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Mr Mango’s Kitchen – Tomato Cod Curry

Madras Sauce, serves 4

Following on from our blog on why tomatoes are the key ingredient for beautiful skin, we thought we’d give you a tomato based meal for our next recipe! Chicken, lamb and beef reign supreme in the world of Asian cuisine and fish is often overlooked. This is a great shame as fish is one of the healthiest and leanest protein sources you can feed your body and works so well when infused with Asian spices. Here’s how to make a delectable, simple and quick tomato cod curry:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove, (chopped)
  • 1-2 tbsp Madras curry paste
  • 400g of canned tomato
  • 200ml of vegetable stock
  • sustainable white fish fillets cut into chunks
  • rice or naan bread

Steps:

1)      Heat the vegetable oil in a pan and start to gently fry the onions for 3 minutes.

2)      Add the chopped garlic cloves and cook the vegetables for an additional 2 minutes.

3)      When the onions and garlic have softened bring the heat to a simmer.

4)      Add the Madras Curry paste and stir for 2 minutes and pour in the canned tomatoes and             vegetable stock.

5)      Then, add the fish fillets and cook for 4-6 minutes until the cod flakes easily.

6)      Serve immediately with naan or rice.

 

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Tomato, the Key Ingredient for Beautiful Skin

Tomatoes are a household staple but many are unaware of the huge cosmetic benefits that the fruit will yield. They are rich in selenium and lycopene; both of which are antioxidants. Selenium aids the fight against skin cancer, sun damage and age spots. Lycopene, on the other hand, counteracts cellular damage and reddening of the skin. Skin with higher levels of lycopene will have a reduced inflammatory response to the harmful UV rays of the sun.

Tomatoes also allow your skin to consume more oxygen which is preventative against ageing and wrinkling. But the benefits don’t end there as the tomatoes can serve as a number of different treatments:

  • Acne reduction – tomatoes have a high level of acidity and contain Vitamins A and C which are ingredients found in a lot of acne medication.
  • Shrinking of pores – the smaller the pores are on your skin, the less access dirt will have of contaminating it or oils will have to clog them up.
  • Tighter clearer skin – tomatoes are an astringent, reduce oily skin and help battle blackheads.

You don’t have to spend huge amounts of money on beauty products when you can be creative at home with tomatoes and other foods found in most kitchens. Here are a few examples of some tomato concoctions you can create with ease.

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Tomato Cucumber Facemask

Cucumbers are also rich in antioxidants but, more importantly, moisture. 95% of a cucumber is comprised of water meaning it will effectively hydrate your skin and thwart oiliness. Try this mask for a rejuvenating and refreshing experience.

Tomato and Avocado Facemask

For those disposed with oily and dry skin this could be the perfect facemask for you. The astringent properties of the tomato combined with the moisturising characteristics of the avocado will work in tandem to leave skin oil free and as smooth as silk.

Tomato Honey Facemask

If you’re looking to brighten dull skin, try combining tomatoes with honey. Honey is a natural humectant i.e. it locks moisture into the skin cells which will defend your skin from bacteria, germs and prevent breakouts from occurring.

 

In your next shop be sure to add a few tomatoes to your basket; they are currently selling at only 11p each!

Eid Mubarak from Mr Mango Delivery

Eid Mubarak From Mr Mango Delivery!

Mr Mango Delivery wishes you a Happy Eid:

Eid is but a few days away! We’re so close to the bi-annual Muslim celebration that you can almost hear the children screaming, demanding their Eid money! This Eid is the second (and final) Eid celebration of 2016, so you know it’s going to be a big one.

What exactly is the meaning of Eid though? People often ask throw this question in our direction so we thought it would be fitting to share our views with you.

For us, Eid consists of three main elements:

  • Family – Surrounding yourself with those you love
  • Food – Eating good, being thankful for what you have
  • Fun – Enjoying yourself and counting your blessings

Generally speaking, life is made up of small moments. Regardless of whether you’re having a family barbeque, embracing a loved one with a hug or simply being welcomed with a warm smile this Eid; its these small occasions that make the days so much better. Remember to cherish every second this Eid!

Could Eid really get any better than this? Oh, wait, yes it can!

You thought Eid was great before, but now you also just saved a lot of money on your Eid shopping. We have an amazing offer on a 20KG Salaam Basmati Rice, currently ONLY £10.99! That’s significantly cheaper than any supermarket or store price, and we’re offering this exclusively to all of you lovely people.

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Not only are you saving time, but you’re also avoiding those long pre-Eid queues! Everything you order is delivered in YOUR time, with quick delivery to ensure you can get on with the important things. Worry free shopping is the best, and if you haven’t tried it then it’s time to change that today! Let Mr Mango Delivery alleviate some of your stress this Eid, order from us today and have a truly joyful celebration this coming Eid.

Shukriyah,

The Mr Mango Delivery Team!

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Mr Mango’s Kitchen – Butter Lamb Gravy

Asian sauce, serving around 4 people

Lamb is a classic but an often forgotten meat. It brings some variety onto our dining table and can be served with either rice or potatoes. Follow the few steps to enjoy this awesome gravy;

Ingredients:

  • 2 Lamb Shoulders
  • 1/2 Tbsp Masala
  • 2 Tbsp of Butter
  • 1 Onion
  • 1/2 Creme Fraiche
  • 1/2 Tbsp Chill Powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp Minced Ginger
  • 1/2 Tbsp Turmeric (if wished)
  • 1 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 chopped Cilantro
  • Water
  •  Salt & Pepper

Steps:

  1.  Season the lamb shoulders with masala and salt and let it stand for a moment
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp of the butter in a large saute pan (heat it slowly over medium heat) and add the lamb
  3. Fry the lamb shoulders until they shine golden-brown throughout and put it aside
  4. Melt the other Tbsp of butter in the same saute pan and add the onion, turmeric, ginger, and garlic
  5. Cook and stir until the onion is filmy and the spices smells like heaven
  6. Add the chili powder and the tomato paste, stir everything until well blended and add some (warm) water until it has the wished liquidity
  7. Put back the lamb shoulders into the pan and simmer everything for around 20 minutes over low heat
  8. When the lamb is tender, stir in creme fraiche and honey

Mr Mango’s Kitchen – Pakistani Kachumber

Pakistani salad, serving around 4 people

We just celebrated Pakistan independence this past week, so this is the perfect time to introduce one of the most appreciated light dishes on Pakistani tables. It’s a refreshing salad, a perfect fit for healthy food lovers all around the world, from Pakistan to Great Britain. Follow the few steps to enjoy this culinary enlightenment;

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Cut the tomatoes, onion, cucumber, chilli,  and cilantro in small pieces
  2. Put all the cut ingredients into a bowl and mix it
  3. Add the pomegranate seeds, some spices, salt, mint leaves, and lemon juice
  4. Put everything in a fridge for around 1 hour and stir before serving

TIP: A little bit of pepper makes the taste of the single ingredients even more intensive.

Mr Mango’s Kitchen – Light Chicken Korma

Asian Lunch, serving around 4 people

Chicken – most people love it, few don’t and then there are the fence sitters who can’t decide. Whether you love it or not, there’s always time to appreciate a chicken dish, especially one as elegant as the light chicken korma! A perfect fit for meat lovers all around the world, from Pakistan to Great Britain; enjoy this light korma dish:

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Add onion, garlic and ginger in a food processor and make a paste out of it
  2. Tip the paste into a large frying pan, add 3 tbsp water and cook it for 5 mins
  3. Add the korma paste and cook the whole sauce for 2 mins
  4. Put the chicken into the sauce, with almonds, sultanas, stock and sugar
  5. Give everything a good mix, then cover and simmer for around 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through
  6. Remove the pan from the heat, mix in the yogurt and some seasoning
  7. Scatter over the coriander and flaked almonds

NOTE: Best to serve with brown or white basmati rice, with a fresh slice of lemon.

Mr Mango’s Kitchen – Ice Cold Falooda

Cold Indian dessert, serving around 4 people

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, especially in England where long days and warm temperatures are scarce! Though, you can’t always be outside, which is why we’ve crafted a perfect, ice-cold Falooda recipe. This is for those relaxing moments, where you want to treat your guests or surprise your family with a cold, refreshing dessert. This Falooda with ice cream is a summer essential. Both kids, as well as grown-ups, will love this energising and easy to make dessert. Interested yet? Of course, you are! Now, here’s how you can make your own awesome dessert:

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Steep 1/2 tbsp of sabja or basil seeds in water for about 30 to 40 mins
  2. Once they swell, drain the seeds and put them aside
  3. In 4 glasses, add 1.5 to tbsp rose syrup and then 1 to 1.5 tbsp of sabja seeds (not the soaked ones)
  4. Then add 1 to 1.5 tbsp of the falooda sev
  5. Slowly pour about 3/4 to 1 cup milk
  6. Then top the whole mix with one scoop of vanilla ice cream
  7. Garnish with a few raisins, sliced pistachios, almonds or cashews

NOTE: This recipe is perfect to serve immediately. If you crave this dessert but want to save time, try one of our Falooda Drink and Dessert Mix.

Birmingham Big Johns Eid Mela 2016

Birmingham Big Johns Eid Mela 2016

Mr Mango at the Birmingham Big Johns Eid Mela 2016!

Good evening Mango fans (or Mango minions)? Think we’ll go with Mango Minions…let’s try that again;

Good evening Mango Minions! How are you all? We hope you’re feeling good on this lovely Thursday. If you couldn’t guess it from the title, today’s short blog post is about the Birmingham Big Johns Eid Mela. On Sunday 31st July, Mr Mango and company were managing the Mango stall, where we connected with so many lovely people. Meeting all of you was the best part, we truly love you all!

Everyone from Mr Mango Delivery had a great time, seeing numerous people from our amazing community. There was Qasim from Wow Zone, the Pathway2Grow team, Ifraz from TheAsianToday, to name but a few.

Qasim and Co

Aside from our stall, there were many other businesses there and some great entertainment! Some memorable acts include Bonafide, Asif Khan, Juggy D, Zack Knight, Rameet Kaur, B21 and Roma.

Celebrating Asian culture with sports, art, entertainment and, most importantly, FOOD. Yes, there was an amazing amount of food which satisfied hundreds of stomachs for the day. Not only was there a lot of South Asian food, there was also Chinese, Italian, Caribbean and English cuisine. Canon Hill Park was really vibrant and there was an amazing buzz in the atmosphere!

Overall, it was certainly an event to remember and Mr Mango Delivery is happy to have been a part of such an amazing community gathering. We had genuine fun, it was amazing to see so many like-minded people together for one of the biggest gatherings in Birmingham this year. We can’t make any guarantees, however, we’re really positive that we’ll see you all there next year!

If you’d like to see some awesome photos from the big day, they’re up on Facebook (simply click the image below).

Thank you for reading this article, we really hope you enjoyed it. We just have one question for you before you leave, did you attend the Big John’s Eid Mela this year?!

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Win a £50 voucher to spend on our website!

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have some really exciting news for you all! As stated before, you can find information about the latest offers, news updates, competitions and more on the Mr Mango Delivery blog section. We’re glad you’re here! Anyway, moving on to the good news…

Today Mr Mango is here to tell you that you can win a £50 voucher to spend on the MrMangoDelivery website! It gets better because we’ll deliver your order straight to your door. Enter the competition from the comfort of your home and receive the products at a time that’s convenient for you. What could be better?!

We have been working with Roz from thefoodiecoupleblog to set this up, so thank you for all your help Roz, you’ve been amazing. We’re also really proud to have an independent blogger like Roz reviewing Mr Mango Delivery’s service (which you can read here).

Finally, the bit you want to know! To enter the competition, simply click this link and follow the instructions. Remember, your chances of winning increase if you follow all of the instructions…

It is recommended that you follow Mr Mango Delivery on Facebook and Twitter if you’re a fan of fun competitions and challenges! The links are below…

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And that’s a wrap! Today’s blog post was just a quick update on how you can enter our awesome competition. We hope you have a great day and enjoy lovely weather for days to come. Until next time…

Mr Mango Kitchen, Chicken Pakora

Indian Appetiser, serving around 4 – 6 people

There are a few things Ramadan just isn’t the same without; a feast at Iftaar, that silence when everyone’s digging into their food after a long fast and those “last minute” people at Sehri time! Alongside this comes a must have Ramadan food item that, for some strange reason, only your mothers can seem to cook properly (girl power)! That’s right, this week’s recipe is the famous Chicken Pakora!

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Put all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them together.
  2. Add water to the mixture so it becomes a paste of medium thickness
  3. Take the 500 grams of boneless breast chicken and cut them into small (pasta sized) pieces.
  4. Add the garlic and ginger paste to the chicken and mix.
  5. Add the gram flour paste to the chicken so the chicken is coated nicely.
  6. Fry in the oil until they come out crispy.

NOTE: Do not fry on a high flame. If you do, the Chicken Pakora will NOT be cooked from the inside.

If you did all the steps right, you’ll emerge with the perfect Chicken Pakora recipe to serve to your family during Iftar time. Not only this, you can impress your guests too with these crispy, bite-sized pieces of heaven.