Guacamole is dip or sauce, a “chutney”, made from avocado. And it can be made in just 10 minutes. The subtle taste of avocado mixed with onions and black pepper, along with a little tanginess of lime, makes guacamole, a healthy, supercilious and mouthwatering dip.
What’s an avocado?
I, also at first, didn’t know what’s an avocado. Mostly, I saw it in grocery stores, and wondered, “What is it? How do you cut it? How do you eat it? In which recipes is it used?” Questions that usually pop up when you encounter a new fruit or vegetable. Being a lazy generation, another thought that comes, “Will it be easy to cut and eat?”
Well, Avocado is a fruit. It is green in color and pear shaped. From the inside, it is similar to mangoes. Like mangoes, it has a hard seed and pulp. The pulp is the edible portion of the fruit. At first, this pulp is hard. If you leave avocado for a day or two, it ripens and the pulp becomes soft.
Avocado pulp has a neutral taste. It is used in a variety of recipes, all over the world. Guacamole is one of them. Also, it is a rich source of vitamins (B, C, K, E) and potassium.
Tip: Avocado becomes brown when left open after cutting, add lime juice to prevent this.
How to cut an avocado?
Start making an incision from one end into the fruit, using a knife, till you encounter the seed. Then making seed as a focal point, slowing cut the fruit in two halves. Now take the seed out using a spoon or by your own hands. Next, using the same spoon or a fork, scoop out the avocado pulp into a bowl.
- 1 avocado
- 1/4 lime or lemon
- 1/4 onion finely chopped
- 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
- 1/4 tbsp black pepper
- Salt to taste
- Crush the avocado pulp in a bowl using a fork or spoon, till it becomes a paste.
- Add the onions, coriander leaves black pepper, salt, and lime juice. Mix well
I had a scarcity of coriander leaves, so didn't add them this time.
And your guacamole is ready to be served. You can have it with salads, corn tortillas, chips or add to sandwiches, pasta, etc.