This time of year is the best for my daughter and husband, as they do love a fresh mango lassi. A lassi is basically a thick yogurt based drink like a smoothie and can be with savoury with salt and spices or sweetened with fruit or sugar. My husband is definitely the sweet Lassi type of man specially when made with mangos.
My parents love Saffron Mangos, also known as Kesar keri which basically means Saffron Mangos. These mangos are grown in the foothills of Girnar, India and known for the bright orange coloured pulp and doesn’t have any mangos hairs which you can sometimes find in certain mangos. You could use any mangos for a Mango Lassi, just make sure it’s soft and ripe.
My daughter loves mangos, freshly cut, with yogurt, on pancakes and fresh blended pulp with puri ( fried spiced indian bread). So when you blended with yogurt, she is in heaven, actually the whole family loves these healthy naturally fruit sweetened smoothie style drink as a drink or even for dessert.
Mango lassi is getting more and more popular over the world now, as they seem to be on the menu at most indian restaurants, but beware that in restaurants they do tend to add a lot of sugar and may use tinned mango pulp.
You could really make this into a proper dessert or indulgent treat by even adding in a scoop a vanilla ice cream into the blender and then add another scoop into the glass as a float, then add a little whipped cream and maybe even a sprinkle of ground pistachios just to top it off – but I decided to keep it healthy!
4 Ripe Saffron Mangos
2 Tbsp Water
Peel and remove all the mango flesh from the mangos and using your hands squeeze out all the mango pulp and juice out into a blender.
Add in cold yogurt to the blender.
Blitz the blender or vitamin for 1-2 minutes until the smoothie/lassi is blended well and thick.
Pour the Mango Lassi into a glass and serve immediately.