5 Minute Home-made Mango Salsa

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Mumbai’s summers have been through the roof this year but the one thing that’s kept us our spirits up has been the delectable, juicy, Mango. Come summers, the fragrance of mangoes traverses through the home of all Mumbaikars. My dear friend, Chef Mrugank Desai and I decided to come up with supremely easy to make, seasonal recipes (at the fag end of the summer unfortunately) with ingredients you need not go scouting for. I’m not a fan of store bought salsa since it’s significantly high in preservatives, and since I’d been looking to perfect a recipe, we thought of making it with a little help of the mangoes lying around at home.

Ingredients:

Mango – 200 gms
Chopped onion – 50 gms
Chopped tomatoes – 50 gms
Chopped coriander – 10 gms
Green chilly – 1, chopped
Olive oil – 15 ml
The juice of 1 Lemon
Salt – to taste

Method – Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix carefully. Be sure not to squash the mango and tomatoes, else you’ll wind up with a rather mushy salsa! Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate before serving.

This can be enjoyed with chips, nachos, even quesadillas!

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New to Mumbai: House of Nomad at the Taj Lands End

A very first of it’s kind, the Taj Lands End Hotel Mumbai, brings to the city the raddest new gastro bar in town, House of Nomad. Boho-chic interiors, skilfully designed cocktails, an extensive wine list, competitively priced alcohol, tapas style food and to top it all, Taj Hospitality, all come together to bring you a perfect night out in the city.

The much awaited House of Nomad, unlike any other bar at a Taj property, opened its doors to Mumbai over the weekend. We were invited to a preview tasting where we got to meet award winning mixologist Andrew Pearson who worked for months with his team curating the perfect cocktails. Andrew, also fondly known as Andy, has been described as the “Jamie Oliver of Drink” by Theme magazine !

On the menu:

Espress Yourself

1. Express Yourself

Fresh espresso shaken with Ketel One vodka, Kahlua, homemade chocolate bitters and vanilla syrup served over block ice with a vanilla pod. Everything about this cocktail screams FLAWLESS. The bitter taste of the espresso is cut through beautifully by the Kahlua, the first sip leaves you with a gorgeous taste of the homemade chocolate bitter that lingers on your palate until the next few sips and of course the Ketel One that leaves behind a crisp and sophisticated flavour. Even the block of ice that this drink is poured over is carefully chipped by the team themselves. This is certainly our top recommended choice of poison.

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2. The Final Say

Designed especially for the ladies 😉 this drink is made of Bacardi Gold, Martell VS peach liqueur, guava juice, fresh lemon juice, sugar, and adorned with a dragon fruit. A beautiful punch of guava with a minimal taste of alcohol, you’ll want to keep this one coming!

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3. Chanel No.6 

This one is a treat for the eyes, the nose and the tastebuds. Comprising of Ketel One vodka, lychee puree, coconut syrup, homemade bitters, shaken and served straight up with a molecular lipstick. Not to forget served with a side of a fragrant mist!

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4. The Bollywood Hopeful

It’s been Andy’s dream for a while now to act in a Bollywood movie, so whilst he continues to pursue that dream, he concocted The Bollywood Hopeful in the meantime! Made with Ketel One vodka, apricot liqueur, pureed mango and fresh lemon, shaken and served up with a cheeky shot of Prosecco on the side. The Prosecco can be had 3 ways, by itself a shot, sipped on alongside the cocktail, or mixed, take your pick!

5. The final one was the Black Rum Bevy. Where Andy comes from, they often say “Bevy?” roughly translated as “would you like to go get a drink?”. Hence, the name. What I loved the most about this drink were the homemade draught stout reduction shaken with Old Monk and homemade liquorice bitters. Instead of buying these, the team just creates them in house. Add a little lemon juice and sugar and serve it up in a dimpled beer mug with a dash of nutmeg and you’ve got a gorgeous twist on the simple Old Monk.

These were only 5 of the several others on the menu, but I can say without a shadow of doubt that I’m going back for more! The team plans on revising their menu every 6 months or so with seasonal ingredients, so you can be sure to find me there each time they do something different!

The bar is currently open from 3 p.m. to 1.30 a.m.

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Happy weekend !