Asian sweet chilli, some chunks of mango, an onion, some ginger, rice, and chickpeas…
Would you imagine your ancestors using those random ingredients!?
Probably if my Italian granny could speak from the land of the souls would say: “What are you doing?” and would put a hand on her eyes to cut off a terrible vision … You know, Italians are very dramatic…
But if she could taste it, she would change her mind and look at me like: “What is this taste? It is not too bad!!!”
No, it is not too bad. I have actually enjoyed it so much and that’s why I am going to share this recipe with you.
We live in the globalisation era and, despite negative aspects of it, we can still enjoy the opportunity of having so many products from all around the world… Could you imagine English food without ‘foreign’ vegetables, fruit or spices?
I had Thai sweet chilli sauce, a mango coming from some hot countries, a local red onion, a bit of olive oil from Spain, salt from Tesco (I do not know from what sea it comes from), a tin of chickpeas from Italy, and some ginger powder from India.
I do not really know how come I thought of mixing these ingredients together. I think it is because it is spring and I wanted a bit of colours in my plate. I was also craving for sugars and I thought that sweet chilli and mango could mix very well together.
What I can say is that I experimented.
So this is what I have learnt tonight from my cooking experience: use your coolinary skills as a form of art and create! Combine ingredients and do not be afraid of failing. Create something unique because creation is what can save us from a uniformed globalised world!
How to prepare it:
Heat a a bit of olive oil in a pan and when it is hot, stir fry a finely chopped red onion. Add the chickpeas, a spoon of ginger powder, and salt. Stir everything and add half cup of rice. Add some water and cover the ingredients. From time to time stir them until the rice is cooked and the water evaporated.
Garnish the plate with sweet chilli sauce, add the chickpeas, and some chunks of mango on the top.
Your meal is ready. Buon appetito!