Oct 13, 2006

Avocado and Guacamole

Guacamole served with tortilla chips

Avocado/butter fruit or beNNe haNNu in Kannada is a dark/bright green fruit which softens when ripe. It has a big hard seed inside and a soft light green pulp. The pulp is very creamy and hence the name butter fruit. My friend who is from Coorg/Madikeri used to get a lot of these fruits to my hostel during the college days. We didn't knew any recipes out of it then. We used to squeeze the pulp out, mix sugar and eat it for dessert. Now I have 2 recipes.

Heath benefits : As quoted in Wikipedia 'the fruit does have a markedly higher fat content than most other fruits, most of the fat in avocados is mono-unsaturated fat, which is considered healthy in the human diet. A whole medium avocado contains approximately 25% of the recommended daily amount of saturated fat. Avocados also have 60% more potassium than bananas. They are also rich in B vitamins, as well as vitamin E and K'. Also see WhFoods for more info.

This is the most easiest way to relish an avocado. Mash the pulp with the back of the spoon and mix it with sugar and simply eat it. Delicious! Its like mixing homemade butter with sugar.Yummy..

The second recipe is a spicy chutney that can be used as a dip for chips or as a spread for sandwich. I even like to eat it with chapati. Yes I am talking about Guacamole. This is a very popular Mexican chutney. There are many different recipes for this chutney on the Internet. I tried & tested this one.
Guacamole served with Chips

1 avocado, mashed
1/2 tsp freshly crushed jeera
1-2 green chillies
1/4 bunch cilantro/coriander leaves
1-2 cloves garlic
juice of 1 lime
1/2 onion, optional

Finely chop green chillies, cilantro. Mince the garlic. Coarsely crush the jeera. Alternately you may also coarsely grind the green chillies, garlic, jeera and cilantro in the mixer/food processor, but not necessary.
Mix in some finely chopped onion. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly along with the mashed avocado pulp. Adjust salt. Squeeze juice of 1 lime and mix. Keep it closed, it may get dark colored if exposed to air for long. To avoid this add few drops of lime juice on the top, this helps to preserve the bright green color.Let it rest for 2 hrs in the fridge.
Serve with chips or as a spread for sandwich or chapati or Dosa

I watch a lot of cooking shows. This is how I learnt to open an avocado without any hassle.

Opening the AvocadoMake a vertical slit around the pit of the avocado.

Opening the AvocadoTwist the two hemispheres and open it.

Opening the AvocadoHit the knife into the seed and pop it out. Discard the pit.

Opening the AvocadoWith a small knife make vertical and horizontal slits on the pulp. Scoop up the pulp with a spoon.
Transfer into a bowl and mash with the back of a fork.
You can retain the shells and serve the avocado dishes right on the shells.

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