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Raw Vegan Mango Soup | GFCF, Dairy free | Fruit Soup

Vera, is an excellent food photographer, has a beautiful blog and is one of my recent flickr friends. I could not resist the temptation of the strawberry coconut milk soup she made some time back and wanted to have a big slurp right then. But Mumbai was already rushing into Summer and strawberries were out of question. The flavours were interesting, tempting and extremely appealing. I visioned it made with mangoes and I knew this is one soup my Grandfather would have loved very much.

My mother always says he was very strict and distant. We never saw that side of him. I guess his grandchildren brought out the child in him. He played with us as our equal and taught us several little things. Making dolls out of candy wrappers, a Tamil song to go with pounding the ball, and sing ‘ondara dakkara dakkara dun…..’, a limerick he sang as a child (I have added the Tamil limerick at the end of this post in case you are interested in knowing it). We would try to beat him but he would manage to get more bounces out of the ball without missing a single beat. Playing 28, a card game that would make him so animated, he would scatter the cards when he knew he was going to lose and exalt with pride when he won.

I remember him when I see my son jumping out of his chair vicariously enjoying a game of cricket on TV. My grandfather would go berserk when a fielder missed a potential catch. He loved chewing betel leaves with a fair amount of good tobacco. He loved good food, especially Kerala cuisine. And, he always loved ripe mangoes as an accompaniment to curd-rice, the last course of a South Indian meal.

This soup I am sure would have won his approval. The soup could very well be a shake, if you perceived so. The sharp sweetness of mangoes is smoothed by a kiss of coconut milk, and topped with pure coconut cream. A happy, peaceful union – this. I had promised to post something I made with the coconut cream and coconut butter last time. This is it.

Recipe: Raw Vegan Mango Fruit Soup
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Ripe, juicy mangoes, preferably without fiber (I used kesar) – Scooped to measure 3 level cups.
Thick coconut milk (First extract) – 1 cup
Caster sugar – 2 tbsp.
Kala namak / black salt or pink salt – to taste
Dry mint leaves – To garnish
Coconut cream – 1 tsp. for each serving, to garnish
Optional – Retain a few rough chunks of mangoes to add to the soup

Method:

Mash the mangoes with a ‘pav-bhaji’ masher for a rough texture till coarsely juiced like I did or juice in a blender for a smoother consistency.

Add the coconut milk and fold into the ‘soup’.

Add a pinch of kala namak/black salt or pink salt as per taste. Garnish with coconut cream and serve cold.

We had almost two helpings each as it was irresistible.

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Harini is a vegan food photographer, writer and recipe developer. She also loves feeding birds, reading, watching crime thrillers, and travelling amongst other things.

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  • Sarah

    This is awesome… Ive gotta try this today… thanks for the wonderful recipe

    • Harini

      Welcome! Please let me know whether you liked it.:)

  • Kathy

    this is beautiful. Beautiful photos. I hope you will submit this recipe to my new "vegan finds" website:

    http://www.FindingVegan.com

    ~Kathy

  • Soma

    I am visiting after many months I think. Shows I have not been nice and negligent. Your pictures are just mind blowing Harini! I don't get to browse blogs or Flickr.

    This is one rocking recipe I am sure gonna try. Coconut milk and mango is a combo make in heaven and I am sure this is way better than the regular aam raas kind ( which i don't like much).
    Soma(www.ecurry.com)

  • sweetartichoke

    what a great idea for a dessert! I would love to dip my spoon in it 🙂

  • Yasmeen

    Cold soups are best for the season.Mango and coconut marry so well in the soup.Thanks for sending them over 😀

  • Priti

    Looks fab …love the colour ..yummy one

  • jayasree

    With your description and gorgeous photos you have made me crave for it.. coconut milk and fruit reminds of pazha pradhaman too.

  • Curry Leaf

    Hey dearie,I too used mango and coconut together to make mango pops.Love the addition of black salt.Now surely I must try this.

  • Curry Leaf

    Mouthwatering pics and the soup.Ahem,I am not a big fan of mangoes,but this one must be tried

  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal

    Wow, what a nice bright color of the soup. Sounds delish !!!

  • Sindhirasoi

    Interesting one..well dessert soup, cold soup or raw vegan soup,whats in the name as far as it is made from Mango?
    Lovely clicks as usual…and making me crave for mango shake 🙁

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