Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Basic Decorative Mango Cutting

Basic Decorative Mango Cutting

Ever since i posted the Kesari Aam Ras with Puri recipe on the blog, many people have requested that I show them the technique of decoratively cutting mangoes as shown in the blog post. So, for all those of you who made that request, this one’s for you.

They say the best way to learn is not just by words but by doing, or then the next best, as is the case here, by seeing. I am therefore going to show you the process through pictures. 

You will need a sharp knife and a mango. 

  1. Do NOT peel the mango.
  2. Cut a large thick slice from the flat side of the mango, right through till your knife touches the seed.

  3. Carefully cut two lines (or three) vertically, through the flesh. The tip of the knife may touch the skin when you cut make the cuts, but it should not cut through into skin at all.

  4. Now make cuts in three (or four) horizontal lines through the flesh in the same way.

  5. Put down the knife.
  6. Hold the mango slice in both your hands and gentle overturn the mango slice from the skin side. (I've especially placed the overturned mango on this plate to show you how it would look like from the back when you overturn the mango.)

  7. The cuts will open up and you have a decoratively cut mango slice in your hands. QED!!

Chef Notes:
  1. I have made picture collages to show the mango slice cut in two lines and in three. The ones cut in two lines will give you bigger pieces on the skin and the three line cuts will give you smaller ones. Go with whatever you fancy.
  2. Follow the procedure as shown in the pictures and the next time you serve Aam Ras, cut the mangoes in this decorative way. Go on, impress your family and friends. ;-) 
  3. You may share the direct blog-link of the recipe/s but do NOT publish my recipes and my photographs on any blog-site or website without my explicit consent or attempt to pass off my recipe/s as your own. You will be held accountable for plagiarism. 

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