How to Make Mango Lassi
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!
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
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!