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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Guacamole / Mexican Cuisine / Avocado dip Recipe

Guacamole

Guacamole is a healthy and flavorful Avocado-based dip or salad. In addition to its use in modern Mexican Cuisine , it has also become a part of American Cuisine as a dip , condiment, and salad ingredient . It is traditionally prepared by mashing ripe Avocados with sea salt in a mortar and pestle. This recipe requires minimal ingredients , is oil free and involves no cooking.

This dip recipe calls for ripe Avocados and use of lime juice not only imparts tangy taste to the dip but also avoids discolouration of Avocado pulp.




Avocados are a creamy, buttery fruit grown in warm climates , it is the only fruit that provides a substantial amount of monounsaturated fat (the healthy kind). They are naturally nutrient - dense food and a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta- carotene and Omega- 3s.

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270406.php

Ingredients for Guacamole:
  • Fresh and ripe Avocado - 2
  • Lime juice - 4-5 tsp
  • Black pepper powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Small tomato de seeded and chopped- 1
  • Medium Onion chopped finely- 1
  • Coriander leaves chopped 
  • Salt as per taste

Method:
  1. Cut the Avocados in half. Remove seed ans scoop out avocado from the peel. Mash it with a fork in a mixing bowl. 


   2.  Immediately mix the lemon juice with the pulp to avoid discoloration. Now add all the other ingredients and mix well.



  3. Refrigerate one hour for best flavor or serve immediately. If not serving right away, sit a stone in the Guacamole ( this helps to stop it going brown), cover with a cling film and chill until needed. 


   4.  Serve the Guacamole with Nacho chips / tortilla chips .


Notes:
  • Use ripe Avocados for the recipe as the raw taste is displeasing to the taste buds. You can tell how ripe an Avocado is by gently pressing into the skin. If the avocado is firm and does not budge , you will need to let it ripen for a few days before consuming. To speed up the ripening process, place an avocado in a paper bag with a banana.
  • Guacamole can be serve smooth or chunky. A dollop of fresh cream enhances the texture.
  • This is not only an Avocado dip, but also a salad dressing and can be used as sandwich topping also.


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