Guacamole made with ripe avocados and some salsa ingredients with the addition of labneh can be served as a dip for chips or spread for sandwiches and burgers!
Back home, some during my school days we had our 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 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.
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 an undesirable avocado, then consider yourself spectacularly lucky. Undesirable here refers to unripe, rotten, overripe, bruised, stringy, etc that makes you go Ewwww. You can never rely on these avocados as it is never ready to eat when you want them to be ready. 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? 😛
How to ripen avocados?
Nowadays you can easily find ready-to-eat avocados at a higher price but for those who are smart, bring home the clean and firm avocados and help them ripe evenly with this hack. Place the firm unripe avocado with a banana in a paper bag and keep it in a dark undisturbed place in your kitchen. 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 too many 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 when harvested. Also, try to get locally harvested or those that haven't travelled a long distance to reach your market.
What is traditional guacamole made of?
Guacamole is an avocado-based dip, spread, or salad that originated in Mexico but has now become a favourite around the world. Traditionally, classic guacamole is made with ripe avocados mashed with salt and lime juice. Fresh cilantro (coriander leaves) and tomatoes may be added. Some modern variations have red onions and garlic added to the above list.
How to make Guacamole with Labneh
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 lime 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 and helps to add a creamy volume to the dish.
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. I served with toasted bread and fruits, on burger buns, with nachos, etc.
Guacamole with Labneh Recipe
- 2 ripe avocados (medium size)
- 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
- 2 green chillies, finely chopped
- 1 small ripe tomato, finely chopped (you may remove the pulp)
- a fistful of fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice (adjust per taste)
- 2 heaped tablespoons labneh (optional)
- Salt to taste
- Cut the avocados lengthwise, open and discard the pit. Use a spoon to scoop out the avocado pulp and add them to a wide bowl.
- Add the rest of the ingredients like onion, tomato, cilantro (coriander), green chilli, labneh, lime juice and salt. Use a fork and mash them down to a pulp. Taste test and adjust accordingly by adding more lime juice or salt.
- Serve immediately with favourite chips, crackers, toasted bread, sandwich, tacos, etc.
Easy right?New to labneh? It is strained yoghurt similar to Greek yoghurt or hung curd. You can use thick yoghurt too.
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