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Kay's House of Treats: Guacamole

Monday, March 17, 2014

Guacamole

I was just checking out my blog stats and I am done to about 20-40 pageviews a day from a considerably high number earlier. Just goes to show what happens if I don't update this blog on a regular basis (Ouch). 

But I am resolving to spend a bit more time on posting recipes since I have been receiving some amazing feedback on how much my recipes are being enjoyed by people! So just motivated to share more. Will probably start writing small introductions (I will try :p), and focus more on the recipe writing. 

Before I begin with the recipe, it is a sincere appeal to all readers who have tried avocados in their life & not liked them to give this recipe a try! Yes - avocados are bland & a little bit tasteless if you try them for the first time. But use them to make Guacamole and I can guarantee that at least the majority of you will be addicted converts! 


Guacamole Dip 
(Serve with Corn Chips/Tortilla Chips)

Ingredients:
1 ripe avocado
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste) 
1/2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
1-2 Jalapeno peppers, finely chopped 
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/2 ripe tomato, seeds & pulp removed, finely chopped 
1 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped) - reserve some for garnish
Tortilla Chips or Corn Chips for Serving 

Method:
1. Cut the avocado in half & remove the flesh. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh and put it in a small bowl. 
See this article on How to Cut and Peel an Avocado.
2. Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado. It should still be a little bit chunky so don't overdo it. Add lemon juice and salt. Add chopped onion, jalapeno peppers, coriander leaves, and tomatoes. Mix it all up.
3. Taste & adjust seasonings if necessary. If you like it hotter then add one more jalapeno pepper.
4. Cover with plastic wrap since avocados turn black very quickly. 

Note: When buying avocados, try to get when they are still firm and then put them in a brown paper bag to ripen. There are different ways to tell if an avocado is ripe depending from variety to variety, but the best method is through gently pressing the fruit.
  • If the avocado is ripe, it will yield to a minimal amount of pressure.
  • If the avocado feels soft/mushy, then it is overripe.
  • If the avocado feels firm, it is still under ripe. 
Avocados in Karachi can be found at Agha's, Farids and Hyperstar. They are quite expensive, but the cheapest I have found so far are at Aghas (Rs. 185 for one)

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