Mango Lassis are one of the best ways I know to cool down on a hot day. Mango based drinks are very popular in Miami, since they are literally falling off trees all over the city at this time of year. It isn’t unusual to see generous residents leave baskets full of ripe mangos outside their home for passersby. For my Mango Lassi version, I go even more Miami and give them the mojito treatment. It’s amazing how much more refreshing lassis are with a handful of mint. If you’re in a sweltering city this week, take 5 minutes and whip up these Mango Lassi; you’ll be glad you did!
South Florida Mango Madness
We are lucky during mango season to have access to the best mangos around. Our friends at LNB Grovestand are well known throughout South Florida for all of their amazing tropical fruits-you can find them at farmers markets all over the city. And for many years, my husband participated in the Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Garden, which has a full weekend devoted to all things mango, including a mind blowing mango auction. Needless to say, we are very fortunate to have access to amazing mangos all summer long.
But when mangos aren’t in season, I usually rely on the canned kesar mango pulp imported from India, which you can find in most well stocked Asian markets. This is a type of mango that is exclusively grown in India, and is extremely sweet and incredibly fragrant. We use it for all mango flavored items at the restaurant and we love the consistency, flavor, and ease of this product. Just know that it’s already sweetened so you may need to decrease the amount of sugar used in the recipe.
I also really like Honey Mangos which are available regularly in grocery stores: they have a luscious texture with no fibrous threads and a bright sweet flavor. If you are using fresh mango, make sure to taste it first and sweeten accordingly.
As for frozen mangoes, I find the quality to be very uneven. Many times they have almost no flavor plus a tannic unripe taste. But if you have a reliable brand, it would work great here.
Blending the Lassis
Making Mango Lassi takes just 5 minutes! Prep the mango, juice the lime, measure out the yogurt, and strip the leaves from the mint. Then just blend it all up with some ice and you have a delicious Mango Lassi, which makes a perfect portable breakfast! (if you would like to make vegan mango lassis, just use vegan yogurt)
And with that, your Mango Lassis are ready!
These Mango Lassis are a healthy treat sure to help you cool down all summer. Make a batch tonight and see everyone’s smiles when they take a sip. For an easy, no cooking required summer meal pair them with Sardine Salad. Take a second to rate and comment on the recipe below, we love hearing from you. And show off your Mango Lassis by tagging us @funkyasiankitchen!
- 2 cups mango chunks
- 1 ½ cup plain whole milk yogurt
- Juice of one lime
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2 sprigs mint
- 1 cup ice
- Strip the leaves from the mint stems and discard the stems.
- Put the mango, yogurt, lime juice, mint leaves, and sugar into the blender.
- Blend the mixture on high for 1 minute.
- Add the ice and blend for another minute.
- Pour the lassi into 4 glasses and serve.