Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tropical smoothie

Creamy rich tropical smoothie with saffron and cardamom - it smells like spring.


It's here…it's finally here - Spring !! The warm sunny skies,  the kiss of the morning light …not waking up to dark cold skies. Well….all true except it's raining n' pouring and it feels cold and the sunny skies are not in sight. I'm not complaining as we had a glorious weekend and I was out most of the day, photographing cherry blossoms, glad I did as it's pouring now and most of the flowers will not hold this  downpour. Well, those of you who are not fortunate to live in the midwestern US ( heavy sarcastic tone) will wonder what am I fussing about. Well, if you live nine months indoors in cooooooold temperatures, summer is more like a festival.

In between all the walking and wandering, I did mange to stock up the refrigerator with the essentials … saw this huge stack of mangoes at the grocery store…it transported me to Indian summer. Growing up in lucknow we were always eating  - dasheri, lagada, totapuri  aam ( varieties of mango). I never ever realized in my past life that one day I would be yearning for mangoes. Well, you get mangoes in  the US …it's not really the best quality of mango. Let me put it this way, if it was sold in India - no one would touch it.

Summer vacations was all about mangoes and play….all we did was play outside in the hot summer sun. I remember my mom would always say, "you will get dehydrated and sick", nothing really happened - we were tough kids. Now, when I see my teen turn on the air in the car, I wonder ….what a difference a generation has made. It is not just her,  my nephew in Delhi, kids in my mother's neighborhood in India, it's almost everywhere. None of them actually even eat mango like it should be - they want it chopped and with a fork. I am proud to admit that fork was  is my last option, I still want to bite into my mango…oh yumminess.

There is definitely something about growing up climbing mango and lychee trees !! As much as I love my gadgets and all the possibilities in this internet world. I think, we have paid a price, especially our kids…. we have become so sterilized in our behavior and activities - it's all pre planned. There is no room for spontaneity. I'm not sure if every generation feels this way…I hope it is that way!


15 Minute Easy Tropical Smoothie 


  • 1 banana
  • 2 ripe mangoes chopped
  • 3/4 cup papaya chopped
  • 1/4 cup  frozen pineapple 
  • 5 pods of green cardamom powdered
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • ginger 1/2 inch peeled 
  • saffron strands or turmeric 
  • 2-4 tbsp honey (optional)
Takes ,
serves 4 (6 oz)

If pineapple is tart - use coconut milk. It might curdle cow's milk


  1. Peel banana, pineapple, papaya and mango. 
  2. Chop
  3. Add ingredients to blender
  4. Blend till smooth - serve chilled 

Additions : you can add protein powder of your choice.

Vegan version : instead of cow's milk use almond milk !! 

Tip : Freeze all the fruits, add milk blend…smoothie in minutes for rushed weekday mornings. 



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  1. That's my kind of smoothie, with all my favourite fruits in it. Beautiful clicks as always

  2. Oh Simi, we just moved to Arizona and how I miss those cold dark days of winter that I used to crib about when I had them. The grass in neighnour's yard, as they say, is always greener. One would think that all this heat and sun would at least do some good to them when it comes to mangoes. But it certainly doesn't. Sigh!

  3. Love the spring pictures... I miss nature here, it is all dessert, so your pictures are so cooling to the eyes! And that smoothie has all my favorite fruits in there. Last night I had a smoothie bowl with everything mentioned above except the papaya, it was amazing! As usual beautiful pics...

  4. Gorgeous pictures and heavenly smoothie! Although everything is green here, we are still waiting for spring (it's cold)...



  5. Loved the beautiful pictures of spring...It was so soothing to the eyes and mind as I sit here boiling hot in this summer....And that smoothie...looks amazing and I know by its ingredients that it would be delicious too

  6. Where the hell I was when this was posted? :O It's so floral, so perfect and so airy - your photos shout loudly - SPRING IS HERE - love the soft tone here.


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