Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mango-ing away!

Still hot outside, I was still craving a giant creamy milkshake, but I'm really really trying to stick to my regular workout and eating habits ... which pretty much ruled out that GIANT milkshake looming in the back of my mind ... *sigh*.

But the plan was to come up with a suitable alternative ... something that would squash all memories of that GIANT milkshake! It took some poking around my Ultimate Desserts book ... Yes, I will get through all the recipes in that book someday soon! :) I stumbled upon this banana honey yogurt ice recipe ... hmm ... Ain't got no bananas. But we have a mountain of mangoes to wade our way through - never a problem given that I've eaten as many as 8 mangoes in one go :)

So, the idea was to rework this recipe to use mangoes instead. I also had some fabulous labneh - the to-die-for middle eastern yogurt as well as some greek yogurt sitting around. I haven't made icecream in a while, let alone fancy "yogurt ice", so this was approached with some dubiousness. But it turned out to be so damn easy to work with, a ton of fun and super delicious to boot!

Mango Yogurt Ice with Agave Nectar
Mango! Mango! Mango! Need I say more?

Servings: Hmm ... 12+ generous scoops

3 medium sized mangoes (I used the Ecuadorian ones that Costco is currently carrying)
3 T agave nectar
1/2 cup labneh
1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt
1 t cinnamon
1 T orange blossom water

Peel the mangoes and chop into chunks.
Puree the mango chunks along with the rest of the ingredients till smooth.
Pour into a freezer pan, cover with plastic wrap and seal it with a rubber band.
Set this in the freezer till it starts to harden - takes atleast an hour.
Break up the yogurt ice with a beater till crumbled and there are no chunks remaining.
Smoothen the top, seal with the plastic wrap once more and set in the freezer for another hour.
Repeat this beating and freezing process one more time - this just makes the yogurt ice a lot more creamy and removes any crunchy ice bits that may have formed while freezing.

We served this atop this insanely tasty bread pudding - perfect blending of flavours ... I've got ot run out to go meet the gals, but I'll be posting that recipe in the next day or two (Really!).


I forgot all about that GIANT milkshake once I put this in my mouth! We loved the fact that it was so much lighter than regular icecream, yet much more decadent than sorbet. The orange blossom water lent this really neat mild fragrance to the yogurt, loved it! And we all loved the mango-yogurt creamy combination - reminded us of a frozen mango lassi (guess it is pretty close to that! :))

Off this goes to Meeta for her Mango Mania - a day late, but what else could you expect of me? *sigh*! And I have to agree with her, mango is *so* the queen of fruit! Think I'll go eat one right now ...


Hmm ... guess this post is total paisa-vasool when it comes to event posts! Am shipping this off to Rachna for her JFI-Flowers event (I do use Orange Blossom water here :)) and to Mansi for her Healthy Cooking event - this is a super healthy dessert after all!



Nags said...

oooh that looks delish!! :)

Raaga said...

Would orange blossom water have anything to do with orange blossoms? In which case, you could send this to this month's JFI flowers as well. ;-)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, yum! I love mangoes and that ice cream definitely looks delicious!



Mansi Desai said...

oh! this is soo so good K! and so healthy too, you've got to send this for my healthy cooking event gal!

thanks for a perfect dessert for weight-watchers like me:)

Andhra Flavors said...

looks wonderful and healthy too.

sunita said...

I made something like this too...but we had it as ice...did not bother to crush a couple of times...now, I wish I did :-(

delhibelle said...

healthy stuff that looks so good..marvellous!

KALVA said...

Looks divine and delish!!! Love mangoes

Becky said...

damn those photos look good! i'd say the mangoes were a better choice than the bananas - it's a good thing you didn't have any on hand!

Mythili said...

I thought I left a comment about the orange flower water... never mind.

Awesome creation, I say!

Bhawana said...

looks like just grab a spoon ful and have. perfect and looking very delicious.

Anonymous said...

The Mango Frozen Yogurt is tempting. Where do you get orange blossom in US?

KayKat said...

Ooo ... Raaga! You rock :) Yep, it is distilled water that has the the essential oils of orange blossoms. I'll definitely send this your way!

And yes, Mansi, I'm definitely sending this your way too. W00t! 3 events with one post :)

And Priya, I got the orange blossom water from Whole Foods. Most middle eastern stores carry it too.

bee said...

where do you buy orange blossom water? i've been trying to find some.

bee said...

okay, i saw your response to priya. i live with no whole foods in sight, so i'll mail order some.

Archana, mama of twins said...

fun combo k, had a blast..

Bellini Valli said...

Way to go reworking this recipe. Mangoes rule!!!!!!!!!

Cynthia said...

Oh yeah baby! I want some of this!

easycrafts said...

looks divine

Aparna said...

I can't resist mangoes in anything (unless its non vegetarian)!
This looks heavenly.

sra said...

An uncle of mine has to have sweet stuff everyday. He tries to minimise the damage by blending fruit with home-made curds with a spoon or two of whatever jam is lying around!
Your mango stuff looks gorgeous!

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