Healthy Mango Fool

August 14, 2008

After months of dithering, we finally set a date for the man’s former local guardian’s to come over for dinner.

I decided to serve Pepper Chicken Curry with the Nariyal Bhindi I made earlier. As I did my thing, my man announced that he was going to help me.

Great, I thought, bring on the hindrance.

As I looked away, he whacked the flame up on the chicken. Then added an extra chopped green chilli to the masala.

We chatted away through dinner. Smoke gently blowing out of our ears. Eyes watery. Fingers of accusation firmly pointed at the man of the house.

Unwittingly, I had made the most powerful antidote to a spicy meal for dessert. The Mango Fool. Normally this is a creamy blend of ice-cold, ripe mango puree and heavy double cream. But I opted for a healthy mango fool with the equally delicious alternative of low fat creme fraiche.

All conversation came to a stop. Sensation slowly returned to our mouths. A fool saved the day after all.



Feeds 4:

  • 2 ripe large mangoes
  • 4 heaped tbsp creme fraiche
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • Brown sugar to taste



Slice and peel the mangoes. My preferred way is to slice the top off, then cut lengthwise along the sides of the pip and then slice into quarters and peel. Don’t forget the edges of the pip, which often contain a fair amount of juicy pulp too. Keep four tiny pieces aside for decoration.

Smash the cardamom seeds with the flat edge of a knife and whizz them with the mango pieces in a blender. Check for sugar and add some if your mangoes are very tart. This is entirely up to you and depends on the quality of the mangoes you have.

Finally, mix it evenly with the creme fraiche and spoon into four desert bowls. Top off with a small slice of mango to decorate and chill in the fridge until dinner is over.



14 Responses to “Healthy Mango Fool”

  1. Shipra Singh Says:

    March 15th, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Thank you so much for this amazing Banana recipe I loved it and wanted something different so I really appreciate it thank!


  2. Mallika Says:

    November 4th, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Thanks Sonia. Now amended. It’s what happens when you write a post after 12 hours of saving the world one press release at a time…

  3. sonia Says:

    November 3rd, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Just an FYI, dessert and not desert – looks great though.

  4. rosie lovell Says:

    August 20th, 2008 at 11:49 am


  5. Lubna Karim Says:

    August 20th, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Hi, Looks awesome. Color of the drink is gr8.

  6. Sukanya Says:

    August 20th, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Mouth-wateringly amazing desert. Can’t help… but drool.

  7. catering equipment Says:

    August 18th, 2008 at 3:16 am

    Looks amazing, great desert!

  8. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen Says:

    August 17th, 2008 at 8:43 am

    That sounds awesome Mallika! The perfect end to a spicy dinner and a hot night! Looks fab.

  9. Bharti Says:

    August 15th, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    LOl…funny storu…fool looks amazing!

  10. sra Says:

    August 15th, 2008 at 1:51 am

    That sounded quite classic and literary, tho’ I knew you were talking about dessert!

  11. kathryn Says:

    August 15th, 2008 at 12:45 am

    What a lovely idea Mallika. Haven’t had a Fool since I was at school. Creme fraiche is pretty rare here in Australia, do you think it would work with thick Greek yoghurt? Too much tartness?

  12. RedChillies Says:

    August 14th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Yummy! Pray why in God’s sweet world is this called a Fool? But I absolutely loved this dessert!

  13. notyet100 Says:

    August 14th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    wow…such yum sweet treat…hppy independence day….

  14. beth Says:

    August 14th, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Mango fool looks delicious.

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