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You are probably living under a rock if you haven't heard of avocados — the green berry fruit from Mexico, which is currently on a global domination mission as everyone who's anyone in the food business wants to take a bite of it.
While it's debatable who was the first person to make it famous in the digital world, clearly the benefits are too hard to ignore. An avocado is rich in antioxidants and is supposed to be a good source of Vitamin C, E, and K. It's supposed to keep your heart healthy and lower your blood pressure, so you can actually eat it without any worries.
If you go online and look for avocado dishes, chances are you'll come across avocado toasts, burgers, popsicles or even an Avolatte (avocado latte). For Delhi-based Chef Pawan Bisht, the most-unusual avocado food he has spotted in India is "an avocado parantha". He says, "I came across an avocado parantha in a restaurant menu recently in Mumbai, and I saw a lot of places selling avocado Kathi kebab rolls in the eateries."
Chef Bisht adds, "This food trend has really picked up in the Indian food scene, and guests now want avocado in everything — from their dips to their salad to their chaats, sushi and mains. It has been declared as the superfood of the year and will continue to rise as a food trend across the world. Even on Instagram, one of the most popular hashtags is avocado on toast."
Although avocados are topping food popularity charts, the pocket pinch is pretty high. Right now, it's mostly available in top-tier metro cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru, but it's slowly reaching other cities, too.
Here are two easy avocado DIY recipes by Chef Bisht. Do try them out and let us know if it's worth the hype.
Avocado, Mango and Chicken Salad
Take a mixing bowl and add all the ingredients. Mix well and adjust the seasoning. Take a serving plate. Place the lettuce and put the mixture in the centre. Serve with toasted bread.
Avocado and Pok Choy Smoothie
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Take all the ingredients and put in a blender. Blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Serve chilled.