Often during one of my many daytime dazes (you know the ones: sitting at your desk at work staring blankly off into the distance for minutes if not hours on end LOL!) I wonder to myself…. if I could choose to be born into any culture in the world, which one would it be?
More often then not, I come to India. I spent a little time there earlier in the year and fell in love. Yes it was chaotic, dirty and often smelly but there was a positive flip side. The Indian cuisine has some amazing flavors all combined in mouth watering dishes and the people I came across were extremely friendly. The place was a hive of energy with the women all dressed in the most colorful garments often decorated with sparkling sequins and beads. Collectively as a nation, these women were the most feminine I had seen. Why have we lost this in the western world? Everyone walks around so casually these days only getting dressed up for very special occasions. When I listen to my Grandmother and Great Aunt speak about their days as young women, stories include such things as satin gloves, diamante brooches, shoe clips, hats and fire engine red lip stick. Apparently everyone dressed this way just to go to the cinemas!
Anyway I digress, here is a wonderful quick recipe for a delicious Indian smoothie!
- 4 ripe medium sized mangoes
- 2/3 cup natural yoghurt
- 200ml (7fl oz) milk
- zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1tsp honey
- Cut the flesh off the mangoes, discarding the skin and stone.
- Place the flesh in a blender with the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste the lassi, if you would like it sweeter add a little more honey and give it another quick whiz. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve chilled.