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”:
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.
They seem like they are usually pretty sweet. Was this sweet enough without any added sugar?
Yes, it was definitely sweet enough! I was surprised because I usually add honey, but the mango was sweet enough on its own.