Mango is the national fruit of India. It is also known traditionally as the food of the gods. Its leaves are used as floral decorations during Hindu marriages and religious ceremonies. Used in all sorts of sweet preparations, mangoes are delicious eaten on their own or with other fruits, such as in this refreshing salad. This recipe is taken from the Easy Indian Cookbook
1 handful strawberries, hulled, washed and chopped
2 nectarines, washed and chopped
2 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp rose water or 2 drops rose extract
1 tsp dark brown sugar
Slice the mango lengthways, either side of the large flat stone. Place the two sides flesh side up and make criss cross cuts into the flesh without cutting through the skin. Push the skin gently to make the cubes standout. Then cut away the segments of flesh.
Combine the mango cubes with the strawberries and the nectarines. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and refrigerate. Remove from the fridge about 30 minutes before serving to allow the salad to return to room temperature.
Mix the lime juice, vanilla and sugar together, and pour over the salad. Serve with whipped cream, if you like.
This can be refrigerated covered for up to two days.