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Mango-Health benefits-Mango Rice Recipe

Updated on September 10, 2013

Mangoes are often called the king of asian fruits and they are fleshy stony fruits. Mango trees grow in frost free tropical countries and in warm sub tropical areas too. Green (raw) mangoes are used in various recipes in Asia and some varieties are eaten raw with salt and red chilli powder. Green (raw) mangoes are used in curries, cooked with fish or lentils, can be pickled and used in various other recipes too.

Green mango has various health benefits too:

  • Eating green mango with salt helps retain water in the body thereby preventing dehydration.
  • It is believed that dry mango powder is a cure for scurvy
  • Eating raw mango with salt and honey helps cure gastro-intestinal disorders, piles, morning sickness, indigestion, constipation etc.
  • Raw mangoes are rich in Vitamin C and help with resistance against diseases like tuberculosis, cholera, anaemia and dysentery.
  • Raw mangoes also help with treating liver disorders and cleaning the intestinal tract preventing bacterial infection

As they say too much of anything is good for nothing, green mangoes too have to be eaten in limits. Consuming loads of green mangoes can lead to health issues.

I am sharing this recipe with you which I one day prepared just with the spices I had at home, as we had loads of green mangoes that season. It turned out so delicious, and I frequently prepared this, whenever there was green mango at home. People who love raw mango will with no doubt love this recipe.

Spicy mango Rice

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked basmati rice or long grain rice

1 medium sized raw mango peeled and grated

1 ½ tsp red chilli powder

Few curry leaves

2 green chillies

1 pinch turmeric

1 pinch mustard seeds

A pinch of fenugreek seeds

1 tsp split and skinned black gram

4 to 5 tablespoons sesame oil

Salt to taste.

Preparation time: Approximately 7 to 10 minutes Serves: 3

HOW TO PREPARE:

This recipe is something that I tried years ago and came out absolutely tasty. While I was writing hubs I thought I will share this with everyone in this hub.

Finely chop the green chillies. Take a frying pan and add the sesame oil (Sesame oil gives a different and unique flavour to this rice). Heat it up well and then add the mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds. Let the mustard seeds crackle and fenugreek seeds fry in oil. (The fenugreek seeds give an excellent flavour to the rice; they are also crunchy and tasty when the rice is eaten as soon as you put down from the fire.) Then add the curry leaves and let them splutter. Sauté briefly and add the green chillies and black gram. Sauté at regular intervals till the ingredients turn golden brown. Now add the red chilli powder, this fries a bit in oil and gives an excellent colour to the rice. Then add turmeric powder. Now add the grated mangoes and required amount of salt. Mix it well and cook for five minutes. Add the cooked rice when the pan is still on fire. Mix well till the mango mix coats all the rice in the pan and serve hot. Be careful not to break the rice. Can serve with any mild chutneys.

This rice is an easy recipe for lunchbox

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Prettynutjob30, thank you for checking out this recipe. I have not tried this with brown rice, but the spiciness should go well with brown rice. You can try with a small amount initially to see how it turns out and then prepare more. If you do try, please let us know! Thank you so much for the votes and share!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jools99, thank you for checking out this recipe. It is in fact Yummy :-)

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      Mary 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Great hub, voted up, more and shared, this looks yummy. I wonder if this recipe would still be good using brown rice, I try to stay away from white rice.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      One word...YUMMY!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sweetie, thank you for reading. If you love mangoes, I am sure you're going to love this mango rice. Enjoy!

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      Hi Livingsta,

      I absolutely love mangoes but never had mango rice. Mango season is around the corner and I am surely going to try this recipe.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Thelma, it is yummy, and you'll like it if you like mangoes! Thank you for reading :-)

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      I love mango but I have not tried mango with rice, yet. I have to try this. It sounds yummy to me. Thanks for sharing.

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Bigjessy, it is tasty, you should try! Do let me know how you like it!

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Milyas32

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hahahaha Docmo, this one is really tasty, and you must try this one! I did not know Tesco sold green mangoes! I need to get some too, haven't had them for ages. I am glad this was useful!

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Alecia, I am glad you liked it! Thank you for the votes too!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      oooh. you've sent me in a spin with this one. I grew up in South India and am absolutely Mango crazy. Haven't had mango rice for a while .. you've just got me drooling over the keyboard. Gotta make this... Need to nip to Tesco to get me some mangoes. bye.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I love mango- it's so fresh and sweet. Glad to learn how healthy it is. Voted up, useful, and interesting!

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you so much Ishwaryaa, I am glad it was useful. And thank you for the votes too :)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging recipe hub! I have tasted mango rice long ago. I now came to know its recipe thanks to you. A well-explained recipe hub highlighted with its health benefits.

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow Vespawoolf, if you love mango, you will sure fall in love with this rice too :) Let me know how you like it :)

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Would you believe I've never tasted mango rice?? We have all the ingredients here for this dish, so I'm going to try it tonight with curry. Thanks!

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      livingsta 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ripplemaker..it is very tasty..you will love it..thank you for your comments :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I have never tasted of mango rice so this made me really curious. :) And spicy too. Sounds yummy!