Simple Sustenance: Summer Indulgence — Cardamom-Infused Mango Milkshake

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Ponder well on this point: the pleasant hours of our life are all connected by a more or less tangible link, with some memory of the table.–Charles Pierre Monselet

Mango milkshake by Renu Chhabra, all rights reserved (R)

Summer afternoon and a glass of cold milkshake! Mango milkshake. Something I am always ready for. Why wouldn’t I be? It brings back memories of my childhood — fun and comforting memories.

Growing up in India, summer meant boxes of mangoes showing up in our house throughout the season. Not just one or two varieties, but several of them. Different sizes, tastes, and textures to relish, and we all had our own favorite.

 Mango for mango milkshake by Renu Chhabra, all rights reserved (R)

It was the summer fruit to indulge in — messy but syrupy sweet and wonderfully juicy. Most of all, it was fun to sit around the table; and enjoy this tropical fruit and celebrate the season.

 Mango for mango milkshake by Renu Chhabra, all rights reserved (R)

And with such abundance pouring in, we were treated with mango ice cream, mango custard, mango salad, and not to forget mango milkshake, the simplest of all for warm summer days. Simple because it can be put together in no time.

Its creamy texture and sunshine yellow color always lifts my spirits. Simply said, it’s a happy reminder of my childhood. Little moments that enable us to travel miles away!

 Mango and milk for mango milkshake by Renu Chhabra, all rights reserved (R)

I have accented the mango shake with cardamom in this recipe. Cardamom, as I call the soul of Indian desserts. Just a hint of it makes the recipe sing fragrant notes. A little goes a long way; otherwise it gets bitter. Like we say, “Too much of a good thing can be bad.”

I used honey as sweetener, but you can use sugar or agave to taste. The amount will also depend on the sweetness of the mango.

Mango milkshake by Renu Chhabra, all rights reserved (R)

Recipe for Mango Milkshake


Makes 2 servings
1 large ripe mango, diced medium (approximately 2 cups) and chilled
11/2 cups milk, chilled
1 tablespoon honey or to taste
1 cardamom pod, crushed fine
1 cup ice


  1. Pulse mango in a blender a couple of times.
  2. Add rest of the ingredients, and blend until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately.
Note: Use just the cardamom powder. Discard the skin. Soy milk or nut milk can be used for dairy-free diet.

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  • Betty Ann @Mango_Queen
    June 10, 2013

    I love mangoes and just love this milkshake. It reminds me of my dad, he used to make this often for us when we were growing up. But I don’t think he added cardamom, which I think gives it an interesting twist. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    June 12, 2013

    Hello, I read your blogs daily. Your writing style is awesome, keep
    it up!

  • Renu
    June 30, 2013

    Mangoes are such a wonderful choice for sweet cravings without the addition of extra sugar. I enjoy mango shake a lot specially when they are in season and full of flavor and natural sweetness. Give it a try. Hope you like it.

  • Renu
    June 30, 2013

    Thanks Betty Ann. It’s amazing how food connects us on a deeper level than just feeding our bodies. I too have a lot of childhood memories associated with enjoying mangoes in summer with my family. Cardamom is my twist to this shake. I think it complements the fruit.

    Take care.