Healthy and Refreshing Mango Yogurt Dessert
It’s mango season here in India, and you have to see the feasting to believe it! Vendors are pushing their carts all over Delhi, carrying heaps of bright yellow mangoes. Children are delving into creamy mango ice cream, and even the toothless elderly can’t get enough of the succulent pulp.
Mangoes come laden with much more than their incredible sweet juicy taste. They offer an amazing array of health benefits: According to Ayurvedic healers, the reason mangoes flourish in summer is because they have such powerful cooling properties, guarding our dosha balance, keeping the digestive system healthy and protecting us from sun damage.
Here is my favorite mango recipe. Even as you read this, thousands of households across India are busy preparing and enjoying this summer treat.
MANGO YOGURT DESSERT (Hindi Name: Srikhand)
What You Need:
8 ounces plain yogurt, preferably home made and fresh
1 big ripe mango
a pinch of saffron (optional)
2 heaped teaspoons sugar (less if the mango is really sweet)
1/4 teaspoon powdered cardamom
What You Do:
Pour the yogurt and saffron strands into a muslin cloth and tie up the cloth into a firm knot.
Let the whey drip off the yogurt into a vessel placed underneath. This should take a couple of hours.
Once you have the creamy yogurt solids in the cloth, scoop it into a bowl, cover and refrigerate.
Peel, chop and blend the mango pulp with the sugar until smooth. Place it in a bowl and let cool in the refrigerator for an hour or so.
Now mix the mango with the yogurt. Sprinkle cardamom powder on top, and serve chilled.
I like to sprinkle a few slices of fresh mango on top for extra texture and flavor.