Mango is such a divine fruit. Mangoes are pulpy, juicy, sweet, luscious. Their bright orange-yellow colour plays with your eyes and their succulence makes them totally irresistible.
Here's an easy, eggless recipe with easily-available ingredients to make mini muffins out of these delicious mangoes. I prefer mini muffins to muffins because they are smaller, good for a quick bite and can be very appealing. If you don't have a mini muffin tray, you can use a regular muffin/ cupcake tray (baking time will increase by about 10 minutes), but I would urge you to get yourself the mini muffin tray. A few online stores seem to sell them. Mini muffins look very cute and you can serve them at a party or take them to your friend's house or to your child's play date and they will be immediately liked. You can even slip one into your child's tiffin box.
1 1/2 cups Maida or all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
3 to 4 cardamom pods
1/2 cup ghee (slightly melted)
1/2 cup thick yogurt/ curd
1 cup mango puree
- I used 2 regular sized mangoes for the puree. For best results use ripe and sweet mangoes.
- All ingredients, specially the mango, should be at room temperature.
In a bowl, combine maida and baking soda and keep aside.
Discard the skin and blend cardamom with sugar for about 10 seconds. Take this powdered sugar into a large bowl. Add ghee and mix well. Get rid of lumps. To this add curd and mix thoroughly. Get rid of lumps.
To make the puree, chop mangoes roughly and blend for 10 to 15 seconds or till you get a fine puree. Measure out one cup [You may need more mango depending on the size. ] Add puree to the above mixture and mix really well. Get rid of lumps. You don't want any lumps.
To this, add the maida+baking soda little by little and mix thoroughly [ I used my handheld whisk. You can use an electric hand mixer to get a smooth mix.] Make sure you get rid of lumps. The batter should be smooth and lump-free.
Preheat the oven to 170C (340F).
Line a mini muffin tray with paper liners. If you don't have a mini muffin tray you can use a regular muffin tray. The baking time will vary.
Using two spoons get the batter into each liner till it's 3/4th full.
Bake for 15 minutes (+ or - 5 minutes depending on the oven), till the muffins are done and a fork inserted in the centre comes out clean.
[If you are using a regular muffin tray, bake for 20 to 25 minutes.]
Allow to cool. You can frost these muffins and make cute cupcakes out of them. [If you are using a regular muffin tray and you realise only later that the inside in still a little sticky, then refrigerate the muffins and they should be good after an hour].
Enjoy these cute treats with your family or friends!