This Indian yoghurt drink is the ideal summer smoothie. It’s delicately spiced and flavoured with fresh summer flavours of mango and a hint of cardamom.
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Place the mango, yoghurt, lime juice, cardamom and ginger in a blender and blend until smooth. Place the ice in a serving glass and pour over the lassi. Top with lime slices and sprinkle with extra cardamom and ginger to serve.
If you’ve never tried mango lassi before, then you’re in for a treat. This spiced yoghurt drink is super simple in its creation but with a complex flavour profile. The sweetness of the mango works beautifully with creamy yoghurt alongside the unique flavour that can only come from cardamom spice.
Lassi is an Indian yoghurt drink originating from the Punjab region. This refreshing summer drink is much like a spiced smoothie made from yoghurt, mango, lime juice and spices. It can be made with water as well – the word lassi means yoghurt mixed with water – but is traditionally made with buffalo milk, though more commonly made with cow’s milk in Australia, like in this version.
Lassi can be made with a variety of different flavourings, one of the most popular being mango. When it comes to making a lassi drink with fresh mango, it’s important to think about the type of mangoes that you will be using and to choose a variety that is sweet enough, with a smooth flesh that will blend well.
The Alphonso mango is the most popular variety used in lassi in India due to these characteristics. It’s sweet enough to require no added sweeteners and has no stringy fibres to inhibit the texture of the drink.
In Australia, the most common varieties include the Kensington Pride, with Calypso coming a close second, and both of these varieties contain the required sweetness and smooth flesh to be considered suitable mango lassi ingredients. Follow Courtney Roulston’s top mango tips for picking the best mangoes as well as how to prepare them for your lassi.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out our collection of easy mango recipes for ideas. From sweet to savoury, we have a mango recipe for every occasion and craving.
The defining feature that makes this lassi recipe different to a regular smoothie is the inclusion of traditional Indian spices. This variation uses ginger for added zing and cardamom for its distinctive flavour. While biting into an unsuspecting cardamom pod can be a rather unpleasant experience, a touch of this earthy spice can add a delightful edge to drinks like chai or lassi. Traditional lassi can also include spices like cumin, pepper or nutmeg if you prefer.
This delicious Indian mango drink can be enjoyed on its own between meals, in place of dessert after a meal or alongside your breakfast or brunch. Due to the lovely spiced nature of this beverage, it will work well alongside your favourite Indian recipes. Depending on the occasion, you can dress up the classic drink by serving it in an attractive glass topped with added spices or mint leaves, or dressed down in any glassware of your choice with a straw. Alternatively, you can try an easy smoothie or shake recipe from our collection.