5 mango and macadamia nuts dishes to savour this season

The mango season has been in full swing in India for some time now and our stores and markets are effervescent with the heady aroma of juicy, ripe mangoes. And we can’t think of a better way to celebrate this season than by pairing it with our all-time favourite ingredient- macadamia nuts! The creamy, buttery flavour of macadamias perfectly complements the nectar-like sweetness and slightly tart undertones of mangoes, creating a tantalising culinary combination. In this article, we explore five delectable dishes that bring together the magic of mango and macadamia in celebration of the season. 

1. Mango-Macadamia Salad: 

A refreshing and vibrant mango-macadamia nuts salad  

Start your mango and macadamia culinary adventure with a refreshing and vibrant salad. Combine fresh mango slices, mixed greens, and toasted macadamia nuts in a bowl. Drizzle a tangy dressing made with lime juice, honey, salt and chili flakes over the salad. The creamy texture and nutty taste of macadamia nuts will add a delightful crunch to the succulent mango slices.

2. Mango-Macadamia Nut Smoothie: 

A creamy and tropical mango-macadamia nuts smoothie  

Beat the summer heat with a creamy and tropical mango-macadamia smoothie. Blend ripe mango chunks, macadamia nuts, coconut milk, and a dash of honey until smooth and frothy. This luscious smoothie is lactose-free and also a refreshing way to enjoy the flavours of mango and macadamia. 

3. Grilled Mango and Macadamia Chicken: 

Elevate your grilling game with this mouth-watering dish. Marinate chicken breasts in a mixture of mango puree, lime juice, garlic, and ginger. While grilling, sprinkle crushed macadamia nuts over the chicken for added crunch and taste. The sweet and smoky overtones of grilled mango, when combined with the richness of macadamia nuts, will create a delightful explosion of flavours. 

4. Mango-Macadamia Salsa: 

This zesty and vibrant salsa is a versatile condiment that complements a wide range of dishes. Dice ripe mangoes and mix them with finely chopped macadamia nuts, red onions and bell peppers. Add minced jalapeños, shredded cilantro, lime juice, and a pinch of salt. For best flavour,  let the salsa rest for 10 minutes. This salsa can be served with grilled fish or chicken, and as a topping for tacos or quesadillas. Or simply used as a dip with tortilla chips, for a light yet delicious snack. 

5. Mango-Macadamia Tart: 

Feast on a sweet note with a delicious mango-macadamia nuts tart  

End your mango and macadamia feast on a sweet note with a delicious mango-macadamia tart. Prepare a buttery and nutty macadamia tart crust and fill it with a creamy mango custard made from pureed mangoes, macadamia nuts, eggs, sugar, and a touch of vanilla. Bake until the tart is golden and set. The tropical sweetness of mangoes paired with rich, nutty flavours of macadamia nuts make this tart an indulgent treat. 

The mango season is a perfect occasion to experiment further with the versatility and deliciousness of macadamia nuts. Whether you prefer a light and refreshing salad, a tropical smoothie, a savoury grilled chicken, a zingy salsa, or a decadent dessert, the pairing of mango and macadamia nuts will keep you coming back for more.