Lassi is a popular yogurt-based drink in India, Pakistan and Indian restaurants here in America. This simple blend of yogurt, water, spices, and perhaps fruit are similar to milkshakes, bit thinner and much more frothy.
Two of the most common varieties of lassi here in America are mango and strawberries. Making mango lassi is especially easy and especially satisfying.
Even though, we may see the word “lassi” and automatically read it as if were Lassie the Dog…(unless you’re younger than how many years old and have no clue what Lassie is)…the word is actually pronounced “luh-see,” as the beginning of the word “luscious.”
Although Indian lassi can come in a variety of flavors—sweet, salty, minty, spicy—we are on the topic of mango and fruit here lately, so I want to stick to making the perfect mango lassi.
The perfect mango (or strawberry) lassi has a perfectly dreamy consistency…is packed with good-for-you wholesome ingredients like fresh strawberries mango or strawberries and Greek yogurt.
Benefits of Lassi
As far as nutrition, lassi contains is rich in Vitamin D, lactic acid, powerful antioxidants, fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, potassium, and calcium…
Yet is low in sodium and fat…and contains fourteen grams of carbs and no added sugar.
As far as health benefits, lassi is amazing for your immune system…very beneficial to your digestive health because it helps support bacterial balance…great is maintaining the health of your bones…enhances the function of blood vessels and improve blood pressure.
Mango lassi is made with just three ingredients—mango, some sort of dairy or dairy alternative, and sugar or a sugar substitute—and is ready in only ten minutes…and yogurt is the “star of the show,” even though you can make lassi using yogurt, cream, milk, or even ice cream.
The colder your ingredients are to start off with, the better your lassi will be.
The Yogurt…2C…The yogurt that you use could be your choice of plain, fresh, or homemade…(more on making yogurt at home later)…
Greek yogurt will give your lassi a heavenly creaminess of Greek yogurt and extra protein…as well as help the lassi to be more “filling.” If your lassi seems too thick, thin it down with some milk or water.
Feel free to add up to 1C milk or water, until you get the texture that you are going for.
The Mango…2-1/2C fresh mangoes or mango pulp
You can almost always find juicy, ripe mango at the grocery store or on Instacart, but you can also find it at your local Indian grocery store…(that is if you can even find a local Indian grocery store)…
As with anything else you make, your finished product will only be as good as the most basic ingredients. So use the best quality mangoes that you can find…mangos that are sweet, juicy, and non-fibrous…such as the Ataulfo, Kent, or Keitt variety.
You can also find canned mango pulp to use as a delicious substitute…and this can often be even sweeter and more decadent than fresh mango….or frozen mango cubes.
The Sweetener...Use whatever sweetener you choose if you want your lassi to taste even sweeter…such as 1Tbsp sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, or stevia.
As with smoothies, you probably don’t even need a recipe per se in order to make this…just throw it all in the blender and let the blender do the work for you. Blend for about two minutes.
Adding ice to your blender will make your lassi more like a milkshake consistency and will be greatly appreciated in the hot Texas summer days that are quickly approaching.
Blend until your lassi has the same consistency as thick pancake batter.
A few more ideas for making lassi are…
- Banana…Blend in one banana instead of the mango.
- Mint…Add 1/2tsp dried mint.
- Papaya…Substitute 1C papaya chunks.
- Savory…Add 1/2tsp cumin.
- Spicy…Add ginger, chili powder, cilantro, and lime or lemon juice.
- Strawberry...Replace the mango with 2-1/2C fresh strawberries.