Whip up guacamole
There’s nothing better than guacamole, if you can get ripe-enough avocados, that is. The ones we get here in Karachi are Sri Lankan imports. This is a tad ironic, because the climate in Sindh is completely conducive to growing them locally. However, the lack of a market may be a contributing factor to avocados being imported.
Avocados are high in calorie, but 40 percent of it is dietary fiber. It’s also high in fat, but it’s the good kind of fat: monosaturated that helps lower cholesterol, says WebMD. And it tastes absolutely fabulous!
The most popular, and easiest, way to eat an avocado is to whip up a quick guacamole. The hardest part though is sourcing an avocado that’s ripe enough to make one. The best way to find out if your avocado is the “One” is to remove the stem. If it’s green on the inside, it passes step 1. Next, press gently on the fruit with your thumb. If it leaves an indentation, it’s good to go.
Scooping out avocado pulp is amongst the most fun parts of making guacamole. Use a small sharp knife to cut lengthwise along the middle of the fruit until you hit the seed. Twist both halves in opposite directions to separate then and coax out the seed. You may need to use the point of the knife into the pulp along the seed to dislodge it. Once that’s done, use a spoon to scoop out the flesh. Don’t neglect the darkest green parts of the fruit closest to the peel, because that’s where most of the nutrients lie.
Once the fruit is scooped out into a deep bowl, you’re halfway there. Add lemon juice and salt to the avocado chunks and mash coarsely with the back of a spoon. Once you’ve arrived at a chunky creamy texture, add diced and deseeded tomatoes, a tablespoon of chopped onion, chopped coriander, a chopped sweet red pepper and mix. Garnish with a couple of coriander leaves and a sprinkling of red chili flakes and you’re done.
For a healthier meal, ditch the tortillas and use the guacamole as a spread on whole wheat toast or topped on brown rice for a healthy burrito bowl. Or simply spoon it up like I do.