May 18, 2008

Mango Parfait With Home-made Crunchy Granola

Printable version here.

I was watching Nigella Lawson on television the other day. She was cooking (and feasting) as usual and making Granola that particular day. She then made a parfait with frozen raspberries (I think), topped it with the granola and served it up for breakfast.
I thought this was a great idea and decided to try this out using mangoes instead. It’s the mango season here in India and the perfect time to make this. I pureed freah mango and froze it for this recipe. By the way, pureeing fresh mango and freezing it is a nice way to extend the mango season right into the monsoon!


1 ½ cups mango puree, frozen
1 ½ cups fresh thick yogurt, chilled
2 small bananas
1 tsp vanilla
crunchy granola (as required for topping)


Put the bananas, mango puree, yogurt and vanilla in the blender and blend till smooth. Pour out into parfait glasses and top with granola.
Serve. This serves 4

Actually, I think this parfait is great served at anytime of the day and perfect for the summer. It’s also full of the goodness of fruit and calcium.

I made my granola based on the recipe at the Joy of Baking and made changes only because I used whatever I had in my kitchen. If you would like to make it my way, here’s my recipe.

Crunchy Home-made Granola


4 ½ cups oats
1 cup almonds (with skin, sliced into half or thirds)
1 cup shelled, roasted peanuts
1 cup melon seeds (magaz)
¼ cup chironji/ charoli ( small nuts also known as cudpah nuts/ cudpah almonds)
1 cup apple sauce (home-made)
½ cup honey
½ cup powdered jaggery/ brown sugar
2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 cup raisins


Mix the first 5 ingredients on the list in a large bowl. In another bowl mix the apple sauce sugar or jaggery, oil, honey, cinnamon and salt till blended. Pour this mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix till everything is well coated. The mixture will be crumbly and not too wet.
Loosely spread the mixture (in not too thick layers) onto two greased trays and bake at 170C for about 40 minutes. Stir the mixture a couple of times while baking to ensure uniform browning. Do watch the granola to see it doesn’t burn. Mix in the raisins as soon as you take the granola out of the oven. Allow to cool.
When taken out of the oven, the granola will be a bit soft, but will become crunchy on cooling. Store in airtight containers.
This granola I made wasn't very sweet (which suits me), but if you would like it sweeter then you could increase the amount of brown sugar/ jaggery to suit your taste.

Arundathi at Escapades is hosting WBB #22, aptly titled May Mango Madness! This parfait is going over there.
I am also sending this to Susan at Food Blogga for her Beautiful Bones event as this Mango Parfait should qualify for it with calcium-rich ingredients like yogurt, oats and almonds.


Homecooked said...

Great entry! Looks healthy and delicious.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Hi Aparna,

This is such a wonderfully healthy, cheerful, and delicious breakfast. And I have about 6 mangoes in my fruit bowl that are ready to be used! So thanks for the recipe and for submitting it to Beautiful Bones!


Uma said...

lovely recipe. looks so delicious and healthy.

Arundathi said...

i'm watching her make a chocolate decadent fudge cake right now - god! it looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful recipe Aparna. Did you get the oats in the local market. All I see is the quick cooking oats for porridge. Ive been drooling over Granola recipes for a while now, but cant get the main ingredient. Thks for sharing. Angela

nandita said...

Such a lovely combination, and thanks for the homemade granola recipe. I must make this as soon as i buy some magaj!

bee said...

you really love cinnamon. i envy people who are eating ripe mangoes right now. we get not-so-good ones here.

bhags said...

nice parfait....that home made granola recipe is a keeper

Aparna said...

This is the first time I made granola and I'm going to many times over!

The least I could do , Susan. Hope you enjoy it.

Missed that cake, Arundathi.

The old fashioned oats is available in some supermarkets in India and ideal for this recipe. This time I didn't have that so I used quick cooking oats (Quakers) which is what I had!

Nandita, You can make it without magaz. Just use whatever nuts you can find like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, even cashewnuts (not so healthy, this one).

Yes, I do Bee. And have this big jar of it my cousing brought me that I need to finish!
I went to the market yesterday, realised we have about 2 weeks till the monsoon and went a bit crazy buying mangoes!!! Now I have to find ways to use them up.

Swati Raman Garg said...

yeahhh i too saw that episode.. urs looks perfect... too good

Asha said...

YUM! That makes great breakfast!:)

ranji said...

this looks delcious!!!great for brkfast and healthy too:)

Sangeeth said...

This looks really healthy and delicious :)

Rachel said...

The lady can sure cook up some delectable yourparfait..the colour is just right!!!

Rosie said...

Hi Aparna, this looks so delicious and so healthy.

Rosie x

Zita said...

Hi! looks yummilicious, great for the summer treat :)

Mansi Desai said...

This looks beautiful Aparna! granola with mangoes would surely be a sinful combo! I'll be trying this soon gal:) when are you posting for Monthly Mingle now?:)D

meeso said...

Looks healthy and sounds so good!

farida said...

Aparna, this looks healthy and yummy too! I think when I am going to make it (hopefully soon, because I just printed the recipe:)) I will top it with chopped mixed nuts instead of granola as I am not a big fan of it. Plain nuts will work better for me. Also I think I'll use fresh mangos, as they are in full season now here:)In winter I'll switch to frozen:) This is a great recipe!!! THANK YOU!!!

Suganya said...

Frozen mango puree.. what a neat idea. Last week I had oh-so-good-mangoes. Its been years since I had such good ones.

Aparna said...

Yes, healthy and I can guarantee it is delicious.

Let me know if you liked it, Mansi. And I'll send you an entry for MM.

Do use fresh mangoes, Farida. There's nothing quite like it. And you could try toasting the nuts for the topping. They taste great.

Joe Horn said...

As always, great post, great work. I just did a summer fruit with cream parfait with simple syrup. If you have the time come by and take a look. I made a quick cream with whipping cream, sour cream and honey.

Thanks so much and thanks for the great ideas all the time!