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19 September, 2015

Chickoo ( Manilkara Zapota ) and almond shake. GF with DF option

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What  shake?  I  know  your  thoughts,  exactly.  Chickoo,  Sapota.  Nope,  never  heard  that  before.  Well,  I  don’t  blame  you.  It  grows  only  in  tropical  climates  like  India,  Thailand,  Vietnam,  Southern  Mexico,  Central  America.  It  has  been  cultivated  in  Florida  in  the  US.

I  was  in  the  city  recently.  The  food  blogger  inside  me  always  likes  to  visit  ethnic  supermarkets.  I  like  trying  new  or  revisit  old  favourites.  This  was  my  find  this  time.untitled-3

This  brown  beauty  is  like  a  big  berry.  Inside  the  plain  skin  is  the  sweet,  meaty  and  a  bit  grainy  pulp.  Tease  the  few  long  black  seeds  out  and  you  are  ready  to  enjoy  the  fruit.

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It  did  bring  back  memories  of  long  summers  years  back.  Not  only  was  the  market  flooded  with  Sapotas,  but   also  tribal  women  street  vendors  were  seen carrying  deep  wicker  baskets  filled  with  these  fruits  on  their  heads .  Defying  the  mid  day  heat  they  would  ferry  their  wares  calling  out  ”  Sapota  paka,  libi  go.”  Ripe  Sapotas,  anybody…

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Next  time  you  see  these  unfamiliar  fruit,  do  not  shy  away.  Abundant  in  fructose  and  fibre  it  is  good  for  the  bowels.  It  contains  Tannins,  the  polyphenolic  antioxidant.  There  is  Vit  C,  minerals  like  Iron,  Calcium  and  Magnesium.  So  let  the  boring  exterior  not  fool  you.  As  is  said,  don’t  judge  the  book  by  its  cover.

Recipe:  Yielded  two  long  glasses

Ingredients;

Chickoo,  skinned,  pitted  and  cut  in  pieces                       2  cups

Homo  milk                                                                             2  cups

Honey                                                                                     1 Tbsp

Almond  pieces                                                                       2  Tbsps

Method;

Put  all  the  above  ingredients  in  a  blender  and  enjoy.  I  did  not  add  any  ice  cubes  here,  but  feel  free  to  add  it.  Garnish  with  almond  flakes.

Inside  Scoop;

Adjust  the  thickness of  the  smoothie  to  your  choice.  Some  like  it  runny,  I  like  it  thick,  you  may  even  need  a  spoon  to  enjoy.

Substitute  with  coconut  milk  for  DF  option.

By  Ratna

2s COMMENTS

2 thoughts on : Chickoo ( Manilkara Zapota ) and almond shake. GF with DF option

  • September 25, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Love this post, Ratna. Thanks for blogging about this fruit. I never heard about it and seems quite exotic. Next trip to Florida, I will look for it.
    I’m curious and intrigued by it! 🙂

    • Ratna
      September 25, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks Elisabeth. Indian supermarkets may carry it. I have seen frozen Chickoo too in these stores. Good luck.

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