangoes arrive
Remember the excitement of mom or dad coming home in the evening with that first packet of mangoes? We would wait impatiently for those mangoes to cool in a bucket of water until finally...the time for that beautiful first bite was here.
2. Stripping down to chaddi-baniyan as kids to eat mangoes
Every evening becomes Holi when mangoes are around. Because mangoes give us permission to make a mess. Clad in chaddi-baniyan, the rich orange-yellow pulp dripping luxuriously down our chins...who can forget that image?
3. Aamras, all day every day
Aamras is like the nectar of the gods. In mango season, we would have this wonderful mango puree with every meal. Even the simplest roti or poori became yummy dipped into rich aamras.
4. Who eats the gutli?
So well-loved is the mango that eating it is always a battle - to not eat the gutli! We would fight with our brothers and sisters to grab the tender pulpy parts until finally mom or dad would give up and eat the sourer seed themselves.
5. Not hating that morning glass of milk because mango shakes are back.
Even Bournvita and Horlicks wouldn’t work with stubborn milk-hating kids, but mangoes always would. We would happily drink a glass of thick mango shake in the morning and evening. Thanks to mangoes, milk temporarily became our friend.
6. Excitedly watching our grandmothers make aam ka aachar.
We can’t live without our spicy mango pickle - it makes everything better! We loved watching our grandmothers slice up raw mangoes and preserve them in a bed of spices for the next few months. We would stare at those bottles of pickle kept in the sun, waiting for it to do its magic until we finally had our achaar. As a bonus, sometimes dadi or nani would give us a piece of kaccha aam with black salt or mirchi - a lip-smacking treat!
7. Hating it when someone said, “No More Mangoes!”
No three words were dreaded more than these in mango season. Once we started, we hated stopping! Because we can never have enough of mangoes.
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