Enjoy the flavors of mango in a brand new avatar on the spice route, Delhi

Let’s admit it; summers are incomplete without a generous serving of our favorite fruit – the mango. Mangoes are reminiscent of our happy childhood – with us innocently gorging ourselves on slice after slice, and the sticky mango juice running down our elbows and spilling onto our lips. A single bite is enough to awaken sweet memories associated with this bright yellow fruit. If you’re a mango lover like us, you’re in for a treat at The Spice Route at The Imperial, New Delhi. Chef Veena Arora has created a special menu called ‘Mumma’s Mango Collection’ and invokes nostalgia by presenting the flavors of mango in a whole new avatar you could never imagine.

One of the most unique restaurants in town in terms of décor, The Spice Route exudes an aura of immense peace and spiritual healing. The walls are hand painted with natural dyes, designed to resemble the interiors of ancient Indian temples. The restaurant was designed to reflect the journey of spices from the Malabar Coast in Kerala to countries like Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Thus, the special Mango menu of the Spice Route also offers curries and recipes from these regions.

We started our meal with Yum Mamuang in the appetizer section of the menu. Similar to Som Tam, it was also a signature Thai salad with grated raw mango, spicy dressing and crunchy roasted peanuts. Mango lovers will really appreciate the Pasha Mangai Rasam, a Kerala-style broth made with lentils and fresh mango. The idea of ​​eating mango in the form of soup turned out to be an innovation. We really enjoyed this refreshing and light broth topped with chunks of fresh mango to look like crotons.

Yum Mamuang salad. Photo credit: NDTV Food

The main course on the Mango menu had an array of options from various countries. the Cari Allepey Mangai was heavenly and comforting with the goodness of coconut milk and fresh vegetables. the Ga Xao Hot God was another surprising concoction we enjoyed – a Vietnamese-style deep-fried treat with ripe mangoes and cashews with lots of Umami.


Curry Allepey Mangai. Photo credit: NDTV Food


Ga Xao Hot God. Photo credit: NDTV Food

the Curry Pasha Mangai Katrikai was the ultimate show-stealer. The tangy flavors of raw mango pair perfectly with baby eggplants in this Kerala-style delight topped with curry leaves. We paired our curries with the chef’s special Jasmine Rice with ripe mango cooked in coconut milk, as well as flaky Malabari Parottas.


Curry Pasha Mangai Katrikai. Photo credit: NDTV Food


Mango Jasmine Rice. Photo credit: NDTV Food


Malabar Parotta. Photo credit: NDTV Food

As for the desserts, our choice fell on the Khao New Mamuang – the classic Thai dessert consisting of sticky rice served with diced ripe mangoes, drizzled with creamy coconut milk and white sesame seeds. Every bite justified the hype around this wonderful candy.


Khao Neow Mamuang. Photo credit: NDTV Food

With mangoes being the focus of this menu, we thoroughly enjoyed every dish down to the very last bite. Despite the plethora of dishes we ate, the meal did not feel heavy at all. So indulge the mango-loving child in you with these heavenly delights for an unforgettable summer!

What: Mumma’s Mango Collection – Special Mango Menu

Where: The Spice Route at Imperial, Janpath, New Delhi-110001

When: May 15 to June 30, 2022.

Opening hours: Lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and Dinner: from 7 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Cost for two: INR 6000 + tax (without alcohol)

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