Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Totapuri Cranberry Salad

Story: What does an Indian mango cultivar share with the Guru of Saint Ramakrishna Paramahansa??? The name!!! - Totapuri..

I love the Internet for making it super-easy -
1. To find such interesting connections (thanks Google)
2. To spot when someone is making stuff up (thanks Wikipedia community)
3. To share my thoughts with anyone and everyone around the globe

...... the list is endless
Engineering is really the most noble profession on planet earth! ;-)

ok.. now to the recipe - this salad recipe just happened spontaneously in my kitchen. I have recently discovered raw Fennel as an interesting ingredient and I am slowly getting to know it better.

yeah yeah - as always, there is a connection of this recipe with the word 'Totapuri'.. the salad has chunks of south-American variety of mango* that tastes very similar to the Totapuri mango from India. Totapuri is usually one of the most ignored variety of mango in India (the land of Alphonso mango). But for this salad Totapuri is what you need - because you need the tang, the crunch and the chunkiness for this salad.

*IMHO Hapus/Alphonso is THE ONLY variety of the fruit that deserves the name - Mango. Every other variety is just trying to imitate the taste. It's like a generic MP3 player trying to act like an IPOD.

AshaCool kitchen

Time: 20-30 mins

for 4 people
  • 1 Mango (Totapuri or South-American Variety that's a bit tangy) cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 Fennel bulb - thinly sliced
  • 2-3 Fennel fronds cut finely for garnish
  • 3/4 cup Dried cranberries with sugar to balance the tang
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt, Pepper to taste

In a salad bowl mix all the ingredients and enjoy!


  1. You should come up with weird names for dishes that you create yourself, like "Salad 65", or "wah wah production".

  2. wah wah productions it is.. the name says it all..

  3. Anuja, I must praise you for putting weird ingredients together but still making it sound like "I want to try that NOW!!" Never imagined this combination...but I guess try kijiye aur fark dekhiye!

  4. :) thank you Shanu.. I take that as your description of creative recipes..

  5. ok. I really need to get these fennel bulbs.. After all..yeh fennel bulb kya hain??