With the weather finally reaching summer-like temperatures this week (94 and counting!), cool and refreshing fruit beverages are on my mind again. Usually that means margaritas, daiquiris, and mojitos start featuring heavily in my blog posts, but I don’t want you guys to think I’m a complete lush. I do drink non-alcoholic beverages, you know.
The first time I had a mango lassi was in Texas, when my mom’s co-worker from India invited us to her apartment for dinner. I don’t remember what we ate that night, but I do know there were lassis served with the meal, and some kind of sweetened mango-puree over ice cream for dessert. It was the first time I had ever tasted a mango, and I was hooked immediately! I may or may not have gone on to consume my body weight in mango products that night…
Despite my love of mango lassis, it’s been years since I’ve had one. Dan isn’t a fan of Indian food, so we pretty much never eat at Indian restaurants. And, you know…you can only get mango lassis at an Indian restaurant.
But seriously, it honestly didn’t occur to me until…oh, a day or two ago…that I could probably make the stuff for myself at home. I mean, a mango lassi is just mango chunks blended with yogurt, milk, sugar, and cardamom — all ingredients that I typically have in the house. So easy! So convenient! So delicious! Even Dan, who happily slurped down his glass, had to agree it was a very tasty beverage.
Mango Lassi (Adapted from Not a Leaf’s recipe)
Ingredients: (1 serving)
- 1 cup mango chunks, plus more for garnish
- 1/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup skim milk
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 pinch cardamom
- Cinnamon, for garnish
- Throw all your ingredients (except the cinnamon) into a blender, and pulse until the mixture is well-blended and smooth.
- Pour your lassi into a cold glass, and garnish with more mango chunks + a sprinkling of cinnamon.
- Enjoy immediately.