Chef Chinu Vaze Thai Mango Sasam Is A Melange Of Flavours
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Sasam is primarily happens to be Konkani cuisine's summer favourite. The word Sasam literally translates to mustard seeds in Konkani. Sasam is primarily something like a fruit salad with that is made with mutltiple fruits like pineapple, mango and grapes and more and then that is tossed with some grounded coconut mixture. The mixture is then topped with some tempered mustard seeds and curry leaves. It’s up to you you if you want to add any vegetables of your choice but make sure that the vegetables are not much ripened but much firm. In In Konkani “Ambe” means ripened mango. This is dish is pretty simple and easy to make and is great both for lunch and dinner. Traditionally this dish is cooked on wood fires in clay pots. Packed with nutrients that is beneficial to our health, this dish is a real delight. 

And in this age of fusion Chef Chinu Vaze added her own creativity by mixing some Thai flavours to the authentic Indian dish. 

Chef Chinu Vaze took to Instagram and wrote saying “Ok I hate FUSION food alright! Once someone asked us to make butter chicken risotto and I just got up and walked out 😂

But with all the NOUVELLE cuisine emerging from all parts of the world and now finally in India, what we used to call FUSION, could be called INNOVATION?

One of our hits when we make NOUVELLE MAHARASHTRIAN food is a dish with lobster, Saraswat Kalvan broth and kafir lime curry patta risotto. It’s delicious.

Similarly Mango Sasam (or Sasav) reminded me so much of a Red Thai curry with pineapple or lychees. Same colour, same sourness. I wondered how it will taste with lemongrass and kafir like leaves. It was delicious! Use small, not-too-ripe mangoes (my aunt who makes this Meena Maushi, told us to use Raiwal mangoes).

And by all means leave out the fusion (lemongrass, bird eye chilli, star anise, kafir lime leaves) and make the regular version, that’s as delicious as well.

Tell me your most favorite FUSION dish and the WORST!

Thai Mango Sasam

For Curry

  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/4 tsp Hing
  • 1 tsp Methi Dana
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 2 red Chillies Whole
  • 4-5 Kafir Lime Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Jaggery
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2-1 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup Water

For Curry Paste

  • 3 small Raywal Mangoes
  • 2 Bird Eye Chillies
  • 2 large dried Red Chillies chopped
  • 2 Shallots
  • 5-6 Garlic Cloves
  • 1" fresh Turmeric 1/4 cup Coriander Root
  • 4 Star Anise
  • 1 tsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds