When it’s anywhere beyond 35 degrees in your kitchen, to cook a hot meal is just madness. However, it’s not as crazy as it seems to eat spicy food: it encourages you to sweat and therefore cools you down. I wasn’t convinced until Putin made me a delicious veggie laksa and I felt cooler than I had all day!
With that in mind, here’s a mango-chili sauce that goes really well with fresh spring rolls as well as brown rice burritos and fajitas and a whole host of other goodies!
(would feed 4-6 as dipping sauce)
2 overripe mangoes
1 small onion, diced finely
3 small red chillis / 1 habanero chilli
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp oil
juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
Fry the onion, ground coriander and chillis in the oil until they’re brown
Blend this mixture with the mangoes and the lime
Stir in the chopped coriander and serve
This can be as hot as you want it to be so if you’re got a robust constitution or you just need to sweat like Rupert Murdoch on Newsnight then pile those chillis in there – but don’t say I didn’t warn you!