Creamy and smooth Mango Lassi, what could be a better use of Mango when it is in its peak season? This is just one of my favorite way to use Mango, and I cannot simply express how much I love this drink. I am a Mango lover in general, I love this fruit more than any other fruits. Too bad here in Vancouver, we only have it for few months. I started seeing Mango in the market around last week of March and they will probably stay until July, or August if we are lucky. So as soon as I see Mango in the market, I am in the roll making use of them for drinks or desserts. The mango season will not pass without me making Mango Lassi, Mango Pie and Tart, muffins, cakes and frozen desserts. I am literally on the roll making Mango desserts almost every week.
I made this drinks several times already this year, and I simply cannot get enough of it. Not only that I love the delicious creamy taste of this drink, but I am also absolutely in love with it physically. I love the vibrant yellow color, the nice streak of yogurt on top, and the inviting fresh diced Mango.
Mango Lassi for me is more than just a drink, it is almost like a dessert to me. Because it is so creamy and quite heavy, this alone make me fill full even before eating a meal. This is why I often have this as my snack drink or even breakfast drink so I can still eat something after drinking this. It is quite filling, just be aware of that. If you haven’t tried Mango Lassi, give it a try, it is so easy to make and it makes great use for Mango especially if they are in season. Not to worry though if you cannot find fresh Mango, you can also use Mango puree. They are sold in a box, and I often see them in Asian stores when Mango are in season. But if you can get hold of fresh Mango, use fresh Mango. I always say this, nothing beats fresh fruits that are in season. Use the canned, carton or frozen only if they are not in season.
What is Mango Lassi
Mango Lassi is a milk drink that originated in India. It is a thick creamy drink made with yogurt, fruit (Mango in this case), milk and sometimes some spices. It is almost like a milk shake or a smoothie but without the ice. Some variations also use vanilla ice cream with it and have some nuts as garnishing. The most common Mango Lassi we have here in Vancouver is the yogurt and milk based variation. This is also the same variation I make at home, but on really hot weather, I add vanilla ice cream with it. Either when I blend it or as a toppings when I drink it. Almost like a Mango Lassi float. I hope to share that version as well, probably next year.
Growing up in a tropical country like Philippines gave me the luxury to indulge and enjoy tropical fruits like Mango. Although I already moved to Canada, I still make sure to make the most of Mango during summer. This is one fruit that we often have at home, it is as common as banana, watermelon and cantaloupe when they are in season. I remember always seeing fresh sweet and ripe Mangoes in almost every meal. It was our simple fresh fruit dessert, and I love it.
Mango is great to have even in its barest form, sliced and meat scooped out. But I always find Mango to be a versatile fruit that can be used for a lot of dessert or drinks. I had made Mango Frozen Yogurt, Mango Shortbread Custard Tart, Mango Sticky Rice and more. Although I used it more often for baking, I also love to use it in making smoothies or drink, like this Mango Lassi. For me, this is a perfect smooth and creamy summer drink. Being able to make this at home is fantastic, I do not have to wait to eat out to order it, I can have it in the comfort of my own home anytime I want to. You can have it too, let me show you how. Let’s get started!
- 1 cup Mango puree (about 2 large mangoes) – Use ripe mango, canned puree Mango will work too
- 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 1/2 cup milk (full fat, skim, almond etc.)
- 1/4 cup Granulated White Sugar (or sweetener of your choice but you cannot use the same measurement. Adjust as necessary)
- Scoop out the Mango flesh and transfer in the blender. Set aside 1/2 of the Mango for garnishing later. Add milk, sugar (or any desired sweetener) and yogurt. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer in the serving glass. Drizzle yogurt on top and garnish with diced Mangoes.
Try it and let me know how it goes. Feel free to share this recipe and let’s all enjoy Summer!
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