Mango Lassi with Frozen Mango

Cold, creamy, sweet, and indulgent. This popular Indian drink makes the perfect summer dessert!

Fresh Mangos vs Frozen

If you’re Indian, you’re probably very familiar with and also a big fan of mangos! I don’t think I ever met an Indian who didn’t love them.

Recently my parents visited and brought a ton of goodies like bananas, jackfruit, kappa, and of course mangos. I haven’t eaten one in a long time, and forgot how sweet and creamy they are.

In addition to the free produce, I also received an exclusive lesson on how to cut mangos!

According to my dad (a mango-loving expert), you first peel it with a knife. Then feel for the pit with your fingers and start slicing off large chunks along the pit. Finally, dice or slice these large pieces into smaller ones.

Though I don’t have the skill to hold the mango in my bare hands while cutting it like my dad did, I can now cut them properly while preserving as much of the sweet fruit inside. 

But since I don’t buy mangoes on a regular basis, I prefer having frozen cubed mangos on hand.

They may not be as sweet as the fresh, but they are a great substitute. And you don’t need to risk cutting yourself!

What is Lassi?

Obviously, mangos are delicious on their own. But I couldn’t help myself and decided to make some mango lassi.

Lassi is basically a yogurt based drink mostly found in India. It can be made sweet or simply with salt.

Though it is very common in India, we never had it growing up. It was something we only enjoyed when we were older and usually at a restaurant or wedding.

Luckily mango lassi is super easy to make and not very different than the mango smoothies I used to make my kids when they were younger: yogurt + milk + mangos.

But the addition of cardamom and saffron really elevate it to another level of deliciousness.

There are plenty of mango lassi recipes online; some using canned mango pulp, some using granulated sugar, and even some using rose water or pistachios (which sounds delicious)!

I prefer using fresh or frozen mango; the riper the better. Also, I only use a tiny bit of honey if the mango isn’t sweet enough; otherwise, I let the natural sweetness of the mango shine through. 

If you’re craving a cool, creamy, sweet drink, try mango lassi–it’s the perfect beverage for a hot summer day!

What My Kids Say:
10.5 yo: It is sweet and tangy, with a touch of cardamom. And I can actually taste the mango!
8yo: It is sweet, creamy, and smells delicious.

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Mango Lassi with Frozen Mango

Joby’s Test Kitchen
Creamy and sweet mango lassi, is the perfect Summer treat!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups diced/sliced mango, frozen or fresh
  • 1-2 cups yogurt
  • 1-2 cups milk, regular or coconut
  • ½-1 tsp ground cardamom
  • honey, optional
  • pinch ground saffron threads, optional

Instructions
 

  • Put the mango in a blender. Add the yogurt and milk, starting with 1 cup of each.
  • Add the cardamom and saffron if desired. The saffron can also be saved for garnish.
  • Blend on high until very smooth. Taste for sweetness and add some honey if needed. Also, adjust the yogurt and milk to desired taste and consistency. I prefer my lassi more liquidy so I use a higher milk to yogurt ratio.
  • Keep chilled until ready to drink. Pour in glasses; sprinkle some saffron on top. The lassi will last in the fridge for 1-3 days, though I recommend enjoying as soon as possible.
Keyword Indian, magno, smoothie, sweet potaotes, yogurt

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