Friday, September 2, 2011

Zesty Mango & Pear Bites

The weekend is here and am looking forward to a whole lot of binging yet again. My resolve to cook & eat healthy had to meet a tragic end this week as SUVAI - 2011 is here in Trichy and the next 2 days is poised for gastronomical delights. The food carnival which kick-started from yesterday has an array of mouth watering dishes featuring many of the known & unknown hotels/restaurants/eateries. This can only mean one thing for all the foodies here - tuck in to the yummy goodies and enjoy the culinary festive saga ! Besides the snacking outlets, there are stalls for tattoos & mehendis and many cultural programs are also afoot to keep the masses entertained.As for me, I have already made a round yesterday to see the goodies on display and tasted quite a few delightful dishes. Can't wait to explore them all this weekend  !!!

Mango & Pears is a happy medley when seasoned & tempered right. The bites have become a regular feature in my hearth.Enjoy this delightful pick-me-ups as pickle/relish or simple tuck in to them to appease those hunger pangs hitting you at ungodly hours. 

The mangoes used for the bites is the Totapuri/கிளி மூக்கு. This type of mango is oblong in shape with a prominent parrot type beak and is very delicious. This mango sees a perfect fuse of sweet & sour taste and adds to the overall flavour of the Bites. On the other hand the nutrients packed luscious pear added to the pep factor.

My Observations
Use Totapuri mangoes  ( if available) for power packed taste & flavor.
Let the mangoes be ripe but firm, else the cut pieces of mangoes will lose shape while blending.
3. The bites tastes even better after being refrigerated. It can stay fresh for a day or two. But my bet is it will quickly disappear !

What's in it 
  • Pear - 3 - small - washed & cubed in to bite sized pieces
  • Totapuri -2 - peeled & cubed in to bite sized pieces - (retaining skin is optional)
  • Red Chilli Powder - to taste
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard & urad Dal - 1 tbsp - to temper
How :-

In a bowl mix the pear & mango pieces and season them with salt & red chilli powder.  Let the flavours blend well. Now in a small pan, add oil & let the mustard & urad dal crackle. Add this tempering to the spicy fruit mix.Enjoy it as a side -dish to rotis or rice or savour them as such. 

Linking it to Archana's FFNFF # 4 ; the event is the brainchild of Priya @ Now Serving


  1. U make me drool.tangy and healthy mix.loving it.

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  3. looks very yummy and delish!...I will take fruits in any form!

  4. Wow wat a brilliant idea of adding pears, simply irresistible..

  5. what a nice combo, never tried it....that sure looks mouthwatering..

  6. Oooohh... mouth watery.... The last but one pic is awesome Priya :)

  7. hmmmmmm.....yummy.dear i love the first one....mouth watery....i used to with curd rice when childhood...missing from many yrs...

  8. Mouthwatering and yummy..looks superb

  9. Makes me drool,feel like having some..

  10. Nice combo and nice idea. It is sinfully mouthwatering.

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  11. wow, love the tangy explosion of flavors. I envy you priya dear that u are lucky to enjoy all the foods under one big roof.

  12. Simply tempting with simple ingredients!

  13. Looks tangy and nice.

    Saraswathi Iyer

  14. Im literally drooling. Good one. Enjoy your Suvai 2011.Hope you had a great festival too.

  15. We used to do this with mango alone in our childhood. Adding pear is a new idea. Sending in your Apple recipes to ONGOING EVENT: ABC Series - A for Apple

  16. Agree with all comments above - this one makes me a drooler :)

  17. Hi, Priya, sorry for not being around for such a long time, but you know what is like in the summer. Anyway, i spotted some mangoes at the store, so guess what's on my to do list next :D

  18. Drooling..Really!!


  19. first time here you have nice collection of recipes glad to follow you. lovely and yummy very tempting....

  20. Great idea to add the pears! Looks totally chatpata and yum!

  21. Priya,I am drooling over the pictures.

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