Did you ever go to Trader Joe’s and wonder about a product, but missed the day they offered samples? Or maybe you were curious about an ingredient but not sure how to use it?
For starters, you should know that you can ask any store employee to let you sample their products, and they will open anything just for you. So you don’t have to go through the trouble of purchasing something, deciding you hate it, and then have to make another trip to return it. But if you don’t want all that fuss, we’ll do the dirty work and all you have to do is say yes.
Today I’m going to tell you about this fantastic new sauce I accidentally discovered. It’s called Amba Mango Sauce and it’s probably not what you think. Before tasting this sauce, I imagined it would be perfect as a marinade and possibly mimic a pepper jelly or a mango chutney. I thought it would be really sweet. Surprisingly it’s not.
Made with a mix of green and ripe mangoes that are fermented then simmered with garlic, salt, turmeric, paprika, and some other Indian spices, it’s very mild on the mango flavor. It’s creamy and curry-like, with a bit of spiciness. This fermented mango concoction doesn’t have much power as a marinade, though. It works much better as condiment and it will be a grill out staple in my kitchen this summer.
Here’s a super easy recipe I created that’s perfect for warm weather days and keeps well in the fridge:
Amba Carrot Chicken Salad
3-4 carrots shredded
1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
½ cup Trader Joe’s Amba Mango Sauce (or use as much as you like)
2 tbsp chopped Cilantro (optional)
Salt to taste (optional)
Makes about 2 servings
Wash and peel the carrots. Next, shred carrots with a cheese grater or food processor that has a shredding attachment. Tear the chicken into shreds. Add Mango sauce, stir together until everything is coated, and sprinkle with cilantro.
Eat this alone as a salad or turn it into a wrap. You can omit the chicken and add some mung bean sprouts or Persian Cucumber for a totally vegan meal. This also tastes even better after storing in the fridge overnight.
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