The beauty of cooking is that there are no rules – the cyclone played havoc on the trees and countless mangoes, ripe and unripe, littered the ground, cut short of their life span. And if you know me, I cannot see waste of any sort.
I had a big bag of them sent across, and most of it turned into Mango Chutney which sits well in the fridge for weeks. But a small portion I set aside to experiment with. This rice recipe is an amalgamation of various other recipes, and adapted to my tastes – I cannot put a label on it and call it Gujarati, from southern India or just from air – you will have to take your own meaning! This recipe is adaptable to your pantry and of course tastes. I use urad dal in the rice, but you can use sesame seeds, channa dal – anything that gives it it’s crunch!