A prominent and most liked fruit—Mango, is regarded as the king of fruits. It is loved due to its impressive aroma, sweetness, and juicy pulp.
It belongs to the Anacardiaceae family.
Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, is a district popular for large-scale production of Alphonso mangoes, which are popularly known as Ratnagiri hapus+. Ratnagiri mangoes are easily identifiable from their nearly-perfect oval shape and are around 4 to 6 inches long. These mangoes have gained popularity due to their unique taste. Ratnagiri hapus is one of the largest selling mango varieties in the country.
Ingredients: Puree of 2 mangoes (without threads), honey as per taste, 1 ½ cup sweet milk powder, 1 tsp cardamom powder, 1 tsp clarified butter, and dry fruits
Cooking Steps: Cook puree of mangoes and honey thoroughly. When the puree becomes thick, add milk powder and cardamom powder to it and mix well. Add clarified butter to the mixture and cook for 1 minute. Grease a plate with clarified butter and transfer the batter to it and keep it aside for 5 minutes. Now make small balls of this batter and garnish them with dry fruits. Ratnagiri mango peda is ready to melt in your mouth.
2. Mango Shrikhand
Ingredients: ½ cup mango puree, 1 litre yogurt, pinch of nutmeg, ½ cup powdered sugar, ½ tsp cardamom powder, few soaked saffron strands, 1 tbsp milk, and some dry fruits
Cooking Steps: Put the yogurt in a muslin cloth and hang it somewhere overnight. Now blend the yogurt for a minute and add mango puree to it and mix it well. Add powdered sugar, cardamom powder, nutmeg, and the saffron and again give it a good mix. Pack this mixture in an airtight container and refrigerate it for a couple of hours. Garnish it with dry fruits and serve it in cups.