Spiced Mango Lemonade with Basil seeds ( Vegan Mango Drink )

When it comes to mangoes and mango recipes, a mango milkshake hardly makes it to the list of my favorites. I tend to find it too sweet and heavy to digest. So, I usually stick to my aamras. But lately, the mango lemonade has been a regular on my menu. On most days, I prefer to have a swig in the hours between breakfast and lunch as my energy levels tend to dip after 12. A lemonade with honey as the sweetener is my go-to drink. However with mangoes being very much in season, I do add a bit of the pulp to my lemonade. The result is a yummy cooler with the right balance of sweetness and tang.

To spice up things a bit, I add some powdered dry ginger ( excellent for keeping the digestive system in order ) and some powdered fennel ( an excellent coolant ) to it. For added health benefits and to keep the body cool during summers, throw in about 1 tsp of soaked basil seeds (subza) into each glass and you have the perfect example of 'Health bhi Taste bhi' on your hands. Though it is a bit high on the calories, it is still loaded with nutrients (and free from additives) unlike any of the store bought coolers. Try it and you won't regret it !!

Read on for the recipe of this wonderfully delicious and healthy natural cooler -

















Preparation time - 10 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1 cup mango pulp/chunks
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • sugar syrup (as per taste)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 pinch dry ginger powder (saunth)
  • 1 pinch fennel powder
  • 1 tsp basil seeds ( soaked for 3-4 hours )


Preparation - Take the mango pulp/chunks, sugar syrup, lemon juice , dry ginger powder, fennel powder and blend till smooth. Dilute with as much water as you need.

Place the soaked basil seeds in a glass. Pour the mango lemonade gently over it. Chill for 15-20 mins, Serve.

For sugar syrup - Take 1 cup sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan. Place it medium heat. Boil till sugar dissolves. once syrup becomes sticky, remove from flame and cool down.



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    1. Thanks Ruxana ! Nice to have you dropping by :)

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  2. Mango with ginger and basil---really a nice combination, one will help in digest and another is best for skin.

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    1. Yeah !! that's the idea behind adding those special ingredients like dry ginger, basil seeds and fennel !

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  3. Nice recipe, though I want one clarification. You have used pulp of ripe mango or raw mango? From recipe it seems it is ripe mango as pulp of raw mango can be taken out only after boiling it. But the drink looks similar to aam panna - so the confusion :)

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    1. It's ripe mango pulp or even chunks that I use. Yes, this actually taste a bit like the aam panna that my Masi used to make..she used to put saunth (soonthi) in it !

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