What is a Mousse?
I love making mango mousse whenever mangoes are in season. So what is a mousse? A mousse can be sweet or savory. Its soft food whereby air bubbles gives it a light and airy texture or can be creamy and fluffy. It all depends on the ingredients used. While I’ve not tasted any savory mousse so far but enjoy the sweet ones.
Basic Components of Mousse
The Base – using fruit puree, chocolate, cheese, yogurt, meat or fish.
The Binder – the binder can be whisked egg white, gelatin, agar agar or chia seeds.
The Aerator – usually whipped cream or egg whites are used.
The Flavoring – spices, herbs, extracts, seasoning, etc.
In the Past:
I once tried out a mango mousse using a recipe from a Tarla Dalal book. At that time had no idea how the texture of a mousse should be. Though the taste was awesome, the texture I realized much later was all wrong. It was set more like a cheesecake than a mousse. Mousse texture should be light, airy, when you spoon it holds its shape but not firm. Remember while watching a cookery show on telly the chef mentioned think of the hair mousse or the shaving mousse.
After much trial and error, not wanting to use normal jelly or jello (contains collagen from animals) or raw eggs landed with an easy peasy mousse recipe. I use the basic mousse recipe for all the other fruit mousse I make.
Some Mango Recipes you may want to check out:
Try a different dip:
- Black Rice Pudding with Mango– simply an exquisite dessert
- Creamy Mango Coconut Jelly
- Easy peasy Mango Fool
- Luscious Mango Panna Cotta
- Did you know mango and chocolate combination tastes awesome? Try Mango Marble Mini Bundt Cakes
- A fruity bake – Mango Kolache
- eggless Upside Down Mango Cake
- Mango Chocolate Cake, eggless
Healthy breakfast Idea :
- Mango and Yogurt Smoothie
- Banana, Mango and Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl
- Some homemade jam – Mango and Passion Fruit Jam
- Some tasty smoothie – Mango Strawberry Smoothie
Best ever summer time treat
- cooling Mango Banana and Mint Sorbet
- Delicious Mango Cardamom Ice Cream
- A treat for kids and adults – Mango Coconut Paleta
- tangy yummy Mango and Passion Fruit Paleta
- Refreshing and Cooling Mango Sorbet
- This Mexican drink is simply delectable – Mangonada/Chamango Slush
- Thirst quencher – Mango orange Smoothie
- Aam Panna– a famous raw mango summer drink
Some Mango Salads to try:
- Healthy and filling Mango Avocado Salad
- Mango and Curried Chickpea Salad
- Two fruit combined Strawberry Mango Mesclun Salad
- Filling and healthy Mango Paneer Salad
- Colorful Beetroot and Mango Feta Salad
- Meal on its own- Mango Avocado and Bean Salad
My Favorite Curry:
Ingredients required for Mango Mousse
- Fresh ripe mango – I prefer to use mangoes that are not fibrous. If they are, its best to sieve or strain the mango puree before making the mousse.
- Whipping cream
- Sugar – best to use powdered sugar
- Lemon juice – balances the flavors
- Agar Agar or Vegetarian Gelatin – for this recipe I’ve used vegetarian gelatin. If you want to use agar agar bear in mind that 1 tsp agar agar powder or 1 tbsp agar agar flakes sets about 1⅓ cups of liquid. I like using Dr. Oetker’s VegeGel.
- Milk or Water – for the gelatin or agar agar
- Saffron Strands – for flavoring
- Cardamom – for flavoring. Cardamom pairs well with mangoes
- Topping of your choice – I used chopped mango and passion fruit pulp. You can add chocolate, nuts, or a mango puree too.
- Gluten free
- Suitable for Vegetarians
- 2 cups ripe mango chopped
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp cardamom powder
- 1 sachet(6.5g) vegetarian gelatin
- 3 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1½ cup whipping cream
- ½ cup water
- 10-12 strands saffron
- extra chopped mango for topping
- 2 passion fruits remove the pulp
- Sprinkle gelatin over the milk. Stir gently and leave it aside for 10 minutes.
- In the meantime, puree the mango in a food processor or blender.
- Strain it with a sieve if the puree has fibres.
- Add lemon juice,cardamom and saffron to the mango puree and mix well.
- Add sugar to the whipping cream.
- Whip till it forms soft peaks.
- Heat the gelatin mixture and stir till the gelatin melts completely.
- Pour the gelatin mixture into the mango puree mixture and mix well.
- Fold in the whipped cream into the mango puree mixture.
- Divide the mousse between 8 bowls or glasses.
- Cover the bowls or glasses with cling film or small lids.
- Put it in the fridge and allow the mousse to set at least for 6-8 hours or overnight.
- Top with chopped mango and passion fruit pulp before serving.
- Add topping of your choice like mango or other fruit puree, nuts, chocolate, other chopped fruits, etc.
- If you don't have vegetarian gelatin, use 2 tbsp agar flakes or 2 tsp agar agar powder. When using agar agar work fast as it tends to set quickly.
- Adjust sugar according to the sweetness of the mango.
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