Sweet Mango Lassi is one of my absolute favourite drinks: it’s creamy, rich, sweet, and best of all, healthy. It’s an Indian/ Pakistani drink, and it’s perfect after a spicy meal. It’s very filling, so I prefer to have it for breakfast.
It’s best made with fermented milk or milk kefir, but do not worry, I will show you the simple version of it made with milk and yoghurt. I prefer the mango version, but there are variants: there’s sweet lassi with sugar (or honey), flavoured with lemon, mint or rose water, and there’s a salty one using spice (turmeric, ginger, cardamom or whatever you fancy).
Mango Lassi recipe
+ a big, ripe sweet mango
+ one small pot of plain yoghurt (3-4 tablespoons)
+ one small glass of milk
You can replace the milk and yoghurt by a large glass of milk kefir, fermented milk or laban.
+ optional: a tablespoon of honey or agave syrup, if you like it sweeter
Add the yoghurt.
Add the milk.
Add agave syrup or honey to taste. The mango I used was very ripe and sweet, so I didn’t add anything.
Mando Lassi is best served chilled, so reserve in the fridge for 30 mins before serving.
If you don’t have fresh mangoes, you can used canned ones. This makes a smoother lassi, but I also find it sweeter. You can add a tablespoon of orange blossom water for a more exotic taste.
Lassi is low in fat and low in calories. If you use good quality probiotic yoghurt or kefir, it’s also a great way to introduce healthy bacteria in the gut and boost immunity, for a good start of the day!