Saturday, 9 May 2015


Alphonso mangoes, a national obsession in India and Indians abroad on a par with Cricket and Bollywood! Along with Indians, also we British are trapped in Alphonso obsession too. Either you eat it Indian way by just squeezing the juice out directly in your mouth or Anglo Indian way to keep your hands clean..whatever way you eat Alphonso, you are going to gorge them.
And suddenly last year the EU put a ban on imports of Indian Mangoes as inspectors found some consignments infested with fruit flies.

I know the ban on mangoes made many connoisseurs ( British Asians ) practically in mourning last summer and in those mourners my family were one of them, because my family are a huge mango fanatics, no matter throughout the year how many different type of fruits we consume, still we don't leave any chance to show our desire for alphonso mangoes, only you can get them in summer and that too for short season, so we lived and survived without mangoes last summer.

Same time as a responsible citizen we console ourselves thinking that India should have a better quality control for all their exports. If they want to do business with the rest of the world and appreciate their products, they have to work harder for it.  Until that happens one has to agree that the EU made the right decision to ban the product. And it came as breaking news for us that the ban has lifted on Indian Mangoes to import into the EU. We were delighted to hear this, and our wait started from that day to get hold of those juicy alphonso mangoes.

As the time was coming closer, and we were hankering for Alphonso's. It was a right time to hit the roads in wembley, every year I buy my mangoes from there. As we drove to wembley couple of weeks ago, I told my family ' oh I doubt they have alphonsos here ' because I know,  I can sniff alphonso from miles away. As our car was cruising into the road, my heart started sinking as I did not see any vendors with Alphonso mango boxes. I hurriedly approached one of the stores where I saw few mango boxes, but we had to face disappointment as there were only a certain type  mangoes we saw  but not our beloved came home empty handed...I murmured it's a little fruit, a lot of trouble !

Yes, a little fruit, but million ways you can utilise 'King of Fruits' mango. I have prepared Mango, Ginger and Chocolate Cheesecake on daughter's birthday and Mango Peda on son's. Mango, Avocado and watercress smoothie ,  Mango Ginger Kulfi ,  Alphonso Mango Panna Cotta , Raw Mango and Onion Relish and Mango Lime Lassi, Mango Papaya and Passion fruit smoothie, coconut and mango doodh poha ( Flatten rice flakes in coconut milk and mango pulp ), Keri Kesar Matho ( An aromatic yogurt dessert with Alphonso Mango and Saffron ) Keri no Ras Gujju Style ( homemade mango pulp with spice and ghee ) to beat the heat, for spicy mango treats I drool over on Aam ki Launji ( Instant Mango Pickle ), Raw Mango Rice , Alphonso Mango and Herb Salad , Chatpata Daal salad with Raw Mango ,Raw Mango and Garlic Chutney my dad's style, and to enjoy with a cuppa check out these fabulous baked treats Mango and Nuts Biscotti , Eggless Mango Ginger Muffins and Mango Pancake

Because we have stronger bond with Alphonso Mangoes than any other fruit as the alphonso was unavailable, first time we tried alternative variety of mangoes but a small box, which was exported from another country. Sadly family gave me verdict that these mangoes are good, but not good as Alphonso. I had to find a way to finish those few mangoes which were sitting in the fruit bowl, one or two I used in making smoothie and was wondering where to use the leftover mangoes. 

In the afternoon daughter came up with a suggestion to make a Mango Coconut Tapioca Pudding, she declared that she can handle everything and she will prepare this dessert for all of us. I asked her why this dessert ? She said ' Mum obviously, I love mangoes and Tapioca and you all love coconut, now just pass me all the ingredients, so we can finish these mangoes ! She said dessert will be available after Thai dinner and we all waited eagerly. 

Finally wait was over and Mango and Coconut Tapioca Pudding served to us in an individual glass very neatly, our jaws dropped and were struggling to find the words to describe our excitements. This simple yet stunning and elegant looking dessert was so yummy and creamy. I had to steal all the glasses, and quickly shot few pics, although there wasn't good enough light. She told us that she wanted to make this dessert for us on Mother's Day ( In the UK mother's day falls in the month of March ) but she was waiting for the Alphonso mangoes, but now we had to use alternative. I told her that I celebrate Mother's day everyday, I can enjoy this pudding everyday :) I am glad she made this for us and we had another chance to enjoy other variety of mangoes, something to fall on if alphonso vanishes in the UK, Come on India, Quality and Quantity please !!!!!

Mango and Coconut Tapioca Pudding is a simple way to create a beautiful dinner party dessert. It is easy to pull it together and can be prepared in advance. Serve at dinner parties and watch people go bananas for it. It's a satisfying dessert and filling end to a meal.

mango coconut tapioca pudding, mango coconut sago pudding, Thai mango pudding
Yield: 4-6 SERVINGS



Mango and Coconut Tapioca Pudding is a simple way to create a beautiful dinner party dessert. It is easy to pull it together and can be prepared in advance. Serve at dinner parties and watch people go bananas for it. It's a satisfying dessert and filling end to a meal.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 40 M


  • 150g small pearl tapioca-sabudana
  • 1 can coconut milk thick
  • 500ml whole milk
  • 5-6 tbsp. regular sugar
  • Pinch Salt
  • Few drops vanilla extract
  • 3-4 mangoes peeled and cubed
  • 4-5 tbsp. Mango Puree
  • 10-12 fresh mint leaves



  1. Clean and wash tapioca and soak in cold water for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large saucepan combine the tapioca, (discard the water ), milk, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.
  3. Bring to a simmer, stir continuously until tapioca is tender and translucent. 
  4. It will take about 18-20 minutes.
  5. Now whisk in the coconut milk and sugar.
  6. Cook the pudding on a moderate heat and keep stirring till pudding gets thicker. It will take another 8-10 minutes.
  7. Transfer the pudding into another bowl and let it cool to room temperature.
  8. Divide the pudding into 4-6 glasses, cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours or more before serving.
  9. Combine mango puree and mango cubes. Keep chilled.
  10. Let them stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving.
  11. Divide mango cubes over the pudding and garnish with the fresh mint leaves.
  12. Enjoy!


Want to make a vegan version of this pudding? Just replace normal dairy milk with non-dairy milk and make sure the sugar you use is vegan too.
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  1. Perfect dessert .. so light and nice.
    I love both ... mango and tapioca.

  2. I had no idea there was such an obsession! Looks great!

  3. Looks great! I had no idea there was such an obsession.

  4. I didn't know there had been a ban on the alphonso mangoes. I also didn't appreciate that there could be a big difference, but now I'm waiting eagerly to spy some alphonso so I can taste test for myself. This pud looks great - the perfect combination of comforting creamy luxury and fresh fruit.

  5. What a great recipe! I have to check if I can buy Alfonso mangoes around here.

  6. So glad the ban was lifted! Alfonso mangoes are so decadent - you've made such an epic dessert with them! Delicious!

  7. I am loving mango at the moment and always looking for new ways to use it. This looks delicious.


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