August 10, 2016 lyukum

Aam Kasundi | Green Mango, Green Chiles, and Mustard Sauce

Aam Kasundi, Mustard and Green Mango Sauce

Love for Mustard?

I’ve been always curious about differences and similarities of neighboring countries cuisines. Differences are interesting in particular. I also know how dangerous it is to make any assumptions after just a peek inside an unknown cuisine. Yet, I dare to say the use of mustard stands out for me in traditional Bangladeshi cuisine more than anything else. Shorsher tel (mustard oil) is one of the primary cooking mediums. Mustard pastes are often an essential part of food preparation. Mustard seeds are part of Bangladeshi 5-spice mix panch phoron (equal parts of whole seeds: fenugreek, nigella, cumin, black mustard, fennel), and most of dishes are started with tempering it in mustard oil or ghee. One of the most popular dishes in Bangladesh is Shorshe Ilish, Hilsa fish in mustard sauce. Google the recipes and read the comments — there are many arguments about almost every recipe from the authenticity point of view. Use of ingredients and cooking methods are guarded and respected. At the same time, life brings Bangladeshi people to other countries, they crave for their favorite food, and they experiment what is available to reproduce it.

“Now here in the US, I get my yearly supply of Kasundi from India. This means I use it with much care, using it sparingly and trying to get most for the tablespoon of kasundi I use. I cannot be as generous with kasundi as I can be with soy sauce. The niggling doubt of what-if-my-stash-of-kasundi-does-not-last-until-Ma-visits consumes me on my worst days.”

Yep, when it comes to food, we all are definitely from the same planet! Anyway. All that mustard affair got me thinking. Are those of us, who are not mustard fans, missing something? I made kasundi, and than cooked salmon with mustard sauce. The taste was so exciting, I feel obligated to add both recipes to my collection!

I asked it on Facebook and asking the same question here: Do I have people crazy about mustard flavors among those who follow this feed? Do I have mustard haters? If you keep a few mustard condiments in your pantry and consider yourself a mustard aficionado, would you be interested to try kasundi? (Note: If you think about substitutions, unripe green mango tastes like unripe green apple, and the mustard oil from India is not very mustardy, to tell you the truth.)

Aam Kasundi | Green Mango, Green Chiles, and Mustard Sauce
Aam Kasundi, Mustard and Green Mango Sauce
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Prep Time 30min
Passive Time 20min
Servings oz
Aam Kasundi, Mustard and Green Mango Sauce
Print Recipe
Prep Time 30min
Passive Time 20min
Servings oz
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Soak mustard seeds in cold water for 20-25 minutes.
    Soaking Mustard Seeds
  2. Peel and grate mango. Chop green chiles. Measure the rest of ingredients, reserve 1 tbsp of mustard oil.
    Aam Kasundi, Mustard and Green Mango Sauce
  3. Strain soaked mustard seeds. Place all the ingredients (except for reserve mustard oil) in a blender jar (or another small wet grinder) and blend in one go until processed, but coarse. Check seasoning and adjust to taste. Transfer to a sterilized glass jar, add reserved mustard oil on top, and close the lid. Mature for two days in room temperature and store refrigerated after that for a few months.
Recipe Notes

About Bangladeshi Cuisine

American Chefs Discover Mustard Oil: an important read for those who get scared by the label "for external use only"

Making Kasundi with video.
Making Kashundi at Bong Mom — my inspiration.

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