It's also something that I had been doing without realizing.
There is a recipe, but I understand that everyone has their favorite. Mine is sweet, savory, and leaves a warmth on its way down but nothing really overpowering.
Since I mentioned it in passing, and a good friend on Facebook, Emilio, said that it brought back memories, I thought that I'd expand here.
You see, I love mangoes. We're deep in the peak of Mango Season at this point. There are two pound fruits falling from the trees all over the place and I simply walk past, pick them up, and say "Oh, there's breakfast!".
But how do you eat them?
I was scooping out 10 ounces of Mangoes and serving with 1/2 cup of plain yogurt on top. That works with Bananas and other "fleshy" fruit like Strawberries or melons of various types.
Then I got bold and dusted it with cinnamon.
I realized I was onto something that I deeply enjoyed at an Indian Restaurant and thought I should look deeper into it, and perhaps formalize it.
So here's the recipe for my version of a Mango Lassi:
- 10 Ounces of ripe Mango Chunks, frozen.
- 4 ounces or 1/2 cup of plain unsweetened yogurt.
- 1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground Turmeric (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground Coriander Seed (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground Ginger (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground Cloves (optional)
- 4 (more or less) crushed Ice cubes
- Optionally sweeten with honey, sugar, stevia, or not at all. I don't.
- Slice Mangoes into chunks and flash freeze on a cookie sheet in your freezer.
- Add to the blender all ingredients.
- All spices are to taste, and as such, they are all optional.
- Turn on blender until everything is mixed thoroughly, the ice is chopped, and the drink is smooth.
- Add a tablespoon or so of water and re-blend if the drink is too thick for you.
Serve in tall glass.
Calorie count is 215 (or so) for the entire recipe using non-fat unsweetened yogurt and no sweetener.