Friday, June 15, 2012

Tropical Smoothie

Happy Friday everyone. Here is a quick and cool post for you all. When it is hot, instead of coffee/tea, you need something cool other than water. That is the reason for many drinks recipes off lately. This is inspired from the recipe of mango papaya smoothie from the book 'Cool Smoothies'. But since I didn't have papaya, this became a totally different recipe.
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Two Years Back - Basic White Bread
Sweetened condensed mango pulp - 1 can of 30 Oz (You can find these in Indian grocery stores) - See Notes
Crushed pineapple or chunked pineapple in its own juice - 1 can of 20 Oz undrained
Banana - 1 large or 2 small peeled and chunked
Coconut milk - 1 cup (Thin part of it)
Sugar - to taste Optional (I had to use 1/4 cup since it was not very sweet)
Water - 2 - 3 cups (See Notes)

Place the coconut milk can in the refrigerator without opening for an hour or so. When you open it, thick cream will be on the top. Scrape it and use it for something else. The bottom portion is thinner and use that for this recipe. Empty the pine apple can into the blender. Add banana and blend till smooth. Add coconut milk and blend further. Transfer it to the pitcher. To the pitcher, add condensed mango pulp, water and stir. Taste and add sugar if needed. Chill and serve.

If you use just 2 cups of water, you get a thicker smoothie. I wanted it to be a bit thin, so used 3 cups. If you are using fresh mango, use 2 cups of chunks of it either fresh or frozen. Blend it with the remaining fruits. You will have to add about 1 cup of sugar to the recipe in that case.

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