The other day while walking across a market, I found all fruit shops and stalls loaded with mangoes. Summer has finally hit Pakistan and without any doubt this season is all about wearing vibrant scarfs, painting your nails in bright colours, and eating mangoes. Fancy luscious hair and radiant skin? Grab a bowl of mango slices! The king of fruits is naturally loaded with vitamins, minerals and proteins which of course are great for your skin, nails and hair. Today we are bringing you three different ways to include mango in your diet, these recipes are particularly good for the upcoming month of Ramadan.
KERI KA SHARBAT
This traditional mango drink works as an excellent summer cooler. Say farewell to your boxed squashes and cola drinks and make this sharbat a part of your summer routine. The best thing about it is that you can preserve it in your fridge or freezer and use it for a good week or so. This Ramadan, make this sharbat a part of your iftar table. A splash of freshness after fasting in a hot day!
Raw mangoes – 1 kg
Sugar – 1 kg
Water – 1 liter
1- Peel raw mangoes, discard the seeds and cut them into cubes.
2- Take a large pot, throw in all three ingredients in it and put it on medium heat for 10 minutes.
3- Turn off the heat after 10 minutes and allow the mixture to cool down.
4- Blend everything together with the help of a electric hand blender, leave some mango chunks in it, if you like.
5- Once everything is blended, cook it once again for 2 minutes only.
6- Once it cools down, pour it into plastic bottles and store in refrigerator.
7- While serving add water and ice as per your liking.
Mango lassi is one of the most popular summer drinks of Punjab. A rich, creamy and smooth combination of yogurt and mangoes is the perfect way to get all nutrients that your body require in one single glass. Give this to your kids in breakfast or include this in your sehri menu during the month of Ramadan, you will stay energetic and fresh all day long.
Mangoes (cut in cubes) – one bowl
Milk – 1 glass
Yogurt – ½ glass
Sugar – 3 tbsp
Almonds (crushed) – 6-7
Ice cubes – as required
Blend everything together until smooth.
Serving: 2-3 glasses
Summers and frozen desserts go side by side. Try this traditional form of ice cream that is absolutely free from any added food colouring or preservative. The procedure is amazingly easy and the end result results would be great enough to wow your family. Perfect treat for an evening or mid-day family time!
Milk – 3 cups
Sugar – 1/4th cup
Khoya – 1/4th cup
Full Cream Sweetened Condensed Milk – 1 small tin (almost 150 g)
Mango puree – 1 cup
Green Cardamon Powder – 1 pinch
Crushed Almonds – as per taste
Crushed Pistachios – as per taste
1- Take a sauce pan and pour milk into it. Add cardamon powder and bring it to a boil.
2- Reduce the heat to minimum, add sugar, khoya and condensed milk to it and let it simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.
3- Keep stirring until the mixture thickens.
4- Turn off the heat and let your mixture cool completely at room temperature.
5- Once the mixture is cooled, add mango puree, crushed almonds and pistachios in it and mix it well.
6- Pour your kulfi mixture into your kulfi molds and freeze for minimum 8 hours.
Serving: This recipe will make approximately 6 kulfis, depending on the size of your mold.