Avocados are not commonly consumed in India but slowly this wonder fruit is finding its way into our smoothies and milk shakes. Why call it a wonder fruit? Going by the nutritional value and the unique taste of this fruit, neither sweet nor sour, that makes it versatile to be consumed as a filling breakfast or a snack made yummy in a jiffy.
Top its slices on your bread, whip it into a smoothie or toss it in the salads, there are many interesting ways to include avocados into your daily meals.
Avocados have a variety of nutrients such as fiber, vitamin B, C and are packed with a lot of "good fats" essential for our body.
It is exceptionally good for children and often goes into Little M's milk shakes during the summer.
Coming back to guacamole, I had my first taste of this wonderful dip made by my talented blogger friend Tasneem who blogs at Thoughts Over Chai. The green paste that I didn't know anything about was devoured atop crispy nachos. The creamy taste of avocado lingered in my mouth while the nachos added the crunch into every bite. I quickly asked for the recipe.
This dish was alien to me. So I expected the ingredients also to be fancy. To my surprise they weren't!
Give me healthy food and it is surely going to be included in my family's meals one way or another.
When trying a new recipe, what could be better than finding all the ingredients on the list in your pantry? Another thing to love about this amazing dip is that it helps you prep up "no-cook" meals and is ready in minutes.
The only change I made to the dip was that I didn't mash the avocado, but kept it chunky by chopping into tiny pieces, but you can always go ahead and mash the avocado pieces using a fork.
It is a good starter to please your guests before dinner and makes a yummy snack for children as well.
Little M is at home these days and before kindergarten starts next month I take every opportunity to spend quality time with him whether at the park and at home doing painting, playing with homemade play dough or in the kitchen as together we "cook" some simple meals that don't take long to finish.
I am on a constant look out for creative ways to keep Liitle M busy and thus away from the lure of TV or the ipad. If I am cooking in the kitchen I try to involve Little M by handing him simple tasks such as washing the veggies or buttering the bread. Most of times he obliges happily.
It is a good snack to prepare with your little ones as it doesn't require too much of an effort and the kids can help with chopping the avocado (with a plastic knife) and stirring up the veggies together or even in decorating their own chips!
Handing him the plastic knife after I scooped out the avocado, I asked him to roughly chop it into pieces.
If you do not know how to peel an avocado I would recommend that you check the internet for a video because it is super simple and uncomplicated.
I like to learn simple hacks to simplify and quicken daily tasks in the kitchen. Watching a video on how to simply peeling a pomegranate on Facebook really changed my life and now it is often consumed at my house as compared to before when I found getting pomegranate seeds out a big deal.
An avocado requires no peeling of the outer skin at all and is simple to get the pulpy flesh out in under a minute.
Avocados tend to blacken when peeled, so it helps to be quick with the chopping and sprinkling lemon juice asap to keep avocado from turning dark.
For the same reason, do not prepare this dip in advance. It can be made in under 10 min, so make it when you want to eat and serve it fresh.
2 avocados, finely chopped (or mashed with fork)
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
juice of 1 lemon
coriander leaves, chopped
2 green chilies, finely chopped
salt, to taste
1) Chop or mash the avocados in a bowl. Sprinkle lemon juice fast to keep avocados from darkening.
I separated a few spoons of guacamole for Little M and then added the finely chopped green chilies.
2) Mix in all ingredients in a large bowl.
Guacamole dip is ready! :-)
3) Serve as dip with nachos, chips, monaco biscuits or the Indian papad. :-)
Found a single kuboos or pita bread lying in my bread basket. Warmed it on a tawa or griddle alongwith some butter, making it slightly crunchy and layered the guacamole on top of it!
Not only was this recipe a time-saver but it really saved the dinner last night as I had not cooked anything. Do try this super quick and innovative dip that is ready in minutes and without breaking your back for hours in the kitchen.
Do share your thoughts on this recipe with me. I would love to read them.
Have you tasted guacamole? Or tried making it? How do you make yours? What are ways you include avocados in your family's meals? Please share your ideas with me.
Thanks for reading! :-)