Mango Lassi

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Do you like mango lassis? A favorite drink at Indian restaurants, they’re easy to make at home. Lassis come in all kinds of flavors, some are salty, some are sweet, some have mint, some have fruit. A mango lassi is basically a yogurt based mango milkshake or smoothie.

You can use either canned mango pulp or cubed fresh mango. If you use fresh, you’ll want to use a ripe, sweet mango. If your mango isn’t ripe enough it will be too tart and you’ll have to add more sugar or honey than you would like.

A little ground cardamom sprinkled on top is perfect!

Mango Lassi Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 2 cups

Depending on how ripe and sweet your mango is, or if you are using canned and already sweetened mango pulp, you will need to add more or less honey or sugar to the lassi.

If you have cardamom pods, crush the pods to remove the seeds, then grind the seeds with a mortar and pestle.


  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped very ripe mango (see how to peel and chop mango), or a cup of canned mango pulp
  • 4 teaspoons honey or sugar, more or less to taste
  • A dash of ground cardamom (optional)
  • Ice (optional)


Put mango, yogurt, milk, sugar and cardamom into a blender and blend for 2 minutes.

If you want a more milkshake consistency and it's a hot day, either blend in some ice as well or serve over ice cubes.

Sprinkle with a tiny pinch of ground cardamom to serve.

The lassi can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours.

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  • Moira

    I followed the recipe except used almond milk and added a little saffron. My mango is frozen and really good – tastes almost like fresh when thawed. I didn’t add any sugar as I find the natural sweetness of the mango was enough for me (I don’t like too sweet and am trying to cut out sugar as much as possible). Very refreshing and delicious on a hot day.

  • Kajal kaur

    Hi guys i dont know if this tip has been posted already but its the best one i have for mango lassi- use tins of mango pulp! Can be found in asian food stores or even some supermarkets stock them nowadays- it’s quicker and easier than using fresh mangoes and makes loads more.

  • Dan

    Summer in Australia is a perfect time for Mango Lassi (or a variation!!!)
    1/2 mango
    100ml coconut milk
    thumbnail size piece of turmeric
    pinch of cayenne or small piece of chilli (to taste, only want to taste not feel the chilli)
    squirt of honey (about 2 teaspoons)
    200 grm of natural Yogurt
    top up to desired consistency with almond milk

    I like my Lassi think so 200 ml of almond milk was lovely!!
    this makes about 600ml of magic ;-)


  • mollie

    I was so happy when I found this because it is so easy to make but in my blender the mango didn’t end up getting chopped finely or smoothly so I have tiny pieces in the drink which makes it very unpleasant. I also had to use about 10 tspns of sugar too because plain yogurt is just…yuck! I just wish that my blender could make the mango finer because I really don’t like how this came out because of it.

  • A Fish Named Wanda

    Mango Lassi’s pretty easy to make, though the ones in the restaurant doesn’t seem to use ice, (which I do).
    I find apple mangoes (the general red/green ones) found yearly in the stores to be better tasting than champange mangoes, since those tend to not have enough citrus in them. You could add a slice of lime to it as well to tweak it up a notch.
    Plain Fage Greek Yogurt, (the drained/pressed one) or Chobani actually increases the yogurt taste than normal American brands, you could also use flavored yogurt to slightly alter the Lassi flavor (for those who tends to like to mix flavors).
    Sugar’s almost all the same, but some picky people (like me) could try Raw Sugar or even honey as replacements. Splenda kind of works, but since it’s artificial crap, I tend to stay away from it unless I have nothing else to use.
    Turn it into an icy smoothie and enjoy it in the hot weather!

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