Chilling With Mangoes – A wholesome Parfait & Smoothie


I love fruit desserts especially those made with yogurt. These days mangoes are in season and the intense heat has added more sweetness to them. I bought a dozen of Kesar variety a few days ago and they were insanely sweet. Here are two healthy recipes to beat the sticky summer heat. The ingredients are the same but the tastes are different. Also, sometimes one wants to drink something refreshing yet nutritious rather than eat. So, we have two healthy choices here -A parfait and A Smoothie.

So, what’s different in this Mango Yogurt Parfait?

We are all familiar with overnight Oats and fruit Parfaits but here is a desi and healthy twist to that recipe with the lusciousness of mangoes and flattened/Beaten Rice or poha soaked in home cultured yogurt and lightly flavored. Enjoy this highly nutritious parfait as a dessert or a main breakfast dish to kick start your day.This recipe is inspired by blogger Sangeeta Khanna’s mango poha.

Flattened rice or poha is prebiotic and probiotic apart from being a rich source of many nutrients. I’ve used Just Organik rice poha.  It is easy to digest too.  I have more poha recipes on blog which you can explore and enjoy. Write ‘poha’ in the search tab and you will have them all.

 Mango Yogurt Parfait with Beaten Rice Flakes or Poha 

I can bet that once you have this refreshing Parfait you are surely gonna make it again. Choose ripe, juicy, fragrant mangoes and home cultured yogurt to reap the maximum nutritional benefits.

Ingredients :

  1. Chill the glasses in the fridge before assembling this versatile Parfait.
  2. Whip the yogurt with honey and chill it. That will make it an instant eat.
  3. Dry poha needs to be rinsed under filtered water in sieve and kept for sometime to
  4. Mix the soaked poha or flattened rice flakes in it. Mash and mix properly. Keep it in the fridge to puff up more and chill.
  5. In the mango puree add ginger juice and cardamom powder. Mix well. Chill.
  6. Now, take the serving glass or goblet and carefully put two spoons of mango puree in it then add a layer of yogurt poha mix. Alternate layers Till you reach 3/4 of the glass. You can layer them as per your choice.
  7. Keep the top layer of dahi poha and Top it with generous amount of cubed and chilled mango pieces.
  8. Refrigerate your Parfait a little more to set properly.
  9. Sprinkle granola, muesli or popped amaranth seeds (ramdana) or chopped nuts of your choice just before serving.
  10. Enjoy this wholesome utterly delicious healthy parfait any time of the day.

There are times when you are in rush and do not have time to relax and enjoy this Parfait but still want something healthy and filling. Don’t worry, just turn this into a delightful chilled smoothie and drink it up.
Mango , Banana, Yogurt Smoothie 
 Freeze the fresh mango pulp and chopped bananas or even cubes of mangoes. Soak the poha in yogurt overnight in the fridge ( 2 tablespoons in 1/2 cup yogurt + 1 teaspoon of honey if required). Next morning Put everything in a blender and blend into a thick delicious smoothie. You can add or omit poha and banana. The smoothie is so versatile. Add popped ramdana (1 tablespoon if not using poha) or cooked oats .You can add explore the possibilities of tongue ticking taste by adding any other fruit with mango or nuts/ dry fruits etc.
But, I love it just like this. Too many flavors mar the delightful taste of mangoes which we don’t want. 🙂
My Tip: Brown or red poha gives it a nutty flavor and is more nutritious than the off white one. Do not go for white bleached poha. Try and used organic products. Prefer popped ramdana as topping but here I used muesli as garnish. Use organic as far as possible.
I do not use blender to puree the mango. I do it the traditional aamras way, rolling and pressing the mango between palms and, making a slit at one end to squeeze out all the pulp then mashing it nicely with hand till no lumps are left. This way the pulp has a nice texture and it gives the Parfait a unique taste too. Yes, there is distinct difference in blended pulp and hand squeezed pulp which you will notice when you have the smoothie. 🙂
Hope you will make these and let me know your feedback. So, go grab some mangoes till they last and indulge.

Raw Mango Poha (Flattened Rice Flakes) – Two Versions And A Bonus Recipe


The good news is that poha is gluten-free and it is full of nutrition. I did not know that it is also a good pre biotic and probiotic food. Sangeeta Khanna is a Delhi based food and nutrition consultant and a very versatile food blogger (No, not the fashionable sorts). Her blog is informative as well as a treasure chest of easy to make healthy recipes. It is from her posts I came to know about the probiotic qualities of poha (flattened rice flakes).  The microbial flora, generated after parboiling and fermentation in the process of making flattened rice, provides superior food value as well as partially digested proteins and carbohydrates. (Thank you for this valuable information dear Sangeeta. )

Poha has been a part of our daily meals since childhood and we make various versions of it from matar poha, kanda poha (onion poha), batata poha (with potatoes), dadpa poha, poha with mixed veggies, dahi poha or tak poha (with buttermilk), doodh poha (with milk)  or the healthy toasted chivda mixture with peanuts, curry leaves, roasted gram etc as a snack but today I will share two very different recipes with raw mango. I used a raw mango which was in a hurry to ripen and had a very delightful flavour and sweet-sour taste. I love mangoes in any form and use it raw as well as cooked in variety of dishes. Green raw mango is full of B vitamins, Vitamin A and Vitamin C  which is highly beneficial in strengthening the immunity system of the body. It of course has great taste and many curative properties too. It is also a good source of calcium, potassium and dietary fiber. You can make a  variety of pickles, aam panna (drink), chutney (with mint and coriander or coconut), salsa, or toss it in salads, rice, poha, daal (amti) as a souring agent and for flavour. Many local indian cuisines use raw mango in food preparations. Manhi from Himachal Pradesh is one such side dish.

What you can do with ripe mangoes, apart from eating them with total passionate devotion, is mind-blowing.

 Kairi Poha or Raw Mango poha ( version 1 ) 

 

You will need :

Poha (Flattened/beaten rice) – 100 gms (I’ve used Just Organik rice poha)

Raw mango/ kairi/ ambiya – 1 small  diced in small cubes ( I used the one which was firm, green but slightly ripening. It had a slight sweetness to the basic sour flavour)

Red onion – 1/4 cup (optional)

Asafoetida (Hing) – 1 pinch

Mustard Seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry Urad daal- 1/2 teaspoon

Dry chana daal – 1/4 teaspoon

Fresh Curry leaves – 4-5

Whole red chili – 1 small

Turmeric Powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt – to taste

 

Fresh coriander leaves – For garnish

Grated coconut (fresh) – For garnish (optional)

Oil – 1 tablespoon ( I used Olive Oil)

Lemon – To squeeze the juice as garnish if desired

 

Method –  

Take clean poha in a sieve or colander and wash it under running filtered water. Gently puff it a few times. Set it aside. fluff it wit ha fork or fingers to keep them from sticking together.

Heat the oil in pan. Keep the flame on low.

Add mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal. When the seeds begin to splutter add curry leaves, red chili  and finely chopped onion (optional) If not adding onion then add raw mango and poha and stir. If adding onions, let them become translucent before adding raw mango pieces and poha.

Add salt, turmeric powder and stir well. ( You can use little red chili powder and chopped green chilies too. It all depends on what flavour you prefer. )

Keep it covered for five minutes and remove the lid. Stir gently and add chopped fresh coriander leaves. Mix.

Take it out in a serving bowl, top up with some fresh coconut if you like it and squeeze some lemon juice if required. Eat when its hot and fragrant.

Mango Poha  ( Version 2 ) – A summer Salad

This recipe was originally posted at Healthfood Desi videshi by Sangeeta Khanna) . She used ripe mango while I just changed it to the sightly ripe raw mango.

This one is a delicious salad and can be assembled in a jiffy. I loved the taste of the rawness of the mango in this. Perfect cooling meal for summer days and for days when either you don’t want to churn up a full meal or want to give your tummy a small break from all the spicy meals you have devoured. The poha as I said earlier, is gut friendly and often helps it to calm down.

Ingredients – 1 cup poha

Raw mango (slightly ripening) –  1/2 cup cut into small cubes

Red onion – 1 small, chopped roughly

Fresh coriander greens – 4 tablespoon

Red chili powder – A pinch or (finely chopped fresh green chilli as i used)

Raisins – 8-10 ( I didn’t put peanuts)

Salt and pepper to taste

Dash of lime juice

The idea is to balance the heat from chillies, the sweetness and sour flavour from mangoes and the hotness of red onions, as Sangeeta mentioned in her recipe. Adding raisins replaced the use of sugar for me.

Method –

Take clean poha in a colander or sieve and wash it properly under filtered water. Keep aside to drain.

If using the thick variety or the brown one you will need to keep it for a longer duration.  Fluff it up a bit to keep the flakes separate.

Meanwhile chop onions and put them in the mixing bowl. Dice mango into small cubes, cut coriander greens and green chilli and add to the onions.

Now, add the soaked poha, salt, pepper, raisins and mix well. Taste a little to adjust the flavours.

This recipe is no fuss, no cooking required  kind and is delicious to say the least. The fresh flavours of all the ingredients make it a really winner.

Serve it at room temperature and immediately after preparing. The cold pieces of sweet sour mangoes taste divine with mushy raisins and smooth poha.

Do try. It can’t get easier than this and the sinful taste of raw mango drizzled with just the right amount of red chili or cayenne pepper is simply divine.

Bonus Recipe 😀

As an added bonus I am having Dahi poha (Curd Poha) too. Blame it on the weather and Delhi belly. Here is a quick recipe for that too.

1/2 cup flattened rice or poha

1 cup beaten curd (preferably homemade)

salt – to taste

mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

curry leaves – 5-6

Whole red chili or fresh green chili broken in two pieces  – 1 medium

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Freshly grated ginger 1/2 inch

 

Prepare poha like you did for previous two recipes. Take fresh curd in a large big bowl and beat it with a little salt (to taste). No lumps should stay. If it’s too thick you can add a little water, tak(buttermilk) or cold milk) to make it just the right consistency.

The poha soaks up the curd so keep the proportions in mind. Curd should be double the amount of soaked poha.

Now add the soaked and drained poha to it and mix well. Add freshly grated ginger.

In a small cast iron/iron skillet heat some oil and add mustard and fenugreek seeds. When they sputter, turn off the heat , add curry leaves and red/green chilli. immediately pour the tempering on the curd rice and cover so that the flavours seep into the preparation. Keep for 5 minutes , open and stir well.

You can keep it in fridge for it to chill or use chilled curd to make it. It tastes best when cold.

This is a perfect comfort food.

Make Flattened/beaten rice flakes a part of your daily food. Explore the possibilities of making it more exotic and flavourful. Do share your experiences with us.