I give you here the original Mexican recipe for guacamole. Guacamole literally means “avocado puree”. guaca being the abbreviation of aguacate “avocado”. Don’t look for the special spices, as they are normally absent from this recipe! Tomatoes, onions, coriander leaves, chillies, lime and avocado are the only ingredients needed to make a very tasty guacamole (pronounced gouacamole)!
Guacamole” recipe for 4 people:
-2 ripe avocados
-1 white onion
-the juice of half a lime
-tabasco (or a small red pepper bird)
-Cumin powder (optional, as it is not normally used in Mexican recipes)
It is important to find really ripe avocados! The best is of course to find a typical big avocado from Central or South America! You can find this one at Tang frères for example but I know that they are more and more easily found in very large supermarkets. However, you will only need one and maybe even a few more of the other ingredients (like 2 tomatoes…)!
Cumin is not in the original guacamole recipe, although there are guacamole spices, but every time I ate guacamole in Mexico, there was none! So notice to the purists!
Open and pit the avocados.
Collect the flesh with a tablespoon and place in a large bowl. Mash with a fork (not with a blender!!).
Add the tomato (keeping the juice, which is acidic and will prevent the avocado from oxidizing) cut into pieces (small cubes).
Tabasco is easier and faster (especially after my misadventure with bird peppers and green curry!!! Burned hands for 2 days!). Put in a sufficient quantity.
Add the fresh coriander, washed. Cut the leaves with a knife. A good handful of cilantro is needed.
Add also the lime juice (half a lemon is enough) and a small white onion cut in very small pieces.
Mix everything together. Salt and taste to adjust ingredients. If you really can’t do without it, add a teaspoon of cumin powder (personally I can do it with small avocados, but if I buy a giant avocado, the taste is so delicious that cumin has no business being in the recipe!)
Place the guacamole in a bowl and place a cling film in direct contact to avoid oxidation.
Guacamole is eaten the same day!