Last Updated on May 20, 2020 by Chef Mireille
My theme this week for the Blogging Marathon group is smoothies. Lots of things that go by other names like milkshake or lassi also fall into the smoothie category. Any type of fruit, vegetable or grain in combination with dairy or juice blended up into liquid form is a smoothie. In today’s version, I used a type of purple yam called ube. There are a few different varieties of purple yam. Do not mistake them for the Japanese purple yam which is less sweet or the Peruvian blue/purple potatoes which are not sweet at all. Ube is in the sweet potato family and so usually reserved for desserts and other sweet preparations. Check out this Purple Yam Milkshake for a great use of ube.
Although I can sometimes get the actual ube yam at a market in Chinatown, the frozen form is more readily available, which is what I used in this milkshake. It is used often in Malaysian, Thai, Filipino and Vietnamese cuisines, but most often in the Phillipines.
Ube is one of my favorite ingredients. You may want to try some of my other ube recipes:
Helayang Ube – Purple Yam Cake (gluten free)
Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM#72
Purple Yam Milkshake
- 1 cup frozen purple yam defrosted
- 1/2 teaspoon ube extract
- 12 oz, can evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth and thoroughly incorporated.
wow i love the color of the smoothie…I have read about the yam on your blog Mir, but unfortunately never had the chance to taste. Does it taste like sweet potato too?
Oh my goodness that colour is simply rocking Mir, what a beautiful capture..I love your second one so much!..very interesting to read about this one..
This looks amazing Mir. Such a lovely colour..
That is a lovely color Mir. Your posts usually introduce a new ingredient to me and this time ube extract. Interesting milkshake.
That is such an amazing milkshake Mir. It looks so healthy — I’m guessing from the color that it is packed with anti-oxidants 🙂
Omg, wat a catchy colour. This milkshake looks fantabulous. Just cant take my eyes from ur clicks.
yes the ube extract definitely makes the color more vibrant
Love the colour of the smoothie Mir. Looks very inviting. We get to know of so many new vegetables reading your blog:)
thanks – yes I am lucky to live in NYC where we get access to so many food products from all over the world
That is one colourful and tasty looking milkshake.
Haven’t tasted this variety of yam before, but must say that the color of the smoothie is very appealing.
thanks – you should check out the yam if you can get your hands on them
Never heard bout a yam milkshake. The color looks so tempting, I am sure the taste would be wonderful too!!
Love the color and never work with purple yam.. looks inviting
Wow Mir, that is one awesome color girl!! Wish i could get it here!! Looks tempting!