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I believe this to be my greatest discovery this summer. While I cannot honestly fathom how I did without this heavenly mango drink for so many years, I have a good mind to catch up on what I’ve been missing and I strongly urge you to do the same if you have not already done so. Mango mastani is a thick blend of fresh mango puree, chilled milk and vanilla ice cream topped with nuts, tutti fruit and candied cherries. I do not think that the term ‘milkshake’ really does it any justice to the mango mastani, which originates from Pune, Maharashtra in honor of the beautiful queen Mastani, wife of Maratha Peshwa Bajirao I. The love story of these ill-fated lovers has been over the years retold through novels, Tv series and movies, the most famous being Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, released in 2015. The recipe for this refreshing royal beverage, from Cook with Manali, has been tweaked to include mango sorbet as I was running short of vanilla ice cream and it serves to enhance the mango flavor, which can only be a good thing here.

MANGO MASTANI

Ingredients:

2 large ripe mangoes

1 cup whole milk, chilled

1/2 cup whipping cream

5-6 ice cubes, crushed or whole

2 tablespoons sugar, to taste

1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder

4 scoops vanilla ice cream

2 tablespoons chopped pistachios

2 tablespoons tutti frutti

2 glazed cherries

Few mango pieces

Method:

  • Peel the mangoes and remove all the pulp. Blend all the ingredients till smooth.

  • Pour into serving glasses, fill the glasses 3/4th leaving some space for ice cream.

  • Add 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream to each glass. Garnish with the chopped nuts.

  • Top with tutti frutti, mango and cherries. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings.

Mango Mastani

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Ever bought a strawberry milkshake? I never have bought or tasted one so I cannot honestly comment on how good or bad it is. My usual milkshake order at fast food joints is coffee or Oreo [if they have it] but I think they should get more creative with offerings like red velvet or apple cinnamon on their exhaustive menu.  This 100% homemade strawberry milkshake, from The Kitchn, was something I thought I should experiment with especially when it claims to be a killer one in both taste and looks. Thick and creamy, with real strawberries blended in for that delicate shade of pink, you will find neither fake colors nor fancy ingredients here. For the strawberry ice cream, I scraped generous scoops of Adelie Sorbet from Intermart into my blender but do try this with Häagen-Dazs Strawberry flavor, if you can find it.

STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE

Ingredients:

250g fresh strawberries

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 to 1 cup whole milk

1 tablespoon powdered milk

2 cups strawberry ice cream

Method:

  • Hull the strawberries and slice them. Sprinkle sugar over them and stir in vanilla.
  • Place in the freezer for about an hour. Put two pint glasses in the freezer to chill.

  • When the strawberries have frozen solid, put them in a blender with 3/4 cup milk.
  • Make sure you scrape in all the syrupy juice that has accumulated at the bottom.

  • Blend until strawberries are pulverized. There should be no big chunks left at all.
  • Add the milk powder and blend. This will just add a bit of richness and creaminess.

  • Take blender jar off the motor, add ice cream and stir it into the mixture by hand.
  • Put the jar back on the motor and blend thoroughly. Add more milk, if necessary.

  • Pour the milkshake out into chilled glasses and garnish with fresh strawberries.
  • Slurp immediately! This makes 2 large or 4 small milkshakes (about 32 ounces).

Killer Strawberry Milkshake

Do not skip breakfast, I repeat, do not skip breakfast! If you are really pressed for time, at least get into the habit of gulping down a smoothie before you head out or pour it into a handy container to drink on your way to work. Try this healthy and satisfying strawberry banana smoothie from Jessica Gavin to keep you energized throughout the day. If you prefer blueberries, this smoothie recipe from Love and Olive Oil is the one you will be making every morning.

I used almond milk for both smoothies making it suitable for vegans and lactose intolerant people as well as those wishing to cut down on calories and fat from cow’s milk. While the price tag may be somewhat prohibitive, you will be happy to know that you can often find almond milk cartons marked down to half price discounts at every end-of-month sales, so do keep an eye open for them in the organic section of your local grocery store or supermarket.

STRAWBERRY ALMOND MILK SMOOTHIE

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 large banana, sliced

1/4 cup almonds raw

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

2 cups strawberries, frozen

2/3 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon pure honey

Method:

  • Add all ingredients into a blender. Blend for about 90 seconds until the mixture is smooth.

  • Add more honey as needed. Top with chopped almonds, strawberry or bananas if desired.

  • Add more milk as needed to achieve desired consistency as recipe yields a thick smoothie.

 

BLUEBERRY ALMOND MILK SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

1 banana, peeled

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup almond butter

1/2 cup plain yogurt

3/4 cup almond milk

3 dates, pitted and chopped

1 cup crushed ice

Method:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender and purée on high speed until the mixture is smooth.

  • Add ice cubes and blend until the smoothie reaches your desired consistency. Makes 1 serving.

Almond Milk Smoothies

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