Monday, August 1, 2011

Mango Lassi

by Lucy Arlington

A few weeks ago I had a friend staying with me, and one evening for supper she cooked us chicken curry, which was delicious. To finish off the meal she made us Mango Lassi.

“What’s that?” I asked when she told me that’s what she’d be making.

“Oh, it’s a thick drink made with mangos and yogurt.”

“Like a smoothie?” My kids have smoothies made with berries and yogurt all the time. “How is it different, other than using mangos, I mean?”

“You’ll see,” she said, smiling. “You’ll love it.”

And I did, both seeing and loving it.

After she left, I Googled recipes for Mango Lassi, a sweet, rich Indian beverage. I found several versions, all with the same basic ingredients—mangos and yogurt—but they vary in the flavorings, using sugar, or cardamom, or honey, even cream. None of the recipes I found used the special ingredient in Paulette’s recipe. Vanilla. That makes hers unique enough for me to share with you. On a hot summer’s day, a Mango Lassi tastes better than a milkshake. And hey, there's a bonus—it’s good for you!

Paulette's Mango Lassi (for 4)

2 average sized mangos

2 cups yogurt (we used thick Greek style)

2 cups ice

2 teaspoons vanilla

1. Peel and cut up mango.

2. Put it with all the other ingredients into a blender or food processor.

3. Blend until smooth.

4. Pour into glasses and enjoy.

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