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Mango Lassi

thick, smooth, creamy and insanely delicious mango lassi

Drinks, Recipes | April 8, 2016 | By

Lassi is a popular Indian drink made with yoghurt. Mango lassi is like a mango smoothie, it is thick, smooth, creamy and insanely delicious.  I never ever have any guilty feelings when I down glass after glass of this drink. It has fruit, yoghurt and spice, this to me spells healthy. Okay, caution just one or two glasses a day should do.

It helps cool you off on hot days and the yoghurt in it is beneficial for soothing the digestive tract. It also helps in cooling the tongue after a spicy meal e.g pepper soup or curry sauce.

Lassi can be made and refrigerated for upto 24 hours.

Use a sweet specie of mango for ultimate goodness, or you can use tinned mango pulp, though it lacks the acidity and depth of flavour the natural fruit has. Mango can be replaced with Pawpaw (papaya) or banana.

fresh mango for mango lassi

Sweetening of mango lassi is purely optional, I prefer to use honey especially if I am using fresh, organic mangoes because it adds a natural sweetness to the drink. You can also use sugar.

honey for mango lassi  

  Instead of cardamom, you can sprinkle dry fruits (currants, raisins etc), nuts or desiccated coconut.

cardamom for mango lassi  crushed ice for mango lassi

For the level of  satisfaction you get from mango lassi, it is unbelievably easy and quick to make.

To make Mango Lassi:

1½ cups peeled and de-seeded ripe mango
1½ cups plain yogurt
½ cup orange juice (fresh or packet) or cold water
2 tablespoons honey or 1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
Ice cube

 

Cut up the flesh of the mango.

Combine mango, yoghurt, orange juice, honey, cardamom and ice cube in a blender.

mango lassi ingredients in a blender

mango lassi ingredients in a blender

  Puree till the mixture is smooth and frothy.

mango lassi in a blender

Fill tall glasses and serve.

thick, smooth, creamy and insanely delicious mango lassi

 

Enjoy with a spicy snack like Jamaican pie, hot pepper soup, peppered snailspicy coconut curry, spicy asun or jamaican goat curry.

Let us know how much you loved the mango lassi in the comments below. Also, have you tried using pawpaw (papaya) or banana?

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