traditionally, thandai is the drink for Holi. You celebrate the festival of colors with your loved ones, responsibly play with colors and recreate the scene of how Krishna played with colors and water with the gopis in Vrindavan. It is very likely that you are going to be parched after a morning of frolicking with friends and family in the outdoors. While many might run straight to the thandai pitchers, there are many who might not enjoy the spicy, milky, nutty drink. If you are one of those, Chef Manish Mehrotra of Indian Accent shares the recipe for the perfect alternative. Try it and make it your staple!
Almond, Ginger And Custard Apple Smoothie
prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
1 cup almond milk
1 cup fresh custard apple pulp
½ tsp minced ginger
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp almond flakes
A pinch of green cardamom powder
1. Preheat your oven to 180° C. Spread your almond flakes on a baking sheet and roast them in your preheated oven at 180° C for about four minutes until they are golden in color and give off a toasty aroma.
2. Place the almond milk, fresh custard apple pulp, minced ginger, honey and green cardamom powder in your blender jar.
3. Blend the ingredients until very smooth, so you do not have to strain the smoothie.
4. Since the heat has already set in, this drink is best enjoyed cold. Chill your smoothie for at least two hours in the refrigerator before serving it.
5. When chilled, and ready to serve, pour the smoothie in a high ball glass. Garnish with your toasted almond slivers and enjoy!
Tip: Adjust the quantities to make a large enough batch so you can serve your guests or family members all at once.
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