Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mavinahannu Seekarane | Rasayana (Mango Dessert)

Mango seekarane/rasayana is a "popular" dish in many of the Kannadiga(people from Karnataka, India) house holds. During the mango season, this dish would be prepared atleast once (not just once though!) either as a side dish or a dessert.  Mango seekarane/rasayana is a very quick, easy & simple dish that tastes great as a side dish with chapathis (Indian Flat bread) or pooris. Our family just love this dish with pooris & the left over seekarane/rasayana is consumed as a dessert, in no time !!!
Ingredients: (Serves 2-3)
Ripened Mangoes: 2 numbers (sweet ones)
Sugar: 6 tbsp (adjust according to the sweetness of the mangoes)
Milk: 1 small cup
Water: 1/2 cup (this could be replaced with milk too)
Cashews: 5 (soaked in water, optional)
Saffron: a small pinch


Method:
  • Peel out the skin & chop the mango around the seed. Discard the seed. Preserve a small cup of chopped mangoes.
  • Blend together the remaining mangoes, sugar, milk, soaked cashews, water until a smooth & a thick puree is formed (should be like a thick milkshake)
  • Scoop out the puree, add the remaining finely chopped mangoes & saffron.
  • Serve chilled as a side-dish or dessert.

Notes:
  • Cashews are added to get the thickness to the seekarane. This could be avoided by more mangoes. Ripened bananas can also be used to thicken the seekarane.
  • A vegan version of the same can be prepared using coconut milk. My mom-in-law prepares using coconut milk & that version is equally tasty.
  • Sugar could be replaced with jaggery. You can do many changes with this dish, but the final result is always tasty & relished by everybody.
Hah!!, after a long time I got a chance to send this dish to an event. This goes to "No-Cook" event hosted by PJ of seduceyourtastebuds.