Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tropical smoothie

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




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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!


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15 Minute Easy Tropical Smoothie 

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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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