Homemade Mango Lassi
A homemade version of the popular Indian drink, this Mango Lassi combines mango pulp with yogurt and ground cardamom for a creamy, spiced drink.
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Bob and I visited my sister and her boyfriend Steve in Michigan in early December. We paid another visit to the adorable Bavarian town Frankenmuth. We bought pastries at the Bavarian Inn, visited the Cheese Haus, and drove by Bronner’s, the World’s Largest Christmas store. I say drove by because we didn’t go in; it was crazy busy!!! We had already gone in the summer, and let me tell you, it’s incredible. If you like Christmas, you will love this store! They have every type of decoration you can imagine, as well as every type of ornament that exists. Bob and I bought 7 ornaments, each of which uniquely represents us as individuals or as a couple. See these cute little S’mores ornaments:
During our visit, Steve made us a Mango Lassi. While Bob loves fresh mango, every time I’ve tried it, it tends to have a very pine-y taste. This might indicate that it’s not ripe, or that the piece I try is too close to the stone, but when Steve offered this traditional Indian drink to me I definitely didn’t think I would like it. Well, I was right, I didn’t like it . . . I loved it 🙂 Maybe because he used mango pulp, which is made out of perfectly ripe mangoes, or maybe it’s the combination with the yogurt and cardamom, but this drink is fantastic!
I found mango pulp at an international foods store in Michigan. I have had some trouble finding it in mainstream grocery stores. You may use fresh mango or even canned, but the flavor will not be as robust as with the mango pulp. It’s a more concentrated flavor.
Steve’s recipe calls for a “dash” of cardamom. These measuring spoons were my great aunt’s. They are pretty funny 🙂 It turns out a “dash” is about 1/4 teaspoon.
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- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup mango pulp (or chopped mango)
- 4 teaspoons sugar (or more to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (plus more for sprinkling )
- 5-7 ice cubes
- Put ice, mango, yogurt, milk, sugar, and cardamom into a blender and blend for 2 minutes.
- Pour into individual glasses, sprinkle with a little cardamom, and serve. Can be stored in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.