Cold red rice salad with green and ripe mangoes, coconut and a spicy dressing
You try a dish in a restaurant and from the very first spoonful, your brain and tastebuds are in this intense conversation, trying to decipher every single component of the dish. You can’t wait to get back into your kitchen and recreate the dish. Does this ever happen to you?
Most of the times, restaurant dishes are so complex that you cant even dream of recreating it with the limited resources and equipment in a home kitchen. But this time I was lucky. At the Coastal Adventures promotion at Monkey Bar Bangalore, a couple of weeks ago, the red rice salad was a super hit even among the meat eaters. Simple flavours from fresh ingredients went towards making this salad delicious. How many times have you ever found a salad unstoppably good? Well, this one was.
The inspiration salad used red rice from Kerala. I was happy to have that in my kitchen, otherwise feel free to try this salad with any other rice you have at home. I’d however suggest that you don’t use a delicate rice like basmati, because a sturdier grain will be better suited to this one. Brown rice or any other variety of unpolished rice should be a good choice. While cooking rice, make sure that it is cooked just right and not turned into a mush, so the grains don’t stick to each other.
Addition of ripe mango is my idea, because it is the mango season and I can’t stop adding mangoes to anything I cook (well, almost). Grating the green mango and coconut into long strands makes it a pretty looking salad.
A good salad is all about balance of flavours and textures and this one hits the spot on both counts. You must give this cold rice salad a try this summer, and while mangoes are in season. It travels well too. Hello fun lunchbox!