Dear readers, if I may ask you to make a wild guess about my two of the most favorite food items, I think you would ponder over that for some time, but let me make it easy for you and give you a hint and the hint is, I am from Ratnagiri. Well do I see some of you smile slyly. I know that hint makes the answer an obvious one. Yes, my choices like many other Konkani’s are fish and mangoes. However, for folks who are still trying to discern, I must explain.
Ratnagiri is a coastal district in Maharashtra which is a part of Konkan division. Ratnagiri has earned its reputation by the world famous “Ratnagiri Hapoos” or Alphonso mangoes and 167 Km long sea coast makes fishing a major industry in Ratnagiri.
So friends you would have fathomed by now my obsession for mangoes, and when summer has already set in, it is pretty instinctive for me to explore opportunities for making recipes with mangoes as chief ingredient. This recipe of “Mango Mastani” is the most favored recipe of my family. Mango-Mastani is a true Puneri recipe, and was invented in Pune.
If you are wondering what does “Mastani” means, I must share the story behind this word. History of pune is essentially linked with Maratha Empire founded by Shivaji and with Peshwas (Prime Ministers). Bajirao (I) was the noted general who served as Peshwa to the king Chatrapati Shahu Raje Bhonsle.Bajirao is credited with Maratha empire expansion and it is stated that he fought 41 wars and never lost one. Bajirao fell in love with Mastani, who had Muslim mother and Hindu father. Due to her mixed parental lineage Bajirao faced stiff resistance from his family and his community. It is said that Mastani was one of the most beautiful woman in the history of India. History is abounding with vivid description of sensuous beauty of Mastani that Bajirao could not resist and it is said that she got the nickname ‘Mastani’ by the ruler to signify her astounding beauty. As per Peshwa chronicles, she was so fair and her beauty so pristine that when she ate beatle leaf its juice could be seen traveling down her throat in a crimson line. Their love story is one of the most celebrated stories in history of Pune and people even now remember that love story.
That is how this recipe gets its name. Mango Mastani is made with fresh or packaged mango pulp. It is combined with milk, ice-cream and lot of nuts. So, this summer as you find ways to chill, here is one simple yet delicious milk shake that would make you enjoy the summer
- 2 cups of pulp of Alphonso Mango
- 1 cup full fat milk at room temperature
- Chopped nuts for garnishing that includes Almonds, Pistachio and Cashewnuts
- ½ cup mango cubes
- 1 scoop of Vanilla Ice-cream
- 1 scoop of Mango Ice-cream
- Add Milk, Mango Pulp and Vanilla Ice-cream to a blender jar and blend them nicely.
- Once blended, pour the content in a bowl and allow it to refrigerate for 15 mins.
- After 15 minutes, Mastani should be chilled enough and ready for serving.
- Add Mango cubes to the bottom of a serving glass. Now pour in Mastani till you have enough room to add a scoop of mango ice-cream.
- Now add scoop of Mango Ice-cream.
- Finally garnish this lovely Mango-Mastani with some chopped nuts.
- Enjoy this summer with Mango-Mastani.
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