Guacamole with Labneh

Thursday, October 20, 2016

I have a love-hate relationship with my blog, Yanbu, Mr F and Avocados. Avocados can test your patience just like the others listed. If you never had to cut open to an undesirable avocado, then consider yourself as spectacularly lucky. Undesirable here refers to unripe, rotten, overripe, bruised, stringed, etc that makes you go ewwww.

Back home, some 15 years ago we had our own Avocado tree. No one knew what it was until one fine day we saw a bunch of avocados hanging. My mom had got the sapling from Ooty and it took a few years to see its fruit which was new to us. Those days we had no internet and so we relied on asking our guests and finally it was recognised as butter fruit. Yeah! Did you know avocados are also called as butter fruit? We used to scoop, add sugar and eat right out of the skin. But unfortunately, we had to cut down that tree as its roots were damaging our underground water tank.

Guacamole with Labneh

Back to my love-hate relationship. You can never rely on these avocados as it is never ready-to-eat when we want it to be ready. I have been guilty of picking too many and hardly use them as either its gone bad or never ripens making me believe it is dead. :-) So, like always, I sat and read a lot, I mean a lot of articles on the internet about avocados. How to pick, check, save, store, speed the ripening process, slow the process etc. Everything you want to know about avocado is there for you on the internet. Making time to learn how to deal with your love and taking care of your love will help you keep loving forever. Isn't it? :-P

Today, I am sharing the simple recipe for a bowl of Guacamole made with Labneh. So easy, you can make this in a jiffy. The classic guacamole has lemon juice which acts as an agent to stop the oxidation process which causes avocado flesh to brown when it gets in contact with air. Labneh or yoghurt will also help in keeping the avocado flesh fresh.

I make dips similar to this and use it to spread the burger buns, cold sandwiches, or for a movie night with loads of crackers. This time, I have served for breakfast with those German bread and fruits. Also, a few leftover date energy bites!

How to make Guacamole with Labneh

INGREDIENTS

2 ripe avocados (medium size)
2 heaped tablespoons labneh
Salt to taste
1/2 medium tomato - inside flesh removed and chopped finely
2 tablespoon chopped onion
1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
a fistful of chopped coriander leaves or parsley

METHOD

  1. Cut the avocado vertically and remove the seed
  2. Use a spoon and scoop out the avocado flesh and blend using mixer grinder or use a fork and mash them down to pulp 
  3. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and give it a good stir
  4. Taste and adjust salt accordingly 
  5. Serve immediately with favourite chips, crackers, toasted bread, sandwich, etc 
Easy right?

New to labneh? It is strained yoghurt like Greek yoghurt. You can use thick yoghurt too. 

Guacamole with Labneh

Now, if you are the lazy type or busy with no time to research on your own, here are some tips that helped me keep my last batch of avocados perfect and we got to devour each one of them. Btw, I pick only 3 at a time and that gives me a dip, smoothie, and sandwich in a course of a week of two. 

Tips to pick: 
Place the avocado in the palm of your hand. Gently squeeze without applying any pressure on your fingertips. If the avocado yields to the gentle pressure in your palm you know it's ripe and ready-to-eat and should be consumed within a day or two. You can keep them refrigerated to slow down the ripening process. Another trick is to check the stem end of the avocado. Remove the stem-end thing and if it is all green and fresh, then it is a good one. If it is black then leave it and pick another. The only drawback is you will gain everyone's' attention at the aisle! :-D

Tips to ripen: 
Place the firm unripe avocado with a banana in a paper bag and keep it inside the microwave. Well anywhere else, I would forget! 

In case you cut a not-so-ripe avocado, make something out of it instead of throwing it away or putting it back to ripen as it will only make it worse.

If you see black strings in the flesh, it is not a bad thing, but throw it anyway as it tastes yuck. Apparently, the strings are caused because the fruit was not mature.

Any other doubts? Shoot me your questions!

Until then, keeping loving... 


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