I love Mangoes of all shapes and sizes,all kinds but I confess I am partial to the the Alphonso;it rules my heart because of the beautiful golden color flesh,its fragrance,a sinful combination so very heavenly and divine.Eating a mango is like an act of surrender
when we lose control over our senses and become slaves to it.The below mentioned aamras is my grannys age old recipe handed down to my mother,then me and after me will go to my daughter.
Ripe Mangoes: Alphonso 2
Mixed fruits chopped into pieces: about 2 cups (A combination of strawberry,pear,apple, grapes and banana You can use any available fruits of your choice)
Milk: 3 cups
Elaichi seeds: 3/4 teaspoon
Sugar: 3 tablespoons or to your taste as per the sweetness of mangoes
Corn flour: 2 tablespoons
Wash,peel and chop the mangoes into big chunks.Blend with half the sugar and a little milk to a smooth puree.Grind the cardamom seeds to a fine powder.Dissolve the corn flour in 2 tablespoons milk in a bowl.Heat the rest of the milk in a heavy-bottomed vessel with occasional stirring till it comes to a boil.Turn off the heat. To this milk,add the cornflour solution,sugar and cardamom powder.Mix well to blend thoroughly. Turn on the heat and cook on low heat till the milk boils again and the custard thickens slightly for about 5 minutes.Turn off the heat and cool.When the milk is cooled for about 15-20 minutes, stir in the mango puree and mix well.This ensures that the custard does not split.Allow to cool and then refrigerate for about 2-3 hours till nicely chilled. Serve and enjoy the elaichi aamras fruit custard chilled!
- Mrs.Hiru Bhambhaney