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.


Doreen said...

This looks and sounds so refreshing!

Pj Schott said...

That one is going in the collection. THANK YOU.

MareF said...

Sound delicious AND I'm off to the market this morning. Great timing. Thanks.

Mollie Bryan said...

Sounds smooth enough for my little one recovering from having her tonsils removed. I'm IN!

Maggie Sefton said...

Mango Lassi is a real faveorite of mine, Kate. I'm a huge fan of Indian food and discovered Mango Lassi years ago, thanks to Indian friends. Yum!

Vickie said...

Yum!YUM!YUM! And, so I don't look or sound like a dork, how do you pronounce lassi, please?

Anonymous said...

I hope you all enjoy it! Vickie, it's pronounced just the way it looks. Lass-ee.

Vickie said...

Thank you!

Sarita said...

Love this recipe. Thank you!

I made mango jam last week. It is sooo good.