Almost any Indian in the world (perhaps any Asian in the world) will tell you how much they love mangoes. Most likely than not, it is their favorite fruit – I know it is one of mine. I grew up loving coconuts and mangoes. My mother would grate up fresh coconut using this Indian kitchen apparatus that remains unnamed for now. Every now and then, she would feed me some bites, while I sat besides her, watching her. She would also save the coconut water when she cracked it open to give to me. It was always a delicious experience. Whenever my father would go to the Indian store to get groceries for my mother (and to chat up with the people there about various gossips), he used to get me mango juice – little bottles of mango juice that is filled with thick, mango pulp and probably had tons of added sugar. My mother used to feed me soft mango slices when I was a child. To this day, mango is considered a staple in my house. We would get so excited when mangoes went on sale.
A few years ago, I went to an Indian party – the details of which I did not remember – but there, I tried something called a mango lassi. It tasted much like a smoothie or a milkshake but made with less milk, more yogurt, and no ice cream. It was decadent. Since then, every time I went out to an Indian restaurant or an Indian party, I couldn’t resist but order myself a mango lassi (or two or three). I turned a couple of my friends into mango-lassi lovers as well (like Terra).
Today my mother and I had a craving for a mango lassi. My mother went out and bought the necessary ingredients for it. As soon as I came back from my classes, she asked me to make it. The problem was we didn’t have enough yogurt needed to make mango lassi for 4 people. We had maybe a little less than a cup. So I decided to add the yogurt for that tanginess then add in rice milk to make up for it. My brother is lactose-intolerant and the only milk he likes is rice milk. Personally I don’t like it because it looks more or less like coconut water and it tastes like watered down skim milk. Nevertheless, I tried it out with no added sugar. Surprisingly, it tasted exactly how I wanted it to taste. It was great! Our cravings were satisfied.
The lassi was a little too thin for my taste but it is mainly because there wasn’t enough yogurt and the juice and the milk thinned it out even more.
Like I do with anything I make out of my own ideas, I didn’t measure out the ingredients. However, if you do want to try it, combine it all and taste it as you go on. Some people have different preferences. My mother and I like it kind of tangy and not too sweet. I know others that love it syrupy sweet. Make it how you like it. I would like to say it is healthy but the sugars from the juice isn’t necessarily healthy. However, if you ignore that…it’s very healthy – calcium-rich and mangoes are have a good amount of vitamin C.
- Mangoes (sliced and diced)
- Mango juice
- Mango puree
- Sugar (optional)
Procedure: Blend it all in. Taste as you go along. If you want it colder, add in some ice towards the end, mix it up one last time for possibly 3 seconds, and enjoy! If you want to mix it up a little, add in some oranges or peaches.
Have fun with the little taste of India!