Mango Lassi

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I’ll never forget the first time I tried a mango lassi. My roommate my freshman year of college was Indian, and one night we went to dinner at a local Indian restaurant. I had been there before, but I never tried a lassi…mainly because I had no idea what they were. “It’s like a smoothie,” my roommate explained, “except thicker.” I loved smoothies, so I decided to give it a try.

It was love at first sip. The lassi was cold, smooth, and sweet–exactly the way a lassi should be. Now that I think back, I realize that I had never tasted mango before. The drink reminded me of being on a tropical island, or somewhere far away. It was so much better than a strawberry banana smoothie–it was a dessert and a drink all rolled into one.

I tried to recreate the first lassi I tasted, but I never found the right recipe: The ones I tried from gourmet cooking magazines tasted too contrived, and the ones I found online all seemed to differ. Some recipes advised using water; others said to add whole milk.

Finally, I decided to take matters into my own hands. A lassi shouldn’t be this much work, I reasoned, so I improvised: I took plain, non-fat yogurt, a cup of thawed frozen mangos, and mixed it together with a cup of skim milk. This might not be the gourmet version of a lassi, or even the right version…But it’s the most delicious one I’ve tasted.

Feel free to improvise as you will. But just in case you want a some direction, here is my “recipe”:

Mango Lassi

1 cup plain nonfat yogurt (not Greek)

1-2 cups thawed frozen mango

3/4-1 cup milk

Throw everything into a blender, and mix together until the liquid becomes creamy and smooth. Pour into a cup, and drink right away–the lassi is best served cold.

About Emily Wasserman

Hi! My name is Emily and I'm a writer based in St. Louis. If I was stranded on an island and could request three items of food, they would be pain au chocolat, enchiladas, and Neapolitan pizza.
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2 Responses to Mango Lassi

  1. whatthemom says:

    They seem like they are usually pretty sweet. Was this sweet enough without any added sugar?

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