Being Indian, specifically Gujarati, mangoes have always been a huge part of our diet. Pickled mango, mango lassi, mango ice cream, to name a few.
Speaking of which, what a coincidence – I’m currently laughing out-load because as I’m typing this post at my in-laws house in palm springs while the kids are napping, a their friend literally just stopped by and dropped off 3 huge cases of large mangoes! Ha…what luck! So back to this post…
‘Keri Ras’ is a delicious pulp of mangoes made in every Gujarati’s home during the mango season. It is my favorite. My mom would make it for us at least 2-3 times a week to have with our traditional Gujarati meal. Using good quality mangoes is key for making good ‘Keri Ras’. You may be asking yourself, “what’s so special about pure pureed mango? It’s practically the same as eating mango pieces!” No, I promise you it isn’t. I really can’t explain the difference, but it’s something about eating spoonfuls of home-made pure mango puree in a bowl, like a soup, that’s just out of this world. My brother and I always thought of it as dessert everyday for dinner =) Traditionally people enjoy this fresh mango puree with some home-made Puri on the side, small wheat flour spiced tortillas deep fried in oil. The combination is a deadly, and is worth trying at some point if you haven’t already.
You can probably already guess that come mango season, we practically have mangoes pouring out of our house. Every time one of our parents come to visit, they bring cases of delicious mangoes. One day as I was pureeing some of these mangoes to enjoy with our Gujarati meal for dinner, I started to think of other possible uses for this Mango Puree. Of course you already know that Vegan Richa’s Mango Curry was one dish that came out of it (which if you haven’t tried yet, is delicious!), but I also started thinking of other desserts I could make. My Fresh Mango Coconut Chia Seed Parfait recipe has always been a huge hit, and I was craving another mango-based dessert. So for my first creation, I present to you my Mango Mousse Parfait!
I kept the flavors pretty simple since I wanted to highlight the mango flavor as much as possible. The richness of whipped coconut cream, combined with mango puree, layered in between freshly diced mango pieces, and topped with a small amount of finely chopped fresh mint…I was in mango-coconut bliss once again!
In the process of developing this recipe, I also discovered that the Trader Joe’s brand canned coconut cream works really well to make coconut whip cream! I typically use Thai Kitchen full-fat coconut milk, but the TJ coconut cream produces thicker coconut whip in my opinion. Since we now have a Trader Joe’s that opened walking/biking distance away, I decided to try out their can of coconut cream for the first time, and it was awesome, to say the least! Thickened perfectly in the fridge with minimal liquid remaining. However, when I compared the ingredients of the TJ coconut cream to the Thai Kitchen Coconut milk, the Thai Kitchen brand does not have any preservatives and has fewer ingredients compared to the TJ coconut cream. I believe Thai Kitchen does make canned coconut cream, but I have yet to find some. So depending on your preferences and what you’re using the coconut whip for, you may prefer one brand over another. Either way, both brands still work well in this recipe. Just be sure to use 2 cans of full-fat coconut milk for every 1 can coconut cream.
This Mango Mousse Parfait is very easy to make, requires simple ingredients, and tastes amazing! It’s the perfect summer treat to make for your family, or to make ahead of time and serve as dessert for a dinner party. And if you’re wondering where I got these super cute small square disposable mini party cups, it was here from Amazon.
Grab a mango and a can of coconut cream and make this today! If you do, be sure to let me know in the comments below, and tag me on Facebook or Instagram @vegetariangastronomy , #vegetariangastronomy, so I don’t miss it!