This 5-minute mango milkshake, or Mango Mastani, with fresh mangoes and royal ingredients such as saffron and rosewater is absolute luxury. It's the perfect fruity drink for hot summer days.
What do desis look forward to in warm weather if not for mango season? Fresh, juicy mangoes make their way into our drinks and chilled desserts if we don't eat out of them with our bare hands.
Yes, there is a delicious shake with mangos, Mango Lassi. But there is also a milkshake, the rich and creamy Mango Mastani, that's absolutely luxurious. The heart of Mango Mastani lies in the combination of ripe mangoes, ice cream, milk, saffron, rosewater, and various toppings that all work together to create a decadent and refreshing drink.
You can also toss fresh mangoes into this chilled Fruit Custard, which is also perfect for the summer season.
Why You'll Love this Recipe
The Mango Mastani is not only visually stunning, but is sweet, rich, and creamy! It's everything you want in a tropical milkshake.
- The milkshake is super quick and easy to make with fresh mangos or canned mango pulp.
- It offers a perfect blend of textures and flavors, providing a cooling respite during the hot summer days.
- Experiments by adding other fruits, nuts, candies, or ice cream flavors.
What is a Mango Mastani?
Consider the Mango Mastani as a mango milkshake with a royal upgrade! It's made of your classic mango milkshake ingredients plus luxury additions such as saffron, rosewater, and delicious toppings. It's a luxurious treat during the spring time when mangoes come into season or during the hot summers.
The Mango Mastani has it's creation roots in Pune. It was supposedly created in honor of the Maharashtrian Princess Mastani, the controversial second beloved wife of Peshwa Bajirao, a respected general. Mastani was renowned for her beauty and grace, so it's fitting that such a gorgeous drink be named after her.
If you ever find yourself in Pune, it's worth trying at Sujata Mastani or Gujjar Cold Drink House where you can also try several other types of mastanis. Other varieties include chocolate, kesar pista, and other fruits.
Ingredients - Notes and Substitutions
We use the classic ingredients for a milkshake, with a few extras that imparts popular Indian flavors combinations influenced by Persian cuisine like saffron and rosewater.
- Mangoes - Use ripe, non-fibrous mangoes. I like using champagne (or ataulfo) mangoes. If good quality mangoes aren't in season, then canned mango pulp is a great option. 100% mango juice will also work, but it's best with a thick pulp.
- Vanilla Ice Cream - Plain vanilla ice cream, mango ice cream, or mango sorbet with a ½ cup of cream work great to make a mastani. For a vegan option, use an oat vanilla ice cream or a plant-based coconut ice cream.
- Saffron, rosewater - Saffron and rosewater elevate and distinguish a Mango Mastani from a mango milkshake. You only need a tiny bit of each to prevent them from overpowering the mastani with their floral notes.
- Milk - Any type of milk will work in the mastani, but whole milk is always best for a rich ice cream. To make it even richer, use half and half or heavy cream. Alternatively, for a vegan option use any plant-based milk you prefer. Coconut milk is my favorite.
- Toppings - Use any ordinary milkshake toppings you like, but on a Mango Mastani in particular you'll find fun ones like Tutti Frutti, chopped nuts, maraschino cherries, and fresh mangoes.
How to make a Mango Mastani
To start, prep the mangoes for the blender. If you're using a can of mango pulp, open the can with a can opener. Additionally, prep your toppings - the maraschino cherry, chopped pistachios, mango chunks, tutti fruti - in little bowls so that they're ready to go when the milkshake is ready.
Use a knife to cut around the seed and separate it from the fruit. Spoon out the fruit from the peel. Roughly chop the mango into pieces. Save a few chunks for some fresh mango on top of the milkshake.
Transfer the mango into a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix. Also add the milk, rosewater, saffron, ice cream, and vanilla extract into the blender.
Blend the milkshake until it's completely smooth.
Once the mixture is blended, divide it into four separate glasses and leave a bit of space at the top for the additional ice cream.
Add a half scoop of ice cream on top of each glass. Garnish with tutti fruti, chopped pistachios, mango chunks, and a maraschino cherry.
Serve the milkshake immediately while it's cold.
There are a few ways to customize your mastani that are fun to explore!
- To make it even richer: Switch out the milk with cream when blending.
- Vegan-friendly version: Swap out the milk with any plant-based milk option you like. Coconut milk or cashew milk would be especially delicious. Additionally, swap out the ice cream with an oat-based vanilla ice cream or mango sorbet. You still want the milkshake to be thick, so add ice cubes if necessary.
- Other flavors of mastani: A mastani doesn't have to be limited to just mangoes! You can also enjoy chocolate, kesar pista, orange, and other flavor variations. Just swap out the mango with a different fruit pulp, add extracts, or flavored ice creams.
- Varied toppings: I love the pistachio + tutti frutti combo on top of my milkshake but feel free to have anything else you have. Other options include any choice of almonds and cashews, dried or candied fruits, whipped cream, and anything else you can think of!
The mango shake does not store well in the refrigerator or the freezer. It should be enjoyed as soon as possible.
If you must store it, use an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. The milkshake may separate a bit. It can be shaken back together and enjoyed cold with more of a smoothie texture.
Alternatively, add it back into a blender with a few ice cubes to thicken it up again.
Expert Tips and Tricks
Type of mangoes. The type of mangoes you use matter. Use ripe mangoes that are less fibrous like ataulfo, kesar, or alphonso mangoes. Alternatively, mango pulp or 100% juice can work in a pinch or when they're out of season.
Thickness of milkshake. The milkshake should be niiiice and thick versus a smoothie texture. If you've added too much milk, try adding a few ice cubes in to thicken it back up.
The sweetness level. If you mangoes are sweet, you won't need any added sugar. The vanilla ice cream with sweet ripe mangoes should be enough. Regardless, add sugar to taste if you'd like to.
More Shakes and Smoothie Recipes to try
- Peel the mango and cut it in half, removing the seed in the middle. Roughly chop the mango into pieces. Save a few pieces for garnish.
- Add the mangoes, 2 scoops of ice cream, saffron, rosewater, milk, and vanilla extract into the blender. Blend until smooth.
- Divide and pour the mango milkshake mixture into glasses. Top with a half scoop of ice cream, tutti frutti, chopped nuts, maraschino cherries, and the reserved mango for garnish.
- Enjoy immediately while cold.
- Tutti frutti are little cubes of candied fruit, commonly seen in desserts like Fruit Cake.