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GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN TIFFIN :: MANGO LASSI IN 3 EASY STEPS

Mangoes are my favourite fruit. The seven month ban on Alphonso mangoes has finally been lifted in the UK (I keep track of these things) in time for summer and my heart sang for joy at the news. As a young girl, my grandad would buy crates of mangoes that would last a few hours before the swarm of children gorged their way through the fleshy pulp. I love mango lassi too. I wish we had an Indian summer in England, but the closest we can get to replicating this is reminiscing about holidays in sunny climates over a chilled glass of mango lassi. This simple concoction of mango, yogurt, sugar and cardamom powder usually does the trick to help beat the (imaginary) heat!

Ingredients

  • 500g (1 can) of mangoes in syrup; East End stock a lovely Alphonso variety
  • 1 ½ cup natural yogurt
  • 1 cup whole milk(more if you desire a thinner lassi)
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder (cinnamon is a great alternative)

Instructions

1) Pour the can of mangoes along with the syrup into a blender along with cardamom to create a pulp.

2) Mix in the yogurt, a little milk and blend again. Add the milk gradually until you achieve your ideal consistency. I like mine fairly thick and frothy so I add a cup.

3) Pour into lassi cups and top with crushed pistachios before serving.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of posts on TBG. If you want to stay updated with new recipes, check out www.girlwiththegoldentiffin.com where I post weekly ideas of what to cook next!

- Thahmina

We loved all of the wonderful guest posts from our girl Thahmina! Click here if you missed any, and don’t forget to check out her FB page for updates! 

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TBG TRAVELS :: TEHRAN 

I’d dreamt of visiting Iran for years. Seeing images of its magnificent mosques, beautiful parks and narrow bazaar alleyways lined with carpet weavers and rug shops always made me yearn to visit, so when I heard the UN sanctions were lifted earlier this year and that travel as an independent couple (and not part of a tour group) might be slightly more easier, I was in that Iranian embassy quicker than you can say CHELLO KEBAB.


We landed in Tehran in the early hours, just as Fajr began, and on the ride to the hotel we saw the city waking up. Getting closer to our hotel in midtown Tehran, shutters were opening, the streets became busier (Tehran traffic is a thing people – it’s worse than Mumbai), and sunlight began to illuminate the grand mountains surrounding the metropolis that were previously only a daunting shadow. 


There is so much to see and experience in Tehran; from the magnificent royal palaces, to holy shrines adorned with marble and mosaic and the huge parks blooming with flowers and citrus trees, to the dusty streets filled with rich aromas of lamb kebabs and naan, and the artsy and hipster pockets of the city sprinkled with museums and exhibitions. Come Maghrib (sunset prayer) and the city begins to light up, with families, couples and groups heading north towards Tajrish and the Darband mountains for a long night of food, music and nargile in restaurants carved high up into the rocks.


There’s an underlying atmosphere of wonder and curiosity now that the political climate is changing. You can feel it in the markets, from the falooda stands to the rug bazaars, in the glazed shopping malls and the conversations in restaurants and cafes. Will business boom? Will the economy improve? What changes will Iran see? What lies ahead?


Tehran is ambition.

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- A x 

TWO-THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN :: #TBGREFLECTS

2015 has been a year of so much change for us and that includes overcoming all the challenges that come with change too. 

As we step into 2016, it’s important for us to reflect on what we’ve achieved in the past year but also what we’ve learned too, so that we can take confident experiences and knowledge into the new year…

HIGHLIGHTS ::

  • The launch of the ‘Variant Space’ collective in London - a fantastic group of female Muslim artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. 
#seetalkishaadi :) 

Plans for 2016? 

More reflections, insights, discussions and collaborations with the growing number of inspiring BROWNGIRLS out there! 

Embracing change and growth. If 2016 is anything like the past few years that we’ve been running, we can’t wait to get stuck in :) 

- A&Sx

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TBG ANSWERS 

Weight loss, skincare, white girls & bindis – watch our TBG ANSWERS video above to see our responses to some of our most frequently asked questions by you guys! 

This video was first released for our #TBGNEWS subscribers, so sign up if you haven’t already, and get the first peak on upcoming content! 

- A x 

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THE BROWNGIRL TAG

What are your views on interracial relationships? Have you ever been called a coconut/freshy? Do you have white friends? Describe a browngirl in 3 words…

All the above & more! Check out our latest YouTube video - THE BROWNGIRL TAG! We’re tagging all you amazing, inspiring and creative browngirls ‘cause we’d love to see your answers to the questions we put together! 

- A&S x 

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SAD MORNINGS :: INDIA VLOG 3

It’s the third in the #TBGINDIAVLOGS series! This time, we’re off to a not-so-great start. Subscribe for more!