Fermented milk cultures with fruit? Hell yeah. Our friends in the East knew what they were doing when someone mixed a perfectly ripe sweet sweet mango with unsweetened natural yogurt. They came up with the perfect or one of the most perfect summertime smoothies - lassi. Now, had someone offered this to me when I was a kid, I'd probably turn around knowing there was natural yogurt mixed inside. The only fermented dairy drink I liked was kefir, everything else had to be sweetened and by sweetened I mean A LOT.
Luckily times have changed for the better and whoever invites me over for something tangy and refreshing like this mango lassi, will have my heart forever. I hope this means my tastebuds are developing to enjoy more complex flavors (did I really have to use a phrase that sounds this snobby??). Girl, that dairy doesn't always help with beautiful skin, but hey, they say probiotics are healthy. I'll just pretend I'm drinking this for the probiotics. No you're not.
- Probiotic - healthy for the gut
- Lower GI* (if you do not use any sweetener) than most sweetened store-bought yogurt drinks
- Easy to make
- Picture friendly
*GI - Glycemic Index. This number shows how certain carbohydrates affect persons blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and cause a lower as well as slower rise in blood glucose (insulin) levels.
Serves 2 | 1 cup - 250ml | Total time: 5 minutes
- 1 medium size mango, perfectly ripe
- 170 g of plain yogurt (use a thinner kind, not greek) or kefir
- 0,5 cup of milk (unsweetened plant based or regular)
- 1-2 cardamom pods (we will only be using seeds)
- coconut palm sugar, maple syrup or brown sugar to sweeten
- pistachio nuts to garnish
Peel mango and remove its flesh from the stone. Remove cardamom seeds from the pods. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Taste, add more sweetened if needed.
NOTE: I'd suggest you blend the lassi without having sweetened it first as sometimes mangoes can be really sweet (yay if you managed to find one like that). Only then taste and add a bit of sweetener at a time until this lassi suits your taste.
BE CAREFUL: cardamom has an intense flavour which not all of us are happy with. Only use cardamom if you DO like it.