Weekend Treats: Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi, Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

Mango Lassi is perhaps the best Summer drink, for the hot summer in India.

The flavour and aroma of the ripe mangoes, combined with homemade curd or yogurt can be prepared in less than 5 minutes.

No need to add sugar, as the mangoes are sweet enough. But, if you are making it for the kids, you can add a little bit of sugar or honey.

You can also add saffron or cardamom powder for added flavour.

For the best fruit based smoothies, always go for fresh fruits.

Wash and peel the mangoes, and purée them in a blender.

Add curd and 3 to 4 ice cubes and blend again.

Usually the mango pulp and curd can be taken in equal quantity.

1 cup mango pulp + 1 cup curd

But, you can have your choice, whether to increase the mango pulp, or increase the amount of curd, according to the person, for whom you are making this delicious and nutritious drink.

©Chitrangadasharan

Weekend Treats: Mango Delights

The King of Fruits: Indian Mangoes, Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

The sweet coo-coo of the Cuckoo or the Asian Koel in the morning reminded me, that it’s the season of Mangoes, the King of fruits in India.

Yes, the Koel announces the arrival of mangoes, and passing through the villages, while on a road trip, you can have the pleasure of experiencing the unmistakable aroma of the ripe mangoes.

Who doesn’t love it’s sweet and Royal taste! I think everyone, irrespective of their age, love the season of mangoes, and want to enjoy as many of them, as possible, because it’s a seasonal fruit.

Raw or ripe, mangoes are a versatile fruit, with recipes of many possibilities.

In India, it has religious and spiritual significance too, and it’s leaves are considered auspicious for puja ( worship), or Toran ( door decorations, to welcome good luck).

Mangoes are not only delicious, but they are full of nutritional value.

Raw mangoes are good for pickles, chutneys, and is beneficial against Sun stroke and dehydration. Aam paana, with mint leaves is a popular drink, made in almost every household in India, during the summer season.

You may eat the ripen mangoes, as it is, or turn them into varieties of desserts, shakes, etc.

If you are interested to know more about the King of fruits, or some interesting recipes, please do follow the following link, for further details.

Enjoy this season of mangoes.

Easy, yummy Ripe Mangoes Recipes

©Chitrangadasharan