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Celebrity Chef Aarti Sequeira Gives Summertime Classics a Tropical TwistThe Perfect Summer Menu With Mango -- Just in Time for Entertaining Al Fresco (June 05, 2012)
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/05/12 -- From friendly neighborhood get-togethers to celebrating poolside, celebrity chef, Aarti Sequeira, loves using mango to add some fresh, exciting flavor to kick off the sunny season. The tropical taste is versatile enough for sweet and savory dishes, like Aarti's new recipes for a refreshing salad, a tangy barbeque sauce, a cooling summer drink and a sophisticated dessert.
The simple addition of mango creates standout dishes while also adding beneficial nutrients. One cup of mango provides 100 percent of daily vitamin C, 35 percent of daily vitamin A and is a good source of fiber, all for only 100 calories.
Mangos are available year round, though grocery stores stock the most varieties during summer months. With an abundance of mangos available, now is the perfect time to try Aarti's mango-licious recipes and to share them with friends and family.
Aarti's newest summer dishes include:
- Mangalore Salad, cooling mango and cucumber with a lime-cilantro-serrano dressing
- Mango-Rum Barbecue Sauce, perfect for grilled favorites like steaks, seafood, pork and veggies
- Marigold Mango Rice Pudding, blending saffron, mango and pistachio for an updated Indian classic
- Mango Lassi, a fresh take on the traditional creamy/sweet Indian beverage
Keep in mind, when selecting a mango, color is not always the best indicator of ripeness. Instead, consumers should squeeze the mango gently to judge ripeness. A ripe mango will give slightly, similar to a peach or avocado. To ripen a mango, keep it at room temperature. Once ripe, mangos should be moved to the refrigerator, where they will keep for up to five days. Mangos may be peeled, cubed and placed in an airtight container in the freezer for up to six months.
About Aarti Sequeira
Aarti Sequeira uses her passion for food, training in broadcast journalism and warm personality to host a lively Food Network cooking show, Aarti Party. She surprises viewers with unexpected flavors and techniques to expand their palates and culinary repertoire by imparting her knowledge of global cuisine and putting an approachable spin on all-American classics. Growing up in Dubai with a traditional Indian Catholic family, Aarti's lifelong appreciation for food began at a young age and was inspired by her mother and her exposure to such diverse cultures. In August 2010, Aarti got her start by winning Season 6 of Food Network Star. Now in Season 2, Aarti Party promises great food and endless fun for home cooks everywhere.
About National Mango Board
The National Mango Board is a national promotion and research organization, which is supported by assessments from both domestic and imported mangos. The board was designed to drive awareness and consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. Mango availability per capita has increased 35 percent since 2005 to an estimated 2.53 pounds per year in 2011. Mango import volume for 2011 was 810 million pounds. Learn more at www.mango.org.
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