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Mango (or Peach) Lassi Recipe – Another Way to Use the Summer Stone Fruit

August 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Got mangoes? I just bet you do! This year has produced a bumper crop (so called because the fruit’s up to the bumpers of the cars in the yard) of the tropical fruit here in South Florida, thanks to a late bloom after a freeze.

Lassi – a street drink

Here’s a lassi recipe – a common street drink in India and Africa, where they use buttermilk, or a thickened yogurt, pureed with the mango to produce a sweet-tangy shakelike drink.

To my Southern friends, and those who, like me, are allergic to mangoes: Peaches work deliciously in this recipe in equal measure. You can put the ice in the blender if you want; it’s not traditional to make a slushy, however.

Mango lassi

  • 3/4 cup medium-dice mango
  • 3/4 cup plain whole-milk yogurt (or buttermilk)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Crushed or cracked ice
  • Mint leaves, optional

Combine all ingredients except ice in a blender and process until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Pour into tall glasses over crushed ice. Garnish with mint leaves if desired.

Makes 2 lassi.

Recipe courtesy Victoria Nodarse, as presented by the Fairchild Tropical Gardens Mango Festival.

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