As summer arrives summer and a India gets into a fruit frenzy with a variety of fresh fruits available to harvest and relish. Of these, the mango is a national favourite with many cities celebrating the season with mango festivals.
Northern and Central states are the key mango producing regions, some places even exporting a substantial number grown in the region. The tropical weather is well suited for growing mangoes and the fruits popularity has seen it used and enjoyed in different forms.
There is plenty of ingenuity in mango related cooking. One of the most famous varieties of Mango in India is called Alphonso, first brought to Konkan (on the Western Coast) and Maharashtra by Afonso de Albuquerque. Ever since, the fruit has been enjoyed by generations in many forms – as a snack, in drinks, savoury dishes and as dessert!
Here is an easy mango dessert dish right from the heart of Maharashtra – the Mango Sreekhand.
One of the quickest desserts you can whip up, everyone’s going to dive straight into a yummy summer season of mangoes.
2 ripe Alphonso Mangoes
1/3 cup Sugar
1 tbsp Milk
8 Oz Cream Cheese
A pinch of Saffron strands
1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder
Charoli for garnish (optional). They are also known as Buchanania seeds.
- Place the milk in a bowl, add the saffron, and gently warm through (you can microwave this for 30 seconds). This way all saffron extract will get dissolved in warm milk.
- Next peel the mangoes and cut into small chunks. Slice the cream cheese it into similar sized chunks as the mangoes (ideally leave the cream cheese to stand at room temperature for about an hour befor you do this).
- Blend the cream cheese, mangoes, sugar, cardamom and the milk-saffron mixture together to make a thick smoothie.
- Place into a serving bowl and garnish with Charoli. Ideally leave to chill and serve this cold – it tastes even better. The consistency should be thick and not smoothie like once chilled (so you have to scoop with a spoon).
- Sreekhand can also be served with hot pooris (fried Indian bread).
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