Mango lassi is a refreshing yogurt drink perfect for hot summers and also, for when you have bought more mangoes than you should have :).
Hey there! Thanks for being here.
I am guessing that you love Mango lassi as much as I do.
The good news for both of us is that I have found a quick and easy recipe to make this refreshing drink at home. Now we don’t have to wait until our next visit to the Indian restaurant to satisfy our cravings for Mango lassi. Yay!
For those who haven’t had Mango lassi before, here’s a quick 101 – Lassi is a yogurt-based drink that originates from the Indian sub-continent. Traditionally, it is a savory drink that is often flavored with spices such as powdered roasted cumin, grated ginger, and finely chopped coriander. But some genius came up with the sweet version of it by replacing the salt with the sugar and adding in fruits such as mangoes, strawberries, peaches, etc. and since then there has been no looking back.
Lassi vs Smoothie
I know what you are thinking…Lassi sounds very much like a smoothie, isn’t it?
But apparently there is a difference, my friend – you can make a lassi without fruits but not a smoothie. Also, smoothie may or may not have yogurt, but you can’t make a lassi without one.
That was my fun fact for the day ;-).
How to make it?
Now, there are two ways to get started on this lassi – Either use store bought mango pulp or puree from freshly cut mangoes.
You know, for the most part, I would always recommend fresh fruit but when mangoes are not in season, the store bought canned pulp does make for a good substitute.
Couple of things to note
- The homemade pulp is thicker than the store bought one so dilute it accordingly with water or milk.
- The store-bought pulp is usually sweetened, so reduce the amount of sugar when using it.
- If using fresh mangoes, make sure you pick a ripe, sweet one or else you will have to compensate by adding more sugar. Alphonso mangoes are the best kind of mangoes that you can buy.
- If you are buying pulp, I would highly suggest going to your local Indian store. If you don’t live close to one, get Swad Kesar Mango Pulp from Amazon.
- If your homemade puree is fibrous, make sure to strain it before using it in the recipe.
If you are a Mango lover like me, here’s another recipe for you to try out – Mango Milkshake.
- 2 cups roughly chopped ripe mangoes , or 1.5 cups mango store bought pulp [see note]
- 1 cup yogurt
- 3/4 cup milk or water to dilute
- 4 tablespoons sugar or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder, optional
- Puree the chopped mangoes first and then add the remaining ingredients and blend for another 2 minutes. Note - If using a high performance blender like Blendtec, add all the ingredients together and blend for about 2 minutes.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Disclaimer: Approximate Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.
I would love to hear back from you. So drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave me a comment. Also, if you have tried any other type of Lassi, please do share your recipe.