Saturday, June 21, 2008

Pineapple Mango Cooler






This a great drink to have especially in summer when temperatures are in the 90's. I and my husband are great fans of fruits and buy a lot of fruits from the farmers market. We don't get alphonso mangoes in US like we get in Maharashtra, though this year US allowed alphonso mango imports, and some shops sold them for a short period. But the alphonso mango pulp is available in the Indian stores through out the year. I buy this pulp and use it to make milkshakes, lassi's and coolers. Peaches, apricots, strawberries, blueberries or raspberries can also be added to this cooler. However, this drink tastes best when the mango flavor is not overpowered by the other fruits.

Ingredients

1 cup fresh cut Mango pieces or 6 tablespoon mango pulp
1 cup pineapple pieces
1-2 cardamom pod (optional)
sugar for taste (optional)
crushed ice

Method


Blend mango pieces/pulp, cardamom seeds, pineapple pieces and any other fruit you wish to add. The mango pulp contains some sugar, so I usually don't add any sugar. But if you are using fresh fruit, you could add sugar as per taste.
Serve Chilled.

Variations:
Four
tablespoons of yogurt can be added while blending , to make it a smoothie.
You can add a dollop of mango or vanilla ice cream on top and this cooler and this is also a great way to get kids to eat fruits.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2



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