Yes, I accept it. I am obsessed with Mangoes. After all, Mango isn’t called “Phalon ka Raja” or the King of Fruits for nothing! It is almost hypnotic in its taste and aroma and sweetness.
Today mangoes came to my rescue when I was feeling the 5 pm hunger pangs. Early evening hunger pangs are the worst – can’t eat anything heavy for that would ruin dinner, can’t ignore because it’s been 3-4 hours since lunch and you are really hungry. Hungry tummy wants yummy food, which often leads to unhealthy snacking.
But today I resolved to make something healthy for myself. Obviously involving mangoes. So, I experimented with some flavours that I thought might go well together and whipped up this smoothie. It was a stupendous success even if I say so myself. *Like a Boss* 😀 😀 😀
2 naturally ripe mangoes
10-15 leaves of Tulsi (Holy Basil or Ocimum Sanctum)
A pinch of cinnamon
Milk (for consistency and volume)
Honey – to taste
Step 1: Peel and dice mangoes, add to mixer jar.
Step 2: Break Tulsi leaves from twigs and add.
Step 3: Add a pinch of cinnamon, and grind everything together.
The mixture should look like this at this point:
Step 4: Add some milk and mix well. The consistency should be thin enough that it can be drunk from a glass, but not so thin that it turns into Mango Milkshake.
Step 5: Add honey to bring it to the desired sweetness. Mix it well.
Step 6: Serve in a pretty glass and enjoy its cool freshness on a summer evening!
Just look at that glass full of golden gorgeousness, with small bits of green leaves strewn through it 🙂 This smoothie is very filling, one glass and my “I want to eat two horses” hunger was gone! It’s so yummy, the freshness and tang of fresh Tulsi leaves as well as the aroma and flavour added by cinnamon is divine.
This smoothie is very healthy too – no sugar, for one. Cinnamon (known as Twak in Ayurveda) is a precious gem from the treasure that is Ayurveda. It lowers blood sugar, controls cholesterol, helps in preventing cancer, helps in controlling yeast infections and also regulated bowel movements. Along with Honey, cinnamon can cure common cold and cough, and build immunity. Tulsi, or Holy Basil, is a godsend for cold. It is an antibiotic, and also great for skin. Do not underestimate the health benefits of naturally ripened mangoes either – mangoes help protect from heat strokes, are great for skin, lower cholesterol, and give you a good dose of Vitamin C, which is an anti-oxidant (anti-ageing compounds).
I am going to make this a regular in my summer snack and refreshment menu, and to think that it was an experiment!
I’d love to see some of your favourite mango dishes here? I look forward to your feedback and comments 🙂
Until next time, keep cooking and keep experimenting! 🙂