Like most Indians, I too watched both the recently released Bollywood movies – Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani and loved them. On our way back home from the theater, as we were dissecting the movie, my friend’s mom started talking about Mastani. She was an Indian warrior from the Bundela Rajput clan. She was the second wife of the Maratha Peshwa Bajirao. She is said to have been a beautiful and brave woman, skilled in arts, literature, and warfare.There are many legends associated with her. One of them is, that Mastani was so beautiful, that when she would chew a paan (stuffed betel leaf), the red juice from the pan would be seen going down her throat in a streak. I don’t really know the reason of this drink being named after her, but my guess is that since this drink is so beautiful to look at, it must remind people of her.
Mango Mastani – now why didn’t I think of this earlier?? This is a popular milkshake in Pune, Maharashtra. My friend and her mom have had this there. This got me thinking. I decided to make this milkshake immediately. KR and me both are mango lovers. Its disheartening that we do not get the Indian Alphonso Mango here in the US. It is supposed to be the sweetest of them all. But still I was going to give this a try.
While going through the aisles of an Indian grocery store near my house, I came across this Mango Pulp tin of a popular Indian brand. Excitedly I added it to my cart. I later got to know that it is available on Amazon as well, if you do not have an Indian grocery store nearby, you can order it here – Deep Kesar Mango Pulp. It’s available on Prime too!
I reached home and announced to KR that he is going to get Mango Mastani now. He looked at me with a puzzled look. “Wait and watch!” was my reply.
I quickly mixed all the ingredients like the mango pulp, whole milk, vanilla ice cream and little sugar in a Blender and whipped this milkshake. Now, having the right blender is very important. The one I had previously was a lesser known brand and it would always leave behind chunks and not grind it all well. Frustrated, I began my search for that perfect blender. Having heard from my friends about Nutri Bullet, I decided to give it a try.
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It was a sight to watch as the bullet did its job. Loved the deep yellow-orange color of this milkshake. It’s so rich and creamy too. While serving them in glasses, I added another scoop of ice cream on top, garnished it with some mango pieces, almonds and red grapes. Viola, Mango Mastani was ready!
As I took the drink towards KR, the smile on his face was worth it. He took a sip and said, “Thank you for being a food blogger and trying out new stuff, I love them all!” With laughter and happiness we both enjoyed Mango Mastani to our hearts content. It was the best milkshake ever!!
I would highly recommend this milkshake to all. It surely is worth the (little) effort or the (high) calories once in while! 🙂
- 3 cups mango pulp
- 1-2 tbsp sugar as required
- 4-5 scoops of vanilla/mango ice-cream
- 1.5 cups whole milk
- Dry fruits chopped optional
- In a blender, add the mango pulp, sugar and whole milk.
- Blend to a smooth, thick milkshake.
- Taste and add more sugar if required.
- While serving, pour the milkshake and add two scoops of ice-cream on top.
- Garnish with mango pieces/dry fruits and serve chilled.
Instead of vanilla ice cream, you can also try mango ice cream.
You can get creative with the garnish as well.
Adapted from A popular drink in Pune
We had some more the next day as well. Wow! I am really gushing over it. But I really really want you to give this a try and then let me know how it was. I am positive that you will enjoy this milkshake. You can make it for parties, family dinners or on a date night. Kids will love it as much as adults. Mango Mastani is surely the drink of the season!
Pssst..while you are here..also check out my latest recipe on the blog – Cherry flavored Sweet Pongal which I am pretty excited about!
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