Mango, honey and rose smoothie

Mango, honey and rose smoothie

Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast
Emma Lee

Mangoes are known as the king of fruit in India and, for me, the world. There is nothing better than a mango languorously ripening in my fruit basket, while the sight of boxes of Indian mangoes in springtime cheers me up no end and reminds me of sunnier days to come. There are lots of varieties. Alphonso is my all-time favourite, but there are others that come a close second and third. When making these drinks, use a full-flavoured ripe fruit, or you will end up with something merely ordinary. The flavour of mango just needs enhancement, not masking. This is a healthy, easy breakfast for when you are in a hurry or cannot face food first thing in the morning.


Quantity Ingredient
4 juicy, ripe mangoes
640-720g yogurt
3 teaspoons rose essence or rose water
24 blanched almonds
4 teaspoons honey, or to taste


  1. Take the flesh off the mangoes: working above your blender, cut the cheeks from the mangoes as close to the stone as possible. Halve these lengthways. Cut or peel off the skin, making sure the juices flow into the blender. Peel off the skin around the stone and cut off as much as you can of the musky fruit from around it. Add this to the blender, too.
  2. Add everything else and blend until smooth, adding 8–12 tablespoons of water to the blender to help, if necessary. (You may need to do this in batches, to avoid overloading the blender and splattering the kitchen.) Taste, adjust the honey if you want a sweeter drink, and add more water if it is too thick, then serve.

Saffron ‘aamraas’

  • Prepare two mangoes as above. Bring 400 ml of milk to the boil with a pinch of saffron, then reduce the heat, simmer and reduce to half its original quantity, stirring all the time. Then pour on to the mangoes in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste, add 2 teaspoons of caster sugar if necessary, then chill. To serve, add cold milk or water to reach a consistency you like, and serve on lots of ice. Makes 4 small glasses.
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