Indian Delight: Aamras Recipe

Sign in to save article

Nothing smells quite like apple pie. Its buttery crust and soft fruit filling served hot and topped with vanilla ice cream represents a cherished homeliness ideal. Here in the U.S., apple pie is the ultimate summer dessert of choice. But where I grew up, it was aamras.

A staple sweet dish in India's western parts, aamras (or mango nectar) is the delicacy of my childhood. Made from mango pulp, it is ideally consumed during lunchtime. What I love about this sweet dish is that it is so easy to prepare.

6 Steps to Aamras

  1. Soak a handful of mangoes in water for 30 to 40 minutes.
  2. Take a mango and press it evenly from all sides so that it turns soft uniformly.
  3. Remove the mango's eye and squeeze the fruit well to collect the pulp in a bowl.
  4. Repeat the process for all mangoes.
  5. Add water or milk to the pulp and then blend the ingredients in a mixer to make a smooth paste.
  6. Pour the nectar into a bowl and refrigerate it for a couple of hours. It tastes better when chilled!

If this is too much work, replace steps 1-4 with this instead:

  1. Wash a handful of mangoes, then peel and chop them into small pieces.
  2. Add the chopped pieces to a blender with some water or milk to make a smooth paste.

Mango is a sweet fruit, but if you like your aamras to be sweeter, add some sugar while blending. (Also, avoid having a large serving of aamras in one go — you might get a tummy upset. I once had too much of it, and that did not go down well with my stomach.)

For a significant part of my life, my grandparents lived in India's western region. Visiting them over summers meant also enjoying a massive bowl of aamras before lunch every day.

It has been ages since I spent an idle summer holiday with my grandparents. I miss the taste of the smooth, sweet nectar. More importantly, I miss my grandparents. Aamras with them, in that particular city, in their home, was what my summers were all about.

Now, whenever I have aamras, which is not very often, I can only think about them. It is funny how one sweet dish can make a person so nostalgic.

Tags: Healthy Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Quick Recipe Ideas, Desserts, International Cuisine

Sign in to save article
Share

Written By

Asavari Sharma

B2B content marketer. Always thankful. Writes about everything that inspires her, straight from the heart. See Full Bio

CircleAround will make financial distributions to benefit current Girl Scouts: the next generation of trailblazers who will CircleAround after us. So CircleAround for inspiration, and CircleAround the leaders of tomorrow. CircleAround is owned by One GS Media, a subsidiary of Girl Scouts of the USA.

Love this article?

Sign up for the newsletter to get the best of CircleAround delivered right to your inbox.

Welcome
to our circle.

CircleAround will make financial distributions to benefit the next generation of trailblazers who will CircleAround after us.

So CircleAround for inspiration, and the leaders of tomorrow.

About Us