Looking for a healthy and refreshing summer drink? Look no further than my delicious mango lassi recipe. If you've never had mango lassi before, it's creamy and moreish mango and yoghurt-based drink, flavoured with cardamom. It tastes like Summer in a cup!
If you like fruity drinks, you'll also love my carrot, orange and ginger juice!
What is mango lassi?
Mango lassi is a popular yogurt-based drink that originated in India. It is made by blending ripe mangoes with yogurt, sugar, and water or milk. The resulting drink has a smooth and creamy texture with a sweet and tangy flavour.
What type of mangos are best?
Whilst mango lassi tastes delicious with any type of mango, the best and most authentic flavour can be achieved by using Kesar mangos.
Kesar mangos have a sweet and floral flavour, with a soft vibrant orange flesh. They are absolutely divine!
You can find Kesar mangos in your local South Asian grocery store - they usually come in a box containing 6-12 mangos (which usually disappear in a day in my house!).
If you cannot find Kesar mangos, you can either:
- Use tinned mango pulp. This is a can of smooth liquid mango pulp that can be substituted for fresh mango. It is normally made from either Kesar or Alphonso mangoes. You can find mango pulp in most South Asian supermarkets.
- Use a different variety of mango. Alphonso mangos are another delicious choice, or whatever you have on hand! You may need to add extra sugar or honey depending on how sweet your mangos are.
The other ingredients you will need to make mango lassi are:
- Yogurt. I love using Greek yogurt, but any yogurt that you have on hand works well. You can even use a dairy-free yoghurt to make it vegan-friendly.
- Milk. Dairy-free or not - your choice. Coconut milk would be particularly delicious (and if you're a fan of coconut, you'll love my coconut ladoo recipe!)
- Sugar. This adds sweetness to the lassi and offsets the tang of the yogurt. I find that not much is needed but you are welcome to add more if you have a sweet tooth. You can also substitute honey or maple syrup to make it naturally sweetened.
- Ground Cardamom. This fragrant spice is essential for giving your mango lassi an authentic taste. You can find ground cardamom in most grocery stores.
- Ice. This cools down the lassi and gives it a creamy texture.
How to make healthy mango lassi step by step
As always, you can find the full recipe and instructions at the bottom of this blog post.
To make this easy mango lassi at home, simply add the mango, yogurt, sugar, ground cardamom, ice and milk to a blender jug (photo 1).
Blend until smooth and creamy (photo 2) then pour into your favourite glass and enjoy (photo 3).
This recipe is easy to customise to suit different tastes and preferences. You can add more or less sugar depending on your preferred level of sweetness. You can also add more milk if you prefer a runnier lassi.
If you like this recipe, you'll also love my blueberry almond butter smoothie!
Frequently asked questions
Yes - use a dairy-free yogurt such as coconut yogurt, and a dairy-free milk.
Yes! Follow the recipe as normal but omit the ice.
If you don't like cardamom, you can omit it. However, it is a common ingredient in mango lassi which adds depth of flavour.
Mango lassi is best served immediately whilst it is cold and creamy. However, leftover lassi can be stored in the fridge in an airtight bottle to be enjoyed the next day. Make sure to give it a stir if it has separated.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make it, please leave a rating + review below and share your photos on Instagram tagging #shivanilovesfood!
Creamy and Delicious Mango LassiLEAVE A REVIEW PRINT RECIPE
- 2 Kesar Mangoes ripe
- ½ cup Yogurt or dairy-free alternative
- ½ cup Milk of choice
- ½ tablespoon Sugar or honey/maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Cardamom
- 1 handful Ice Cubes
- Peel the mango and add the flesh to a blender jug, along with the yogurt, milk, cardamom, sugar and ice.
- Blend the mango lassi starting your blender at a low speed then gradually increasing the speed, until smooth and creamy.
- Taste the mango lassi and add more sugar or cardamom if desired. If your lassi is too thick, you can blend in a little more milk until you reach the desired consistency.
- Pour the mango lassi into glasses and garnish with extra ground cardamom (optional).
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
- Best served immediately.
- You can make this using mango pulp instead of fresh mango.
- You can make this using frozen mango instead of fresh - if this is the case, omit the ice.
- If you are using a variety of mango that is less sweet, you may wish to add more sugar.
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