8 Exotic Mango Recipes to Enjoy the King of Fruits

by Apoorva Malhotra
mango recipes

There is no questioning the fact that mangoes are the king of fruits. India produces some of the finest varieties of mangoes. Some of these varieties are exported while most of it is consumed locally. From Alphonso (Hapus) to Badami to Himsagar and Chausa – you can find several mango recipes that allow you to enjoy this juicy, fleshy fruit in all its form and glory. 

The deliciousness of tarty and sweet mangoes has us wishing that the mango season could last all year long!

Now that the mango mania is upon us, let us explore the many mango recipes to get the most out of this revered fruit:

Mango Lassi Recipe

Thick, smooth, cool, and creamy – what more would you want from this popular summer drink? This is not only the easiest and quickest mango recipes, but it also requires only three ingredients! How amazing is that?!

Ingredients Required

  • 3 to 4 ripe medium-sized mangoes. Alternatively, you could use two cups of mango pulp.
  • 2 cups (500mL) of chilled full-fat curd
  • 6-8 ice cubes
  • Sugar or Honey; Half a teaspoon of cardamom powder (optional)

Steps for Preparation

  1. Peel the mangoes and roughly chop the mango flesh. (Skip this step if you have ready-made pulp)
  2. Add the mango chunks, sugar, and cardamom powder (optional) to a blender jar. You can skip the sugar or sweetener depending on the sweetness of your mangoes. Cardamom powder is optional but highly recommended.
  3. Blend everything into a smooth puree.
  4. Pop in a few ice cubes in the jar and blend it with the mango puree until the ice is crushed.
  5. Add the chilled curd and blend it on pulse until everything is blended smooth and gets well-incorporated. If you wish to make the consistency thinner, you may add a few tablespoons of milk.
  6. Pour the lassi into a wide-mouth glass and garnish with some mango chunks, mint leaves, or cardamon powder.

Instant, No-Cook Mango Kulfi

This instant no-cook kulfi recipe is a cheat version of the long and elaborate mango kulfi recipes available online. So go ahead, make your summers cooler with this delicious instant, no-cook mango kulfi!

Ingredients Required

  • 1.5 cups of full-fat milk
  • A cup (200g) of condensed milk
  • Half a cup of full-fat cream
  • Half a teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • A cup of chopped mango
  • A pinch of crushed saffron

Steps for Preparation

  1. Blend the milk, condensed milk, and mangoes in a blender. 
  2. Add the cream, cardamom powder, and saffron threads and blend on pulse again.
  3. Continue blending until the mixture is slightly airy, and the mixture is well incorporated.
  4. Pour out the mixture into kulfi molds, small aluminum bowls, or plastic containers. Cover it with aluminum foil and place them in the freezer to set.
  5. Demold the kulfi by holding the mold under running water for a few seconds.

Traditional Amrakhand

Amrakhand is a traditional Gujarati-Marathi yogurt-based dessert. It pairs wonderfully with light, deep-fried puris. While it may be considered as a variation of the classic Shrikhand, the inclusion of mango elevates the flavor to a whole new level! 

Ingredients Required

  • Three cups of yogurt (or 2 cups of Greek yogurt)
  • Two ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped.
  • A teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • A pinch of saffron threads
  • Half a cup of sugar (option)

Steps for Preparation

  1. Hang the curd for 3 to 4 hours (preferably overnight) in a muslin or cheesecloth.
  2. Puree the mango chunks in a blender.
  3. Add the hung curd, cardamom, and saffron to the blender jar, and mix until it forms a smooth paste-like mixture.
  4. Adjust the sugar as per your taste and preference.
  5. You may chill the Amrakhand for a couple of hours. Have it directly or eat it with some hot pooris to experience a culinary delight!

Mango Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta is a famous Italian dessert prepared from gelatin and cream. You can add different flavorings such as vanilla, chocolate, coffee, berry compote, etc. to make this dish more unique. So how does it feature in our list of mango recipes? The answer is simple – mango puree!

Ingredients Required

  • 1.5 cups of alphonso mango
  • 400 mL low-fat cream (25 to 35%)
  • 250 mL full-fat milk
  • Four teaspoons gelatin
  • A quarter cup of water for blooming the gelatin
  • Half a cup of brown sugar
  • Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence

Steps for Preparation

  1. Heat up the water and add the gelatin powder. Stir it until it mixes. Keep warm.
  2. Combine the milk, cream, and sugar in a thick bottomed pan. Heat up the mixture and continue stirring it with a wire whisk to prevent it from burning.
  3. Keep stirring until the mixture comes to a gentle boil and the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Add the gelatin solution to the cream mixture while it is still hot. Stir with a whisk.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool, then add the vanilla essence and mango puree. Use the whisk to mix everything together.
  6. Pour out the mixture into serving bowls and cover them with aluminum foil. Place the bowls in the freezer and allow it to set (typically, it takes about 4 to 5 hours)
  7. Garnish with mango chunks and serve chilled.

No-Bake Mango Tart

Do you wish to stun your family and loved ones with your “baking” skills without even turning on the oven? This no-bake mango tart recipe’s perfect for you!

Ingredients Required

  • 450g of Marie or Parle G biscuits
  • A teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • Half a teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • A three-quarter cup of melted butter
  • 500 mL of full-fat milk
  • Two tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • Half a cup of mango puree
  • Three tablespoons of custard powder

Steps for Preparation

  1. Blend the biscuits into a fine powder. Add the cinnamon powder to it and stir.
  2. Pour in the butter and mix everything together until it forms a crumbly, buttery mixture.
  3. Grease a tart mold with some butter and use the biscuit-butter mix to form the crust by pressing it against the mold. Allow it to chill in the fridge.
  4. In another pan, heat up the milk and add the sugar, cardamom powder, and mango puree to it.
  5. Take some hot milk in a bowl, add the custard powder to it and whisk it together. Make sure that there are no lumps present.
  6. Pour the custard powder mixture to the milk in the pan. Cook until the custard thickens.
  7. Pour the custard into the tart base and pop it into the fridge to set (for about 20 minutes)
  8. Garnish the tart with mango chunks and mint leaves for some extra pizzazz!

Spicy Mango Salsa

Sweet, spicy, and tangy – This mango salsa is a balance of flavors. This side dish is of the best mango recipes to eat with crunchy nachos! Don’t have nachos? No problem, it works great as a light salad on the side!

Ingredients Required

  • One large ripe mango and a medium-sized raw mango
  • A small red onion
  • One-fourth cup of bell peppers (you can choose an assortment of colored bell peppers)
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of freshly crushed black pepper
  • Half a teaspoon of ground cumin powder
  • One-eighth of a teaspoon of smoked paprika or cayenne pepper (red chili powder works too)
  • Four tablespoons of fresh coriander leaves (or cilantro)
  • Some jalapeno, sliced
  • Two teaspoons of lemon juice
  • Rock salt as per taste

Steps for Preparation

  1. Finely chop and dice all the vegetables listed above.
  2. Add all the chopped vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Season them with spices (black pepper, cumin, red chili powder)
  3. Pour in the lemon juice and add a dash of salt.
  4. Toss everything together and taste. Alter the spices as per your preferences.
  5. Allow it to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours. Serve with nachos or eat it as is!

Thai Coconut Tapioca Pudding

The Thai Coconut Tapioca Pudding is a gluten-free tropical delight. It is one of those mango recipes that can make even dessert-haters crave some more of this sweet dish! Use a sugar-substitute for giving it a healthier twist.

Ingredients Required

  • Half a cup of tapioca pearls (Sabudana)
  • A cup of mango puree
  • 3 cups of water
  • One-eighth of a teaspoon of pink salt
  • One can of coconut milk.
  • Honey or maple syrup (optional)

Steps for Preparation

  1. Cover the tapioca pearls with a cup of water and allow them to soak for about an hour (20 minutes in warm water for an express mode).
  2. Pour off the excess water after the tapioca pearls have expanded slightly.
  3. Bring the remaining 2 cups of water to a boil and add some salt to it. 
  4. Drop the tapioca pearls to the boiling water and reduce the heat. Allow the tapioca to simmer in water for about 10 to 15 minutes while stirring it occasionally to prevent the tapioca from clumping up.
  5. Once the tapioca pearls are soft and slightly mushy with a bite to them, take them off the heat and cover the utensil with a lid. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes.
  6. After the tapioca pearls cool down, place it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to allow it to thicken.
  7. To assemble the pudding, scoop out a quarter of the tapioca pearls in a serving bowl, top it with a quarter cup of mango puree, and pour the chilled coconut milk over it. Drizzle in the honey as per taste. Stir everything together.
  8. Garnish it with fresh mango chunks.

Mangalorean Sweet and Spicy Curry

Do you think that all mango recipes are desserts? Well, we have something that says otherwise! This Mangalorean Sweet and Spicy curry is a wonderful play on delicate Indian flavors. The spices will tickle your tastebuds and linger even after hours!

Ingredients Required

  • Ten small ripe mangoes
  • Two tablespoons of oil
  • A few curry leaves
  • Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • A tablespoon of whole peppercorns
  • One teaspoon of fenugreek seeds
  • Five whole red chilies (dried)
  • Half a teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • One teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • A teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 4 to 5 cloves of garlic
  • An inch of ginger, peeled
  • Two whole onions, peeled and sliced
  • Four tablespoons of jaggery and tamarind paste mixed together in 1:1 ratio
  • A cup of water
  • Salt to taste
  • Chicken, prawns, or fish – any protein of your choice (optional)

Steps for Preparation

  1. Peel the mangoes and roughly chop all of its flesh. Squeeze out the juice from the peels as well.
  2. In a pan, dry roast all the dry spices (peppercorns, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, red chilies, and cumin seeds) until they turn aromatic. Keep the flame low to extract the maximum flavors.
  3. Add the roasted spices, ginger, garlic, and onions to a blender jar and grind them to a paste. Add water whenever required.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan and add the curry leaves. Allow it to splutter.
  5. Add the freshly prepared curry paste along with some turmeric. Saute it for 8 to 10 minutes until the oil separates from the mixture.
  6. Now, add the mango chunks, some water, jaggery, salt, and mango juice. Combine everything together and let it simmer for about 10 minutes or until the gravy thickens.
  7. Adjust the spices to your taste.
  8. Take it off the flame and serve hot with a side of some fluffy rice! Don’t forget to drizzle a generous amount of ghee over the curry!

This concludes our list of delectable mango recipes that you must try this summer. As you can see, most of these mango recipes are quick and easy and do not require a horde of ingredients. Do give them a try and let us know how it turned out.

Do you have some special mango recipes that you would love to share? Let us know in the comments below!

As always, stay safe and eat healthy!

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