Summer is synonymous with mangoes. Did you know India is the largest producer of mangoes in the world? Alphonso, Badami, Chaunsa, Dasheri, Kesar, Langra, Himsagar, Raspuri, Neelam are only a few of the varieties to be named. 

Apart from the heavenly taste, mangoes also provide an array of health benefits like improving eyesight, digestion, and skin. For most of us, the only reason we look forward to this hot, sultry summer is that we will be getting to feast on juicy, delicious mangoes. It’s no wonder that the colour of summer is also yellow. 

Mangoes are great to eat by themselves, and also work beautifully as side dishes, entrées, desserts and dips. There’s a reason we call it the king of fruits. 

Here are 5 super easy mango recipes which are perfect for the mango maniac inside you.

Mango Smoothie

Mango smoothie is a cool, refreshing summertime drink to quench your thirst. It’s super easy, takes just a few minutes to make and is tasty and healthy at the same time.

Ingredients:

  • Mango
  • Banana
  • Milk
  • Ice cubes

Chop up the mango and banana into small pieces. Throw them into a blender along with milk and ice cubes. You can use orange juice or yogurt instead of milk if you want. Blend them together until it turns into a creamy liquid. Your mango smoothie is ready. Serve chilled. 

Mango Muffin

Who doesn’t love muffins? These tiny, cute cupcakes can steal anybody’s heart, especially if they are infused with everybody’s favorite fruit- mangoes.

Ingredients:

  • Mango
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Sugar 
  • Butter
  • Orange extract

Take out the mango pulp and juice. Mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a bowl. 

In a separate bowl, mix oil/butter, milk and eggs. For a vegetarian option, you can use whipped yoghurt or cream to replace eggs.  Combine both liquid ingredients and stir. Add the mango pulp. Whip the mixture with a beater until it turns smooth. Add a little orange extract for that extra tang. Grease the muffin tin/ muffin cups with butter/oil and fill them 2/3. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 mins at 200° C. Your sweet, warm mango muffins are ready to be devoured. 

Mango Shrikhand

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Popularly known as Aamrakhand, Mango Shrikhand is an Indian sweet dish made from yogurt and ripe mangoes and is the perfect dessert to treat yourself to in the summers.

Ingredients

  • Hung curd
  • Mango pulp
  • Green cardamom powder
  • Powdered sugar
  • Almond and pistachio

Mix the hung curd, mango pulp, powdered sugar and add a pinch of cardamom powder. Stir to make a smooth blend. (You can make hung curd at home by tying curd in a cloth and leaving it for 3-4 hours till all the water has drained out.) Refrigerate for 1-1 ½ hours. Top with almonds and pistachios. Serve chilled.

Mango salsa

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Mango salsa can be used as a festive topping, or you can call it a fruit salad, served as a healthy appetizer or as a condiment to complement the main dish. Sweet and tangy, the mango salsa is an Indian twist to the Mexican dish, a burst of flavors in your mouth.

Ingredients

  • Mango
  • Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Tomatoes
  • Jalapenos 
  • Lime 
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

Chop up the mangoes, onions, tomatoes, cilantro(coriander) and jalapenos and mix them together in a big bowl. Add a dash of lime and a pinch of salt. Drizzle some olive oil on top. Toss them together. Your easy-to-make mango salsa is ready. Get some nachos and dig in!

Mango Cream

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This is a no-cook, luscious mango cream dessert, which requires minimal ingredients, yet tastes like a slice of heaven. 

Ingredients:

  • Mangoes
  • Whipped cream
  • Sugar

Take out the pulp from some mangoes. Chop up the rest. You’re going to need both the pulp and the pieces. Add whipped cream to the mango pulp and stir gently to mix it evenly. If you have plain cream you can whip it with a hand blender or in a whisker until it forms ‘soft peaks’ to get whipped cream. 

This is going to be a layered dessert. Take a glass and put the chopped mango pieces at the bottom. Add a layer of the mango flavoured cream. Next, add a layer of chopped mangoes and repeat by adding alternate layers. Refrigerate for about an hour. Serve chilled. You can use sliced nuts, mint leaves, cherries as toppings or simply put a dollop of the whipped cream on top. 

Try out these simple, yet delicious mango recipes this summer and share them with your family and friends. Make a generous lot of literally ‘sweet’ memories to add your summer nostalgia suitcase. 

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