Although mango is a delight to enjoy without any processing, we have listed some ideas on how to use mango in your daily diet. Don't forget, mango is one of the fruits The Gambia is most famous for, so if you come here with a mission to eat as much mango of the best taste as possible, then keep on reading.
There are many shapes of mango available in The Gambia, and they also differ in taste. In the local language, some of the most popular types are:
You can also see other types on the market but not in large quantities. However, we advise you to taste all kinds and find your favourite one.
Raw fruit is an obvious choice, which should not be missed. The fruit without additives and processing is a typical and beloved dessert, snack or even main meal. Kett and Jurr are beloved in The Gambia when not ripe with the addition of salt and pepper.
Jam is an obvious choice and very simple to make (with cooking, adding sugar and sometimes essence), it can last for a long, and it is the perfect choice of spread.
The spicier version, chutney, goes well with many salty dishes as a condiment. Curry, salmon balls, fritters and turkey are just some of them.
Locally, pounded in a mortar, with the addition of salt, pepper and Maggie (or any other spices mix) is a popular side dish to the benachin or even a solo meal.
Half ripe mangos can be peeled, cut into slices, boiled, and mixed into a smooth paste. Some will add sugar, and some will add milk powder and eat it hot or cold.
Unripe fruits need to be peeled, cut into slices, boiled for some time, and dried under the sun. It makes it a perfect snack.
The ripe fruits are the best choice when making juice. Cut fruits and simply put them in a blender. Mango is excellent in combination with passion fruit juice.
Cut mango into small pieces and mix it with sliced apples, bananas, or other seasonal fruits. You can also add milk if you like it the Gambian way.
You can use mango to add to sauces of main Gambian dishes – usually chu. Jurr, while still sour, can also be added to benachin.
Apart from ice cream (a simple recipe that includes only mango paste with whipped heavy cream and condensed milk), you can also use mango to make homemade slushy, frozen yoghurt or sorbet.
Mango can be combined not only with fruit, but you can add it to different vegetable-based salads. Some good combinations are with creamy avocado and tomatoes; cilantro and red onions; cucumber and onions; shrimps; cucumber with cilantro and carrot; chicken breast on lettuce with honey lemon dressing. You can also go for grilled mango with pineapple and green salad.
Mango can be the perfect choice for cake curd, mango flower tart, cheesecake with passionfruit or ice cream mango cake. The options are almost endless.
Don't miss the taste of Indian yoghurt drink with mango and cumin.
To get a delicious orange smoothie, combine blended mangos with either turmeric, carrot, or ginger for some extra kick, orange, and/or coconut water.
Another great option is berries and bananas, where you can also use frozen fruits.
Simple but delicious rice pudding, prepared in coconut milk with mango puree or sliced mango topping, can be a perfect snack.
For sticky rice, you can soak mango in coconut milk overnight and steam it with rice in a saucepan.
Use mango salsa with tortillas, shrimp tacos or grilled fish. To prepare salsa, you can use ripe mangos with tomato, red onions, cilantro, lime juice, and red pepper.
Change the classic one for a mango margarita and enjoy its extra sunny taste.
In combination with yoghurt, different nuts, seeds, cereals or granola, it can be a perfect start to your day.
Chicken curry with tropical fruits or creamy chicken korma with coconut milk is something you shouldn't miss to taste.
Add mango juice and honey to chilled black tea, and enjoy a refreshing drink with plenty of ice.