This Thai mango salad with the perfect balance of heat, tartness & sweetness is the perfect summer cooler to beat the tropical heat. Serve it with your favorite meat, prawns or snack it on its own!
No matter how unbearably hot Indian summer is, I eagerly wait for this season only because of its primary attraction which is none other than mangoes! Raw or ripe, this stuff is to die for! If you are not Asian, I am not sure how well familiar you are with this fruit; but for us mango is the king of fruit and it rightfully deserves all the love and attention it gets. Today I am sharing a Thai mango salad recipe using raw mangoes which has the perfect balance of tartness and a kick of heat imparted from chilies with additional depth from fish sauce which is a popular condiment in Thai cuisine. The tartness of green mangoes helps to cool down our body to let us adjust better with the high heat of summer. If you think deeply, nature has uncountable things to offer us so that we can adapt to the drastic yet expected climatic changes smoothly; but it’s solely upon us to bestow the respect that our mother nature deserves; else it can become dangerous!
With that anecdote, let me come back to today’s recipe of Thai mango salad. Just like India, I got to know that Thailand is quite big in mango production and hence they come up with many innovative recipes with mangoes using both raw and ripe mangoes just like this Thai mango salad which I found to be quite a well-loved side with grilled meat or seafood. We Indians eat raw mangoes differently in different regions but the most common practice is to make pickles of raw mangoes which we savor as a condiment with our rice or flat breads. This Thai mango salad seemed very different as well as interesting to me which is why I gave it a shot being a dedicated mango lover and thank God I did! I instantly fell in love with this delicious Thai mango salad which proved to be a perfect summer-cooler. This salad thing is just so perfect for the green mangoes with their sourness that you will be completely in awe of this, especially if you try this Thai mango salad for the very first time.