If you are an Indian, you would start salivating at the mention of Mango Lassi. Come summer months of April, May, June - every Indian household would pile up a stock of mangoes and as a ritual, mango lassi would be prepared every evening, perfect for quenching thirst as well as cooling the body during the hot summer months. This traditional Indian yogurt drink is sure to be a great way to quench your taste buds on warm summer days!
Mango Lassi Recipe
Mango is a fruit that is hard to resist. They are soft, sweet, and juicy. The perfect sweet natural treat so why wouldn't they work in a drink? In this recipe for mango lassi, very simple ingredients are used. That makes it easy for anyone to whip up.
If you find the lassi a bit too thick, you can add some low-fat cream or milk if you prefer. Otherwise, while we add cardamom powder and top with some rose petals and almonds, you do not have to add those for it to be a delicious beverage.
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What Does Lassi Taste Like?
Mango lassi is hard to say no to. Even people who do not like mangoes have been known to love mago lassi. It’s the best way to combine the sweetness of the mangoes with the sourness and coolness that comes from yogurt.
Mango Lassi has a creamy texture and a bright yellow color. But that might vary depending on the type and quality of the mangoes. Yours might look different if you use a different variety. Just ensure that the mango you use isn’t too fibrous.
Overall, the flavor is sweet and creamy, but a bit thinner than a milkshake while not being watery. If you like smoothies, then a lassi is a great choice to add to your menu.
Is Mango Lassi Good For You?
Yes! In most diets, a lassi is an excellent way to add calcium, protein, and vitamins to your daily meal plan.
Mangoes are an excellent source of antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium, magnesium and of course beta carotene. With Vitamin D and protein in the yogurt, it's definitely an excellent choice.
What Yogurt Goes in Lassi?
You can use any yogurt in lassi. A plain yogurt or vanilla yogurt works well with the mango in this recipe, but you can also use Greek yogurt if you prefer. Traditionally a basic plain yogurt is the base of lassi, and is what is used in the recipe below.
What Type of Mango Do I Use?
The best part about mangoes is that there are numerous varieties to choose from. Each variety has its own texture, taste, and sweetness. The variety used here is Alphonso mango, hence the texture and color.
This means that every time you get different mangoes, your mango lassi is going to taste different! This is amazing as the drink will never get monotonous.
Can I Use Frozen Mango for Lassi?
Yes! Just like you can use different varieties of mango, you can also use frozen mango or even canned mango with juice drained. That way, if mango isn't in season, you don't have to go without your favorite drink!
How Long is Lassi Good?
Lass is best when drank within 2 days of preparing. While it can be made further in advance, the mixture can separate as well as the yogurt go bad. Since it is so easy to make, I prefer making it fresh just before serving.
Do I Have to Use Cardamom?
If you don't have cardamom on hand, you don't have to use it in this recipe. It adds a light floral flavor to the lassi but is not a necessity. Cardamom can often be found in small amounts at your local Asian or Indian market if you want to try it without investing in a large bottle.
Are Rose Petals Safe to Eat?
Yes! One of the most commonly used ingredients in Indian cooking is the rose. The petals are often dried and used as a garnish, or used to make rose water or rose syrup. While they are safe to eat, I don't recommend grabbing roses from a florist, but rather the ones that are grown for use in cooking. Dried flower petals are widely available in markets worldwide.
How Do I Cut a Mango?
There are multiple methods of cutting mangoes, but I love the classic method shown below. Just slice on either side of the seed, then slice across the mango halves going opposite directions to create squares. Then you can flip the peel under and it will pop the pieces out like shown. Scoop or slice them off!
- Alphonso mango
- Plain yogurt
- Cardamom powder
- Rose petals
Kitchen Tools Needed
How to Make a Mango Lassi
Peel and cut mango into small pieces.
In a blender, combine the mango, yogurt, sugar, and cardamom powder.
Pulse until the mixture is creamy and the mango is completely blended. If too thick, add milk in ⅛ cup additions until it is the desired consistency.
Pour into glasses and refrigerate until ready to serve. Best chilled for at least 30-minutes so cold throughout.
Garnish with chopped almonds and dried rose petals before serving.
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Mango Lassi Traditional Indian Yogurt Drink
- Measuring cup
- Serving glass
- 2 cups Alphonso mango 330 grams
- 2 cups plain yogurt 490 grams
- 4 tbsp sugar 50 grams
- Pinch cardamom powder
- Almond slices
- Dried rose petals
- Peel and cut mango into small pieces.
- In a blender, combine the mango, yogurt, sugar, and cardamom powder.
- Pulse until the mixture is creamy and the mango is completely blended. If too thick, add milk in ⅛ cup additions until it is the desired consistency.
- Pour into glasses and refrigerate until ready to serve. Best chilled for at least 30-minutes so cold throughout.
- Garnish with chopped almonds and dried rose petals before serving.