Mango Lassi Popsicles
Is it getting hot and humid in Bengaluru? Or am I the only one feeling it , living on the top most floor of our building??
Well, never mind - we humans have screwed the eco system for far too long, and its high time we do something about it soon. In another world - As I dived into my fridge shelves and freezer for a monthly deep clean, I stumbled upon frozen mango pulp, that lay hidden in a neatly wrapped tub since April. Oh! what I would give to eat fresh Badami, sweet, ripe mangoes today as a whole or with some hot puris :) Tadah - the fruit shop near Nilgiris had some fresh mangoes to satiate my desire.
Sigh!! Summer is 5 months away, but hey Christmas is round the corner so that means a different type of delicious food , isn't it???
So coming back to what I did with the thawed Mango pulp.
I could not use it in freshly churned ice cream, since it wouldn't end up as good as using the actual fresh pulp and making one. Mango rus and puri--Nah!! Flipping through one of my latest cookbook or new recipe book purchases called " Food 52 : Ice cream and friends" , I came upon this easy, healthy, yummy recipe. It's basically converting Lassi into a popsicle. If you're an old time Bengalurean, then you would have surely visited Sreeraj Lassi Bar and had a nice thick lassi with mango pulp - that was truly something!!
We all know the benefits of eating curd , its also considered as one of the super foods that you can pamper your body with. Mango is a low-calorie fruit that is high in fibre, and is a great source of vitamins A and C. It also contains folate, B6, iron and a little calcium, zinc and vitamin E. With that said - pretty much every cook in India would or should know how to make lassi, buttermilk and the likes, I guess. All you need is 5 ingredients to get this done and oh! a popsicle or kulfi mould helps. If you don't have one - simply freeze them in the ice cube tray and pop over when every you feel the need to cool down or have a super cool dessert :)
So here's what you need :
1.5 cups of Mango pulp (made by processing chunks of mango in a blender/ processor)
1 cup - full fat Greek Yoghurt
1 tbsp - Honey (adjust as per preference)
Pinch of salt
Pinch of ground cardamon
2 tbsp - Pistachios (coarsely ground)
1/2 cup - chunks of fresh mango
Few saffron strands (optional)
1. Blend all the ingredients well enough to form a thick, flowy. homogenous mixture.
2. Stir in Cardamon and Coarsely ground powder.
3. Pour the mixture in to moulds into equal portions and let it set overnight.
4. De - mould, lick and enjoy!!
You can also make this Lassicles with any other fruit pulp of your choice. It's pure summer in a frozen pop.
Do try this recipe and let me know :)