Goa Inspired Mango Smoothie Bowl

I wanted to find a way to truly make you feel the raw, fresh beauty of the Indian coastline – a way that lets you immerse yourself in the warm, dusty brown sands that edge into the grayish green water. Even hearing the cacophony of the auto rickshaw’s harsh tinny dissonance melt against the bustling roads is an experience unto itself. Fortunately, I discovered how to capture the melodic chaos of one of India’s most unique cities through taste. In fact, I’ve decided to make a Goa inspired smoothie bowl just for you. As a little bonus, it takes barely five minutes to whip together from start to finish.

Goa Inspired Mango Smoothie

The intention of this recipe is to make two servings, but feel free to make more or less. The base is mango (after all, it is India’s national fruit). Start by peeling one large mango and dicing it into large blocks. Now, measure out half a cup of two percent milk. It is important the milk isn’t whole milk because then the smoothie loses its thicker consistency. If you are feeling particularly health-oriented (congratulations, this gravy-smothered-steak-loving Texan gal will start taking lessons from you), you can even substitute almond milk. 

Toss the mango and the milk into a blender and blend until the mixture is frothy and creamy. You don’t want any mango chunks inside your smoothie but you also don’t want the texture to be watery. This is the main flavour of Goa. It’s tart and strong and tropical. For this specific smoothie bowl, I also chose not to combine any other flavours. I wanted the mango to be a beacon on the tongue, much in the same way the mixed palm fronds sputtering along the Goan coastline and the bustling seascape draws attention with no distractions.

Goa Inspired Mango Smoothie Bowl

Now, for the best part of the smoothie bowl – the aesthetics. I picked fruit that reminded me of those found lined haphazardly under the thatched straw roofs of the outdoor markets – bananas and papayas. Using a spoon, slice out thin cylindrical pieces of the banana and lay them one on top of the other, following the curve of your clear bowl (on a side note, it is a fact that all smoothie bowls looks more gorgeous in a glass bowl). Then dice thin slices of the papaya and lay them alongside the banana. I love not only the added textures in this dish, but what the papaya and banana represent. They are both foreign-originated tropical fruit that were brought to India and grown there. Yet, these fruit are still closely associated with Indian culture. I always thought the role of the Portuguese in Goa was similar. The two are very closely intertwined. Today, each complements the other through architecture or even nuances in spoken dialect (though, once upon a the time, they weren’t looked as fondly upon).

Goa Inspired Mango Smoothie Bowl

Now, back to the regularly programmed recipe. The last topping? Fine powdered coconut. This wouldn’t be a Goa inspired recipe without coconut. You can find a packet of this in any Indian grocery store and sometimes, the international section of a major grocery store. If you want, you can substitute coconut flakes or even fresh coconut. The coconut gives the mango a little kick. This to me, represents the lucrative nightlife, the casinos, and the museums dispersed throughout the beach-ridden region – everything off the shore that still wraps Goa together into a one-of-a-kind city. 

So let’s taste this, shall we? The flavours burst in our mouths. First, one at a time and then they shower together. The dish is slightly reminiscent of  a five-minute microwave cake version of traditional Indian custard. It’s faster, easier to make, and still maintains a level of richness. Goa is on (If you got the reference, I can tell that you’ve been watching several Netflix foreign films recently, my friend. That’s okay. Me too).

Did you enjoy this mango smoothie bowl? Let me know in the comments below! As always, I would love to hear from you. 

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Goa Inspired Mango Smoothie Bowl
A mango smoothie bowl inspired by the cultural uniqueness of one of India's most colourful cities.
Goa Inspired Mango Smoothie Bowl
Course Dessert
Prep Time 7 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 7 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Goa Inspired Mango Smoothie Bowl
Instructions
Making the Base
  1. Take the mango and dice it into small blocks.
  2. Toss the mango into a blender. Pour in the milk as well.
  3. Blend the ingredients until creamy (add a little more milk if necessary to get the mixture smooth).
  4. Pour the mixture into clear glass bowls.
Aesthetics
  1. Slice the banana into thin cylinders using a spoon.
  2. Lay the banana slices on the mixture along the curves of each of the bowls.
  3. Lay the diced papaya alongside the banana.
  4. Sprinkle a teaspoon of coconut powder over each bowl.
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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Misskwame76 .
    June 18, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Looks delicious. Can’t wait to make my own.

    • Reply
      Anshula
      June 18, 2016 at 2:35 PM

      Thank you! I really hope you enjoy the recipe! 🙂 xx – Anshula

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    Karen Wilson
    June 18, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    This looks so good! I don’t have coconut powder available where I live. Is there a substitution I can make?

    • Reply
      Anshula
      June 18, 2016 at 2:37 PM

      Thank you so much! There are plenty of substitutes for coconut powder: crushed almonds (grind until powder), perhaps a dash of seasalt (but something sweeter would perhaps be better), or even dried berries. Have fun! xx – Anshula

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    dramrita
    June 18, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    This looks yummy and your description of Goa made this even more beautiful!

    • Reply
      Anshula
      June 18, 2016 at 4:36 PM

      Awww…thank you so much! That is so sweet (Goa is such a lovely place)!

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    missfrosty1
    June 18, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    That looks amazing. I wonder how many calories it has?

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      Anshula
      June 18, 2016 at 9:31 PM

      Thanks, dear! This particular recipe is 420 calories and that number is in reference to two servings (so 210 per person). xx – Anshula

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    Krista Dial
    June 18, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Yum…this sounds absolutely divine! I’ve been making lots of quinoa bowls lately, but I haven’t made any breakfast bowls or “smoothie-inspired” bowls, if you will…I’d love to try this though and will be pinning for future reference…thanks! 🙂

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      Anshula
      June 19, 2016 at 1:37 AM

      Oooh! I love the concept of quinoa bowls (I’ll definitely be looking into that more)! I totally hit the smoothie bowl train after being bombarded with cute Instagram pics. And I love making them since they are such great beginner level dishes! Thanks for pinning and be sure to let me know how it goes! xx – Anshula

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    Shreya
    June 19, 2016 at 3:08 AM

    This will be a perfect breakfast! And this post couldn’t be written any better! You have done a wonderful job. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! This definitely goes to my must try list ☺

    • Reply
      Anshula
      June 19, 2016 at 1:20 PM

      Thank you so much for the kind words, dear! I really hope you enjoy the recipe! xx – Anshula

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    Travel Pockets
    June 19, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    I love custard, so this is right up my alley. Looks fabulous and so healthy! As always, you write so beautifully 🙂

    • Reply
      Anshula
      June 19, 2016 at 1:18 PM

      Aww..thank you! I’m so obsessed with custard, I would indulge in it all the time (if it didn’t take so long to make). Luckily, I found this short cut 😉 xx – Anshula

  • Reply
    Dylan Cutler
    June 20, 2016 at 6:24 AM

    Yum! Can’t go wrong with those tropical fruits especially for breakfast. I have a few smoothie bowl recipes on my blog you might like too!

    • Reply
      Anshula
      June 25, 2016 at 2:10 PM

      I love tropical fruits so much as well (having grown up in several different tropical regions) and they have always been my go-to for recipes! 🙂 xx – Anshula

  • Reply
    Jenn
    June 20, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    The smoothie bowl looks so refreshing. I’ve been wanting to get into making these for a while. Nice post.

    • Reply
      Anshula
      June 25, 2016 at 2:09 PM

      I really wanted to make them out of curiosity behind the Instagram craze and once I did I fell completely in love with how simple they were to make and how great they tasted! Have a fabulous day, Jenn! xx – Anshula

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    CourtneyLynne Storms
    June 20, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Oooooo this smoothie bowl looks so yummy!!! I’m definitely going to be giving this a try! Yum

    • Reply
      Anshula
      June 25, 2016 at 2:07 PM

      Doesn’t it? Let me know how it goes! xx – Anshula

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