So, we’re stuck with a couple of mangoes that are neither ripe nor sweet enough to eat by themselves. I don’t want them to lie on the kitchen island forgotten because fruits attract fruit flies. You know about fruit flies, right? Two months ago, they came with the strong winds and even with no fruit in the house, they just seemed to be everywhere. The winds died down after a few days and the fruit flies disappeared. But the memory still haunts me.
So, I’ve been doing my best to get creative with the mangoes. If they lie around much longer, they will become a magnet for fruit flies. I’d rather consume them before then. I cooked escabeche the other night and, for Sam’s welcome home vegetarian dinner last night, I made this dish of mixed vegetables in coconut milk — with cubes of semi-ripe mangoes. Good thing I cooked enough for three because Speedy and I simply had to have our share.
Recipe: Mixed vegetables and semi-ripe mangoes in coconut milk
- 2 tbsps. of cooking oil
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp. of minced garlic
- 1 tsp. of grated ginger
- 1 large carrot, cubed
- about 150 g. of string (Baguio) beans, trimmed and cut into one-inch lengths
- salt and pepper, to taste
- about 1 c. of coconut milk (see options here and here)
- 1 to 2 semi-ripe mangoes, cubed
- Heat the cooking oil in a wok or frying pan.
- Saute the onion, garlic and ginger just until fragrant.
- Add the carrot cubes and cut beans. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper. Stir fry for about a minute.
- Pour in the coconut milk. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are done.
- Taste, adjust the seasonings if needed.
- Add the mango cubes and toss. Cook just until the mangoes are heated through.
- Serve hot.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 15 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 3