Each mango season, we are left with a lot of ripe mangoes.
And each time, we try to find different ways to use them up.
Obviously, it’s not a good idea to let them go to waste because ripe mangoes are delicious and can be used in so many different ways.
In this guide, let’s explore some of the different things you can do with ripe mangoes.
What To Do With Ripe Mangoes?
Here are some ideas on what to do with ripe mangoes –
1. Eat Them As Is
One of the simplest things you can do is cut them up and eat them as is.
Ripe mangoes are lovely on their own and make a great snack.
If you have too many of them, you can try out some of the other methods mentioned in the guide below.
But you should always try to eat some of them fresh because they’re just so good.
Aamras is a traditional Indian dessert made with mango pulp.
It’s very easy to make and is absolutely delicious.
All you need for this recipe are ripe mangoes, sugar, and milk.
The good thing about this delicacy is you can store it in the fridge and enjoy it for up to a week.
If you want to preserve it for a longer duration, you can even freeze it.
It stays fresh in the freezer for up to 4-5 months.
3. Mango Raita (Ambyache Raite)
Mango raita is a Maharashtrian delicacy that can be made with semi-ripe or fully ripe mangoes.
This is completely different raita from traditional curd-based raita.
In this dish, you will have to remove the mango skin and use the remaining mango for the preparation.
Once you remove the skin from the mangoes, you can prepare them in the tempering of red chilies, mustard seeds, asafoetida, and garlic.
Also, if the mangoes are not fully ripened, you can add some Jaggery to this preparation.
4. Mango Juice or Smoothie
This is another delicious way to use ripe mangoes.
For this preparation, you will need ripe mangoes, milk, and sugar (optional).
You can either make a smoothie or a juice with these ingredients.
Both are equally delicious and refreshing, so it’s up to you which one you want to prepare.
5. Mango Chutney
Mango chutney is a popular Indian condiment, which can be made with either ripe or unripe mangoes.
This dish is very easy to make and can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
All you need for this recipe are mangoes, sugar, vinegar, and spices like red chili powder, turmeric powder, and ground cumin.
You can serve this chutney with pretty much anything, from rice and rotis to snacks like samosas and pakoras.
6. Mango Lassi
Mango lassi is a delicious Indian drink made with mangoes, yogurt, milk, and sugar.
It’s very easy to make and is perfect for hot summer days.
You can surely make this drink at home, especially when you have too many ripe mangoes to finish.
Note: Mango lassi doesn’t store well, so it’s best to consume it immediately.
7. Cook Them In A Curry
You can also use ripe mangoes to make a delicious curry.
This recipe requires mangoes, onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and a few spices.
This curry goes well with rice as well as rotis.
If you want to make it a little more special, you can add some chicken or fish to the curry.
This is a great way to use up ripe mangoes and is sure to be loved by everyone in the family.
8. Mango Popsicles
Mango popsicles are a great way to use ripe mangoes, especially if you have kids at home.
They’re very easy to make and are an amazing alternative to store-bought popsicles.
You can prepare these popsicles using mangoes, yogurt, honey, and lemon juice.
You can also add some chopped nuts or seeds to the popsicles for an extra crunch.
9. Mango Jam
Mango jam is another delicious way to use ripe mangoes.
It’s very easy to make and can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
You can use this jam on toast, sandwiches, or even with pancakes.
For this recipe, you will need some mangoes, sugar, and lemon juice.
You can also add spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to the jam for an extra flavor.
As for storage, you can either store the jam in the fridge or can it for longer shelf life.
10. Mango Cake or Muffins
Mango cake or muffins can also be prepared with ripe mangoes.
They’re perfect for a summer picnic or a potluck party.
You can make this delicacy using ripe mangoes, flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, and butter.
Do add some nuts or seeds to the batter for an extra crunch.
You can also top the cake or muffins with a mango glaze or icing if you want.
Aamrakhand is an Indian dessert made with mangoes and yogurt.
For those who don’t know, this is nothing but a version of a well-known dessert called Shrikhand.
In this recipe, though, ripe mangoes are used along with other Shrikhand ingredients.
This makes the dish more delicious and refreshing.
Other than ripe mangoes, all you need for this recipe is yogurt, sugar, and saffron.
Saffron is optional, but it does give a nice flavor and color to the dish.
12. Store The Pulp
If you don’t want to consume these mangoes in any form, you can always store the pulp and use it later.
Ripe mangoes are very high in sugar content, which makes them perfect for baking.
So, you can use the mango pulp in cakes, muffins, or even pancakes.
You can also add the pulp to smoothies or yogurt to make a delicious preparation.
This pulp will easily last in the freezer for up to 4-5 months.
But if you want to use it more often, you can store it in small batches.
This way, you can take it out as and when you need it.
And you won’t have to worry about it going bad.
So, these are some of the best ways to use up ripe mangoes.
Do you have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments below!
Meanwhile, you can check out the FAQs related to mangoes in the following section.
Yes, you can freeze mangoes.
This is a great way to store them for later use.
But you should wash and cut the mangoes before freezing them.
You can also freeze mangoes in their peel, but it’s better to remove it before freezing.
The best way to store mangoes is in the fridge.
This will help them stay fresh for a longer period of time.
You can also store mangoes at room temperature, but they will not last as long.
So, it’s better to consume them within a few days.
If you have sour mangoes, you can use them to make pickles.
You can also make Aam Panna with them.
Aam Panna is a refreshing Indian drink made with mangoes, mint, and sugar.
There are many recipes that you can make with half-ripe mangoes.
Some of them are Mango Salsa, Aam Panna, Mango Chutney, and Mango Curry.
You can also use them in smoothies or yogurt preparations, but you need to add more sugar.
When you soak the mangoes in water, it helps in cooling them down.
The ripe mangoes generally contain more heat in their pulp, so soaking them in water helps to bring down the temperature.
You can soak the ripe mangoes for 5-6 hours before enjoying them in your meal.
But if you don’t want to wait for so long, you can also soak them for half an hour.
Over To You
Mangoes are undoubtedly one of the most loved fruits in the world.
Not only are they delicious, but they’re quite nutritious too.
And if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on some ripe mangoes, you should definitely make the most of it.
The above recipe ideas should give you a good starting point.
But if you have any other ideas, feel free to share them with us in the comments below.
You can also ask any questions related to mangoes in the comments section.
I’d be happy to answer them for you.
Please share this guide with anyone who loves mangoes as much as you do!