A fabulous, decadent & gorgeous Mango drink named after a legendary beauty from Western India! It is the perfect refreshment for an Indian Summer!
The husband is back from India and it seems like he brought back sunshine and warmth! Blue skies, temperatures up to 21 C and not a rain cloud in sight! These days are what my Spring dreams are made of!
We’ve just had a long 4 day weekend and it has been just glorious! There have been long walks, visits to far away and nearby parks, barbecues, gardening…bliss! I’m just using too many exclamation marks, aren’t I?
Since the husband was in Mumbai this time smack in the middle of a blazing Indian Summer and more importantly, Mango season, I
threatened cajoled him enough for him to bring back a dozen of the best quality Alphonso mangoes.
Alphonso mangoes are arguably the best mangoes you will ever taste! Fragrant enough to fill your home with the most enticing aroma while they ripen and spectacularly sweet. If you have never had one, you need to beg or bribe your Indian friends, colleagues or neighbours to procure one for you! Stat!!
I haven’t had one of these in over 5 years, so you can imagine my glee at getting my hands on a dozen! To ensure that the rapidly ripening mangoes had a longer shelf life (how many could the three of us eat in 1 day without falling sick?), I peeled and seeded them and froze the pulp.
So now, I have Alphonso mango on demand for the next few weeks and the warm weather meant that we could enjoy them in the form of some cool treats. To celebrate these marvellous mangoes, I made a gorgeous drink that is all about the mango.
A drink that is named after a legend from Indian, in particular Maharashtrian, history, a lady who was famed for her beauty and her courage, Mastani. Mastani was the second wife of the 18th century Maratha general and prime minister, Peshwa Bajirao.
Their story is straight out of a Bollywood musical. Oh wait, there was a Bollywood musical made about them recently! There is romance, intrigue, politics and battles galore.
Bajirao was a Hindu, he was the Prime Minister of the Maratha empire and the general of its army, making him more powerful than even the Maratha Emperor, Shahu. He was also married…
And then he fell in love with Mastani, a Muslim warrior princess, whose kingdom he had helped to defend against the Mughals from the north. As expected, his family and the Maratha establishment did not take kindly to this union. There were attempts to murder Mastani and she was also imprisoned for a while when Bajirao was away at war.
Bajirao died of a sudden illness, when he was just 39, while he was away on a campaign. And Mastani followed soon after. It is uncertain whether she died of a broken heart or if she committed suicide. Tragic, isn’t it?
So, back to this drink: the reason it is called Mastani is supposedly because the guy who created it thought it was beautiful, just like Mastani. It is a very popular drink in Pune, which was the seat of the Peshwa rule. And it is delicious!
It is basically a thick milkshake with the heady, intense flavor of mangoes, combined with vanilla ice cream, chopped nuts and fruits. I have prettied it up further with some edible violas and cherry blossoms. Bajirao would approve, I think!
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- 1&1/2 cups chopped Mango pieces or Mango pulp (I used Alphonso mangoes)
- ¾ cup Milk, chilled
- Sugar as per taste (optional, skip if mangoes are sweet)
- 4 scoops Vanilla Ice cream
- Chopped Nuts, to garnish
- Pomegranate Arils or Cherries, to garnish
- Edible Flowers, to garnish (optional)
- In a blender, blend together the mango pieces or pulp with the milk and 2 scoops of Vanilla ice cream.
- Check the sweetness and add sugar, if desired. Blend again till combined.
- Pour the milkshake into 2 serving glasses.
- Top each glass with a scoop of Vanilla ice cream.
- Garnish with the nuts and pomegranate arils or cherries.
- Top with edible flowers, if using.
- Serve immediately.
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Sharing this deliciousness at Angie’s Fiesta Friday with this week’s co-hosts Ahila @ A Taste of Sri Lankan Cuisine and Diann @ Of Goats and Greens and at Saucy Saturdays with Dini, Jennifer, Swayam and Christine.