This is for anyone who visited India and left without tasting the super delicious Mango Lassi or any other variety of Lassi… I would say, take the next flight to India as Lassi is well worth the visit alone. Well, for all those who have drooled over on Lassi on your visits to India, I’m sure you are missing it in your home country.
But before I tell you how you can make a yummy Mango Lassi in less than 5 minutes in your very own kitchen, let’s find out what all types of Lassi are available here in India so that you can mix and match the ingredients yourself and be a master chef in making Indian style Lassi.
Lassi is the most common and most favorite refreshing cold drink especially in North India region. And it’s nothing more than a blend of yogurt, water, spices/sugar and fruit. Depending upon your taste, you can go for Mango Lassi or Grape Lassi, and for those who love to die over chocolate can enjoy the flavors of Chocolate Lassi. So you can just play with fruits like Mango / Banana / Grapes / Strawberry and make a sweet lassi or you can try out the salty lassi by adding a pinch of salt and mint leaves.
And it’s not just for the taste but Lassi has many health benefits as well. Lassi is a probiotic that influences the growth of healthy bacteria and reduces the development of bad bacteria in the gut. So an excellent remedy of Delhi Belly or Bali Belly you can think of. Also, there is nothing better than Lassi to boost your low energy levels after a full day walk in burning Sun with heat waves.
Ok , enough of me doing the Lassi talking, let’s head over to making Mango Lassi in less than 5 minutes.
Ingredients (american measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
- 2 cups of freshly chopped mango pieces, about 3 to 4 medium sized mangoes. Best to use Alphonso variety of Mangoes, but you could use any good variety of mango. You could also use mango pulp.
- 2 cups chilled yoghurt
- ½ tsp cardamom powder or 2 tsp Rose Water or a pinch of Saffron
- 4 to 5 table-spoon sugar or honey
- Few mint leaves for garnish
- Peel the mangoes and chop them.
- In a blender or mixer, puree the mangoes with sugar or honey.
- Now add the chilled yogurt, the cardamom powder or saffron or rose-water.
- Blend for some seconds till everything is mixed well and the yogurt has become smooth.
- Pour mango lassi in glasses and serve garnished with mint leaves
- If you want a slightly thin consistency, then add some milk to the mango lassi while blending.
- You can also add ice cubes while blending.
And if you hate Mango, you can try with Banana, Strawberry or Grapes (or whoever fruit you can think of on earth).
Try adding some dry fruits on the top for garnishing according to your taste.
For Chocolate Lassi, don’t forget to add chocolate powder while you are blending everything.
Here’s a quick video on how to make Mango Lassi with Ginger juice at home:
Don’t forget to come back here and let me know how much you drooled while making it!