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a dish of delicious mango rice

Delicious Mango Rice

Mango Rice

I was invited to a friend's home for dinner recently. Everything was so good. I began helping my self to what I thought was Lemon Rice until the host informed me that it was Mango Rice. I was intrigued as I had never heard of such a dish. I learned that green mango was used to give that tangy taste that I so enjoy with Lemon Rice.

It made perfect sense that a green mango which is sour, can replace the use of lemons. I had never thought of that possibility.

When I asked for the recipe I was told that it is made the way Lemon Rice is made, but the recipe was promised. Well, after asking one more time, I could not wait and decided to try making it myself. I did make a note of the ingredients that were used.

I was pleased with the results and I am sure you will like it too. Note that you have to boil the rice as a first step. The recipe, (for those not familiar with cooking rice), is described in the, Just Rice Recipe. Adding a cinnamon stick when boiling rice adds to the flavor.

Here is the recipe which is also suitable for vegans as no dairy products are used.


  • 5 tablespoons Canola oil, or oil that you prefer
  • 2 tsps mustard seeds
  • 2 tblsps uncooked urad dhal (blackgram) lentils
  • 1 tsp cumin/jeera seeds
  • 2-3 tblsps chopped fresh or dessicated coconut flakes(unsweeetened)
  • 2-3 dry red chilies
  • ½ cup cashew nuts
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1-3 split sliced green chilies
  • 1-2 dry red chili (amount is to your taste)
  • 1-3 teaspoons salt
  • 1teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 green mango
  • about ½ cup chopped cilantro leaves


  • Pick urad dhal lentils & rinse. Add ½ cup water & *microwave for 5 min.
  • Drain water and keep aside
  • Gather all the ingredients you need
  • Wash mango, then peel and grate to fill one measuring cup
  • Heat oil
  • Add mustard and cumin seeds. Put lid on & lower heat as seeds splutter
  • Add lentils & stir. Cook on medium to low heat for about 1-2 min.
  • Add chilies, ginger & turmeric. Stir
  • Follow with grated mango. Cook for about 2 minutes or until it looks all floppy
  • Next add the nuts & stir for a few seconds
  • Add salt & coconut & stir
  • Add cooked rice to this mixture & blend
  • Adjust salt if necessary. Garnish with Cilantro/Coriander leaves and serve
The ingredients are now added to the cooked rice and mixed well

The saute´d mix now added to the pot of cooked rice which must be mixed well to incorporate the flavors

The green mango being grated for use in the mango rice recipe

The green mango being grated for use in the mango rice recipe

Green Mango that is used in the recipe

Green Mango

Urad dhal or Black gram, small lentils that are used in recipe

Urad Dhal is also known as Black gram

About Mango Rice

* If you plan to make this dish later in the day, then just soak the urad dhal in water for a few hours, until it is time to cook it. If it has soaked for a few hours, there is no need to microwave it. Urad dhal, a lentil is one of the ingredients in the recipe. The English equivalent is, black gram. The lentil does have a black coat, but for this recipe, I used urad dhal that has the outer skin removed, leaving an off white lentil. These can be purchased at ethnic grocery stores. They are sold with the black coat, semi-coated and with the coat completely removed.

If you have left overs after grating the mango, then just save it in the freezer for the next time you make Mango Rice

You may choose to use brown rice or other rice that you prefer. If you have curry leaves available, use that as well, in the stage when you add the mustard seeds.

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