Rich & Soothing Mango Lassi! (A Yogurt-based Indian summer drink)

So, last Friday hubby and I went to the Indian store for the first time after returning home from our India trip and the first thing we saw perched on the counter was- A box of Mangoes!

In the past, we have tried the mangoes available in the UK and now Ireland, and never have they turned out to be as sweet as the mangoes available in the hot months of May and June in India. So, normally we never get the mangoes at the Indian store, but still reveling in the hangover of our recent trip, we couldn’t stop ourselves this time and got the box, hoping that they turn out to be reasonably sweet.

Back home and over excited, we cut the first mango as soon as we entered through the door aaandddd……It was SOUR! 

*Long faces*

“We will never ever purchase mangoes outside of India again!” Hubby remarked angrily.

Sighing, I chopped the sour mango and kept it in the refrigerator to make Mango Milkshake or Mango Lassi (A traditional yogurt-based Indian summer drink) the following morning.

I started making the Mango lassi after breakfast the next day, as I wanted to inaugurate my new Kulhars I had brought from India. North-Indians will understand the term ‘Kulhar’ very well. It is basically a traditional, handle-less terracotta cup that is unpainted and unglazed, and meant to be disposable after one use. When we were kids, I remember stopping at a little district called Firozabad, on our way to our grandparents’ house in Meerut, specially to drink the famous Kulhar wali chai (tea served in Kulhars). Nowdays, you get a variety of unbreakable and re-usable kulhars in the market and I brought along a set with me from India this time.

So back to mangoes, I set up the blender and threw in the chopped mango from the night before in it. Taking another mango from the box, I peeled it and had a little taste of it, expecting it to be as sour as the first one………Surprise Surprise! IT WAS SWEET! 

YAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

Being a weekend, hubby was home and I shouted for him to come and taste the mango. He did and we were both jumping with joy in my little kitchen! 1…2…3 mangoes…..We kept on eating like crazy people until I saw that there were only two mangoes left in the box.

“My Mango lasssii!!!!” I wailed, “..and I wanted to decorate the mangoes in the background for the photos!!!!

We looked at each other and burst out laughing!! Well, this is Indians and Mangoes for you. Total madness.

Anyway, I made the Mango lassi from 2 mangoes (using the sour one) and as you can see from the pictures, had one remaining for the picture taking. 

The pride of North-India, lassi is probably one of the most beloved beverages during the sweltering Indian summer. This smooth and creamy yogurt-based beverage is a great summer cooler not only in the north, but all across India. You can consider it as an Indian smoothie! 

Mango lassi combines two of my favorite things together during summer- Mangoes and Yogurt. Yummy yum yum!!

Give this easy recipe a go friends, and enjoy! (If you are in India, eat extra mangoes on my behalf before the season ends)

Happy Summer!

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Ingredients:

– 2 large mangoes, peeled and chopped

– 2 tbsn cream

– 3 tbsn yogurt

– 1/4 cup chilled milk

– 1 tsp Rose-water

– 3 tablespoons sugar (or as per taste)

– 1/4 tsp cardamom powder

– Chopped almonds for garnishing

– Some mint leaves for garnishing (Optional)

– Some ice cubes (Optional)

Method

– Blend mango, cream, yogurt, rosewater, milk and sugar together.

– Add the cardamom powder and if the lassi seems too thick, add some more chilled milk to achieve the desired consistency. Throw in some ice-cubes and blend again.

– Pour into a glass or a kulhar and garnish with mint leaves and chopped almonds.  

Enjoy chilled!

*Notes-

– Adjust the quantity of sugar according to the sweetness of the mango.

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52 Comments Add yours

  1. Indian Soul Kitchen says:

    Hello!!
    Any sub for cream?? Can I skip cream?
    Thanks..

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    1. Hey there! You can easily skip cream and your lassi will still turn out to be as delicious! 🙂 I just add it for that extra creamyness!

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      1. Indian Soul Kitchen says:

        Thanks mallika!! 😁 hope I’m spelling your name correctly!!

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      2. Oh yeah, it’s correct! 😀 You’re most welcome dear! x

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  2. Wowie! 🙂 Gorgeous photos and definitely going on my summer recipe list!

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    1. Thanx so much Ellanor! 😀 I am sure you will like it! x

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  3. Yogurt is my friend! 🍓

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    1. Pretty good friend to all of us! 😉 x

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  4. What pretty clay cups! Beautiful photos, looks delicious!

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    1. Awe thanx soo much Michele! 😀 x

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  5. InspiresN says:

    Mango lassi must taste even better in those adorable cups! looks delicious!!

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    1. Thanx Nisha! These cups give me the feel of having lassi in India😄 can never have enough of mangoes in any form❤

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      1. InspiresN says:

        True that! Mangoes no wonder the king of fruits !

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  6. Brilliant Photos Mallika. It sounds so delicious. I love the clay cups. It’s simply superb. Mango lassi is in my draft list for a long time. I am waiting for good mangoes to prepare it.

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    1. Thanx so much dimple!😊 you can even try it once with not-so-good mangoes..just add a dash of honey to it for the sweetness that is missing. U can increase the sugar too for that matter, but I always add honey for that extra flavor, whenever my fruity drinks lack a little in their natural flavoring! x

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      1. I tried once. But it was not so yummy as original taste. Also I am getting mangoes with more fiber. Sooner I will get Alphonso mango and enjoy yummy lassi.

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      2. Aaah alphonsozzzz..mmmmm…divine❤💚💛💜💙😋😋😋😋 yeah, fibrous mangoes are a no-no!

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  7. I gotta try this soon! It definitely looks appetizing and I love yogurt😊

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    1. Me toooo!! Thanx soo much! 😀 x

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      1. You’re welcome!!!!😊❤

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  8. Superb recipe and pics…and the lassi is looking scrumptious..

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  9. Jen says:

    Looks really good. Yum!

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  10. So tempting and lovely photo. Do you use a professional camera? Which one is it?

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    1. Thanx dear!😊 hubby uses a Nikon d750!

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  11. Mick Canning says:

    Ooh! A great favourite!

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  12. Nice presentation!!!

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  13. Wow! Amazing blog! Or should I say Yummyyy blog💗

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    1. Awee thanx soo much! 😀 Nice to get in touch with you! You have a wonderful blog too 🙂 x

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      1. My pleasure! Thank you:))

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  14. This looks so yummy. I must try this when I am back home. The mangos should be dropping off our tree right about now. Love finding new recipes I can try using home grown ingredients.

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    1. Thanx so much! 😀 ‘Mangoes dropping of the trees’ makes for such a nostalgic, wonderful image for all of us! 🙂

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      1. When I get back I will be sure to photograph. 👍

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  15. Nice capture. Looks yummy

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    1. thanx so much! 😀

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  16. Neetha says:

    This looks yum !! beautiful capture, lovely clay cups..

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  17. great piece to read!! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!!

    btw love your blog! do you use any apps to edit the pics?

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    1. Wow thanx for all the compliments! ❤ They made my day. You have a stunning blog as well! 😀 Well, all the pics are taken by my hubby and he does use photoshop software to adjust the lighting etc of the pictures at the end. Mind you, it's the oldest version of Ps that I have since my college days when I took a short class in graphic designing 😉 Works just fine for us. Apart from that, it's all his camera and photography 😀 x

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  18. Megala says:

    Looks so delicious! Fantastic clicks, as usual!!

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    1. Thanx a lot Megala!

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  19. Sumith says:

    Amazing captures and a beautiful recipe.

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  20. Love the presentation and looks delicious!

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    1. Awe thanx soo much! 😀 x

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  21. sounds so very delicious

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    1. Thanx so much Eddie! It really is refreshing and yummy! Give it a go if you get mangoes in your area easily. For us, it’s a rare treat!😄

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      1. Have plenty of Mangos here (south Florida). There are several trees just out the door. We are fortunate to live in this sub-tropical climate

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      2. Ooooh that sounds divine!

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