I know. I know. No one wants a guacamole recipe. Its not even a recipe anymore. Who doesn't make guacamole?
This Mexican dip has made its way into the homes of people all around the world. But to me, it is also one of the things I would eat as my last meal. I'm surprised myself that I feel this way about a humble guacamole.
About 4 years back, when my world didn't really revolve around cooking, I read and heard a lot of buzz about guacamole. With a lot of thought and skepticism I picked some avocados at a cost I don't even want to remember. Ignorant as I was, they lied around in the fridge for a couple of days, until I almost pushed myself to use them up.
They looked not the pale clear yellow that I thought they should, but rather a brownish ugly looking fruit. I thought something was wrong. But what the heck, may be these are different kind of avocados I assumed. And before I make a guacamole, I wanted to know how the fruit tasted. I spit up on my first bite. And as you can expect I turned my face against avocados for what I thought would be forever.
Few months passed and on a odd day while grocery shopping, I bumped into some relatively cheap avocados. Though every part of my mind screamed against the decision, I just bought them home on intuition. Having time on hand, as soon as I got home I split them open. Yes, yes, they did look like they should. Pale clear yellow. And I took my second bite of the fruit and I didn't spit. Mind you I didn't spit, but I was not too impressed. I said to myself " Yeah! it isn't bad but what's the hype about?"
I anyway went along making my first ever guacamole and have never looked back since. It has become a regular entree in our house and one that feels like was always a part of our life. Slowly, I learned to use avocado in way too many forms and found a new love each time.
Four years down the line, though I have come to love avocado and its versatility, my first love still is the GUACAMOLE! And if there is someone out there, as I was 4 years ago, I want you to try this and fall in love.
Serves: Just Me
2 medium sized avocado
2 tbsp red onions (finely cubed)
4 tbsp tomatoes/1 small tomato
1/2 clove of garlic (very finely minced)
1/4 tsp cumin powder (optional)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp cilantro/coriander
1 Jalapeno pepper or any green hot pepper of your choice *
1/2 -1 lime(juice)
* Exported fresh jalapeno costs arms and legs here.I usually end up using pickled jalapeno which works great. What also works great is any local green hot pepper. I have used the tiny Indian green chilly with success and this time a much larger locally grown green chilly. They all work fine.
Scoop out the avocados using a melon scoop. Mash it with the back of a spoon.
Serve with tortillas for an ultimate snack. Spread it on toast, for a bright morning. Serve with tacos.