Royal and Raw: Mango and Avocado Bliss Tart
APHRO CUISINE—DECEMBER ’14 FEATURE
I have been infatuated with the marriage of cardamom and rose water since I started my romance with Indian-flaired foods. An older flame of mine—Middle-Eastern fare—also uses pistachio with these wonderful flavors, and when I thought of the color of those bright nuts mixed with avocado, this recipe blossomed.
Raw, bright, tropical, aromatic, intoxicating.
Bring on summer love.
2 ripe but firm mangoes
2 ripe creamy avocadoes
1 cup Greek yoghurt
¼ cup milk
½ tsp cardamom (more or less to taste)
½ capful of rosewater (more or less to taste)
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp agar-agar (or gelatin if easier)
1 cup raw pistachios (plus extra for garnish)
4 tbsp raw coconut oil
pinch of salt
rose petals (unsprayed) for garnish
Begin by preparing the crust: add pistachios and salt to a food processor and blend into a coarse powder. In a tart dish, mix together the pistachios and coconut oil with your hands and press into the base, forming the crust. Place in the fridge.
Now to the (almost) raw tart filling: the agar-agar must be heated in order to act upon the filling, but we will use only a very small amount to barely hold it together. Soak the agar in 2 tbsp cold water for 10 minutes, then place in a small saucepan along with the milk. On a low heat, stirring constantly, bring almost to the boil, then remove from heat and stir through the honey until melted. Add the yoghurt, avocado, cardamom and rose water, and blend with a hand blender until very smooth. Taste to ensure there is enough rose water, cardamom and honey. Adjust to taste.
Pour the tart mix into the base and let set in the fridge for at least one hour. Slice the mangoes thinly and arrange on top in whatever fashion works for you. Sprinkle with pistachios, rose petals, lime and a few fresh drops of rose water.
Warning: this recipe has been proven to cause—and will cause—temporary insanity and chronic bliss.
Recipe and photography by Megan McCulloch
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