What Are Mango Lassis?
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.
Fresh vs. Frozen Mango
You can use either canned mango pulp or cubed fresh or frozen mango. If you use fresh, you'll want to use a ripe, sweet mango.
A Little Sugar and Spice Make Everything Nice!
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!
Where do Mango Lassis Come From?
Lassis are an ancient drink originating from the Punjab region (Northern India and Eastern Pakistan). A lassi is a blended drink with dahl (yogurt), water, spices and sometimes fruit. It originated sometime around 1000 BC and was said to have Ayurvedic healing properties, calming the stomach and the mind.
Lassis were usually enjoyed after a to help aid digestion.
There are both salty and sweet versions of the drink, and were traditionally served in a clay cup, called a kulhar. An extra dollop of clotted cream (malai) may be spooned on top before serving.
Nowadays, there are so many different varieties, even chocolate and caramel lassis.
The fruit varieties, like mango lassis, are especially great to cool down during hot summer days.
Other Spices to Try with Mango Lassi
Sure, cardamom may be the traditional spice of choice, but so many other flavors can enhance your lassi. Try any of your favorite spices, like cinnamon, tumeric, nutmeg, cumin, saffron, maybe a sprinkle of paprika or cayenne, or a combination of any of these.
Beloved Indian Recipes to Try
- Indian Chicken Biryani
- Chicken Tikka Masala
- Red Lentil Dal
- Chana Masala
- Vegetable Samosas with Mint Cilantro Chutney
More Fruit and Yogurt Drinks to Make!
- Blueberry Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Quick and Easy Green Smoothie
- Berry Banana Smoothie
- Strawberry Oat Smoothie
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 chopped very ripe mango (see how to peel and chop mango), frozen chopped mango, or canned mango pulp
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
4 teaspoons honey or sugar, more or less to taste
Dash ground cardamom, optional
Add ingredients to the blender:
Put the mango, yogurt, milk, honey (or sugar), and cardamom into a blender and blend for 2 minutes.
If you want a more milkshake-like consistency and it's a hot day, either blend in some ice as well or serve over ice cubes.
Serve with a sprinkle of cardamom:
Pour contents into a glass and sprinkle with a tiny pinch of ground cardamom to serve.
The lassi can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
Turmeric Mango Lassi from Local Haven
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3g||4%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||10%|
|Total Carbohydrate 35g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|Total Sugars 34g|
|Vitamin C 31mg||156%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|