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How to Make Mango Lassi

Updated on December 6, 2016
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If you've had mango lassi in an Indian restaurant, you know how delicious this yogurt-based drink tastes. It's actually incredibly easy to make.

What you may not know is that there are many types of lassi, not just the kind made of mangoes! There are two main types of lassi. Savory lassi, called salted lassi, is made with salt and cumin. Sweet lassi, on the other hand, is made with fruits and sugar.

This drink has its roots in South Asia, particularly India and Pakistan. There, sweet lassi can be made with a wide variety of fruits. Mango lassi, however, has gained popularity worldwide, so this is the kind I will show you how to make!

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This is all you need to make this awesome drink!
This is all you need to make this awesome drink! | Source

Getting Started

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 whole mangoes (or 1 1/2 cups of mango pulp)
  • 1 cup of plain yogurt
    I actually used 7 ounces of Greek yogurt for this. You can use whatever kind of yogurt you like.
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
    You can use less if you wish, I just prefer mine to be on the sweeter side. If you're not sure how much you would like to use, try gradually adding the sugar and tasting the lassi as you go. It's better to add too little than add too much (because you can always add more.)
  • 1/2 cup of ice water
    For this recipe I used chopped ice, so it'll be an easier job on my blender
  • A blender

Two mangoes sliced, diced, chopped, and peeled.
Two mangoes sliced, diced, chopped, and peeled. | Source
It all goes into the blender
It all goes into the blender | Source

Making Mango Lassi

Peel and dice your mangoes. There are a number of ways to do this. I used a paring knife to peel the mango, holding the mango up on its end and cut the flesh off the mango as I rotated it.

Cutting a mango can be a pain, so you're in luck if you got your hands on some mango pulp. Below is a video on cutting mangoes. Don't worry if your mango pieces don't look fantastic, it's all going into the blender anyway.

Put the yogurt, ice water, sugar, and mango into your blender and blend until everything is mixed together and your ice is completed chopped.

Serve your mango lassi in a tall glass. There will be enough for two people, so you can share this yummy drink with a friend!

How to Cut a Mango

I've always found cutting a mango to be kind of a difficult process. When I cut a mango, it usually ends up kind of mushy, which is fine for things like mango lassi, but not so great for other things where you would like some nicer looking pieces of fruit.

To the right I've included a video that shows how to easily slice a mango. Alternatively, check out the step-by-step article "How to Carve a Mango" which gives some great advice on how to slice a mango.

Creating Your Own Variation

Mango lassi is really versatile. Since there is no heating involved in making this, there are really no chemical changes going on that would making experimenting difficult. Try adding more mango and less yogurt. Alternatively, if you want your drink to be more on the mango-y side, you can omit the sugar and double the mango!

Want vegan mango lassi? Completely omit the yogurt and substitute with a cup of silken tofu (or you can look for some vegan yogurt.)

You can also omit the sugar and use a flavored yogurt. Vanilla yogurt would be perfect for this, but lemon yogurt also has a nice, light flavor that would be great for mango lassi.

If you've made some changes to the above recipe, let me know what you did and how it turned out! I would love to try some different variations of this drink!

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      By Lori 

      5 years ago from USA

      Definitely try this recipe. These are the most delicious drinks-used to always order them in a favorite Indian restaurant. They are a real treat but they can be a little heavy, so don't drink more than one before the food arrives.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love mangoes and this seems to be an easy way to use them in recipes for variety. I usually just make a mess of them and throw them in the blender for a smoothie. This gives me some direction, order, better way to do it, Yah! Thanks!

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      taheruddin 

      6 years ago from Khulna Bangladesh

      I am going to try soon ...

      Thanks for sharing this cool item ...

    • katrinasui profile image

      katrinasui 

      6 years ago

      Looks Yummy! I love Mango Lassi:)

    • Peter Allison profile image

      Peter Allison 

      6 years ago from Alameda, CA

      This is awesome! Thanks for posting this recipe and 'how-to' guide! Mango Lassi is one of my faves - can't wait to make some over the holidays.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I will definitely try this at home sometime! Thanks for the great recipe and information!

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      jenubouka 

      6 years ago

      I had forgotten about this! Coconut milk is good instead of the yogurt, especially for those whose are lactose challenged.

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      PWalker281 

      6 years ago

      Oh my goodness, this brings back memories of when I lived in Washington DC and enjoyed mango lassis at an Indian restaurant in Silver Spring, MD. I remember drinking two after a rather large meal. I simply could not stop; they were SO delicious. But I paid for it later because I was so full I thought I would buurst! Btw, the yogurt the restaurant used was not solid but liquid, so I'm thinking it's more like Greek yogurt than what one typically finds in the supermarket. Thanks so much for the recipe. Rated up and awesome.

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      Danielle Lopez 

      6 years ago from Spain

      This sounds delicious! I've never had Lassi but I love mangoes, so I'll have to try this. :D Voted up!

    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      This looks really refreshing, I'll hold on to it for the summer. At the moment it is too cold out for there to be a need for something refreshing.

    • PeanutButterWine profile image

      PeanutButterWine 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

      Yummy I can't wait to try this, thanks for sharing! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I love Mangos , and we have an abundance of them here in S. Fl. I'll try this, sounds good!

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      Maddie Ruud 

      6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Yum yum!

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