King of Fruits

king of fruits:

It’s officially the first day of summer in Australia, and – mango season! Here in Perth the fruit shops are being flooded with the Kensington Pride variety.

Kensington Pride is the most popular variety grown in Australia, making up 80 per cent of all trees planted. This variety is grown throughout the sub-tropical and tropical regions of Australia. The major production areas are: Queensland Dry Tropics, Atherton Tablelands, central Queensland, south-east Queensland, northern New South Wales, Darwin and Katherine (NT) and Kununurra and Carnarvon (WA).

I presume that the mangoes available here in the West are the ‘local’ fruits from up North of the state.

The variety was first discovered in Bowen, north Queensland, but is thought to have originated as a seed imported on a shipping line from India. Kensington Pride has been known under several different names such as Bowen, Bowen Special or Kensington. Although this variety is the most popular in Australia, it is not grown commercially overseas.

During mango season, it’s always a happy challenge to find nice recipes for the King of Fruits, as it is known in India.

Here’s a classic recipe from Thailand, which found its way into my book ‘Quick Vegetarian Dishes’. You’ll need to visit your local Asian supermarket and purchase some ‘sticky rice’. The recipe is quite easy, and delicious.


Thai Sticky Rice with Mango

This simple and sublime dessert is popular, in one form or another, all over South East Asia. Various fruits can go with it – typically mango, jackfruit, or durian. It is also sometimes eaten with palm sugar syrup, with thick coconut milk and a pinch of salt, sprinkled with sesame, or served with a type of coconut milk custard called sankhaya.

You can even serve it with sweetened or unsweetened cream. In Thailand, where it is known as Khao Neow Mamuang it is eaten not just as a dessert, but as a sweet afternoon snack, or any time. Serves 4.

2 cups sticky (glutinous) white rice, soaked in cold water for 1 hour, then drained
1¼ cups coconut milk, one 400ml can
pinch salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 large ripe mangoes
2 tablespoons coconut milk to serve
mint leaves to decorate

Combine the rice, coconut milk, salt and sugar in an uncovered saucepan with 1¼ cups of water. Stir and bring to the boil over moderate heat.

Simmer the rice, stirring, for about 8-10 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from the heat, cover the pan, and leave it to stand for 5 minutes.

Transfer the rice to a steamer or double saucepan, and steam it for 15-20 minutes.

Spoon the hot steamed sticky rice into 6-8 individual ramekins or individual pudding moulds lined with plastic wrap and set them aside to cool.

Serve: unmould the rice and place one portion in the centre of each dessert plate. Arrange the mango around it, and drizzle the rice with the reserved coconut milk. Garnish with mint leaves.

Note: as an alternative serving suggestion, press the warm rice evenly into a tray lined with plastic wrap, and when cold cut into diamond-shaped pieces.
Posted by Kurma on 1/12/07; 9:34:41 AM

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