Mouth-puckeringly tart, slightly sweet, cool, and creamy, the mango lassi is a natural pairing with spicy Indian dishes as its dairy base quells fiery bursts of heat. Thankfully, like its smoothie kin, it's a simple recipe to master and, likewise, worth considering beyond the dinner table.
Thinner than a typical smoothie (thanks to a healthy dose of milk), a lassi isn't an exact analogue per se but ticks many of the same boxes. For those only familiar with it as Indian-restaurant fare, it might seem like an odd choice for breakfast, but I bet once you try your hand at the easy recipe, you'll want to enjoy it morning, noon, and night.
We're partial to whole-milk dairy in this recipe, but use whatever you prefer. For an alternative garnish, try a sprinkling of chopped pistachios.
- 1 mango (about 1 cup), peeled and coarsely chopped
1 cup plain yogurt
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon honey, or to taste
Scant pinch of salt
Pinch of freshly ground cardamom (optional), for garnish
- Blend together the mango, yogurt, milk, honey, and salt until smooth. Taste, and adjust with extra honey or salt.
- If your mango is particularly fibrous, strain the lassi through a fine-mesh strainer; otherwise, pour into a glass, and sprinkle with cardamom if using.
Makes 1 drink.
- Drinks, Smoothies