Recipe: Mango Shikanji
Updated: May 22, 2021
Mango season is here! Mangoes are not only delicious, but also a versatile fruit. This recipe uses mangoes to add a twist to the good old Shikanji. This is the perfect drink to get refreshed this summer. It's a kid-friendly recipe, so do make sure to involve your kids when making this drink.
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp black salt
1/4 tsp roasted cumin (jeera) powder
2 tsp honey
8-10 mint (pudina) leaves
70-80 ml club soda
3-4 ice cubes
Calorific Value (per serving):
Energy: 130 kcal
Protein: 3 gm
Carbs: 21 gm
Fats: 3 gm
Fibre: 4 gm
Soak chia seeds soaked in 1/4th cup water for half an hour.
Peel and cut the mango into large pieces.
Put the mango pieces and 4-5 mint leaves in a mixer jar and grid it to a smooth pulp.
Put 3 tablespoons of the pulp in a glass.
Add black salt, cumin powder, honey and lemon juice, and mix the pulp well.
Now add chia seeds and ice cubes.
Add club soda to the glass, and give it a gentle stir.
Decorate the glass with the remaining mint leaves.
Your Mango Shikanji is ready!
Know Your Ingredients:
Mango, or the 'king of fruits', is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Mangoes are high in vitamins A and C, supporting healthy eyes, skin and hair. The presence of amylase, water and dietary fibre make mangoes good for digestive health. Further, the nutrients present in mangoes help improve immunity, have anti-cancer effects and are good for heart health. However, due to a moderate-high glycemic index, eating mangoes may lead to a spike in blood sugar levels. So they should be consumed in moderation, especially by people with diabetes.
Chia seeds are a great source of antioxidants, fibre, proteins, omega-3 fatty acids and calcium. The nutrient content of chia seeds make them good for heart, for bone health and for lower blood sugar levels. Due to their health benefits, chia seeds are commonly advised for weight loss and overall good health. A large part of the carbohydrate content in chia seeds is actually fibre, due to which chia seeds are also recommended in a low-carb diet.
Mint not only add flavour to your food, but also makes it more healthy. Mint is a good source of vitamin A and antioxidants. Mint can also aid digestion, boost immune system and improve brain function. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties also make it effective in treating acne.
Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, which helps boost immunity. The vitamin C and citric acid in lemons also support absorption of iron from food. Lemons may also aid weight loss, support digestion and reduce risk of heart disease, kidney stones and cancer. Heating lemon juice can cause loss of vitamin C, so it is best to consume it at warm or room temperature.