August 18, 2011


Say YES to Avocado. You can satisfy both your taste buds and eat healthy with this dish. Guacamole is an Avocado based dip. I use it as a dip for chips and also in burgers, sandwiches, burritos and wraps for an interesting and healthy, fresh twist !!
Avocado helps increase good cholesterol (HDL) in your body and its abundant in vitamins and minerals.
I usually get intimidated when it comes to buying a fresh avocado so here are a few tips for you. The best way to tell if a Avocado is ready for immediate use is to gently squeeze the fruit in the palm of your hand. Ripe, ready-to-eat fruit will be firm yet will yield to gentle pressure. Avoid fruit with dark blemishes on the skin or an over-soft fruit. To ripen Avocado, place the fruit in a plain brown paper bag and store at room temperature until ready to eat (usually two to five days). Soft ripe fruit can be refrigerated until it is eaten, but not for more than two or three days.

Serves 6-8

2 - Ripe Avocado
1/2  - Tomato
1 Tbsp - Lime Juice
1 - Green chilly (minced)
1/2 - Onion (approx 1/2 C)
Salt to taste
Cilantro for garnish
How to cut an Avocado?
Grip the avocado gently on one side with your hand. Cut the avocado lengthwise around the seed. Open the two halves to expose the pit.Gently tap the pit with the blade of the knife. Make sure you use enough force so that the knife edge wedges into the pit, but not into your hand.I generally just tap it very gently a few times, each with increasing pressure, until the knife sticks in the pit.Twist the pit out of the avocado with the knife blade and discard. Scoop out the avocado flesh with a spoon

Mash the Avocado leaving it slightly chunky. Toss in the remaining ingredients and mix. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to prevent air oxidation. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy !!

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