Mango Lassi

// Mango Lassi is a creamy, delicious, and refreshing yogurt-based fruit drink that is easy to make at home. Perfect after-meal dessert. 



Mango Lassi is a creamy, delicious, and refreshing yogurt-based fruit drink that is easy to make at home. Prepared with juicy and ripe mangoes, yogurt, milk, sugar, and cardamom, this classic drink can be served as an after-meal dessert, breakfast smoothie, or snack. 

Creamy Mango flavored lassi is also a wonderful pick-me-up drink for summer, spring, or a perfect drink for any time of day. 

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Originated in India, this traditional Indian drink has become increasingly popular around the world. With just 6 simple ingredients, you can relish this traditional Indian summer drink at the comfort of your home.

So, whether you are looking for a dessert drink, a fruit flavored drink, breakfast smoothie, or an energizing snack, this mango flavored lassi is an excellent choice.

About Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi is a popular and delightful Indian drink that is creamy, rich, and refreshing. This mango drink has been enjoyed for centuries. Not only in India, but this drink has also gained its popularity around the world because of its deliciousness. It is sold worldwide in restaurants and cafes which serve Indian cuisine.

Mango flavored lassi holds a significant place in Indian cuisine, particularly in the northern parts of the country. Mangoes, also known as the “king of fruits”, are the key ingredient of lassi. Being a national fruit of India, Mango Lassi has a cultural significance in the country.

three transparent mango lassi on a metal plate with one steel straw and chopped mangoes

It is a popular drink consumed during the sizzling summer months when the weather is hot and humid. In Indian culture, mangoes represent the essence of Indian hospitality, and warmth. Hence, it is associated with happiness and prosperity.

The drink is often offered to guests as a sign of hospitality.

It is often enjoyed as a cooling and rejuvenating summer beverage during hot summers in India. It is also served as an after-meal drink to balance out the spiciness of Indian curries and dishes.

Not only is it a refreshing and inviting blended drink, but it also has several health benefits. This lassi is a reliable source of probiotics, which aid in digestion and promote good gut health.

It is also high in vitamin C, which is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system.

So, are you ready to try this restaurant style Mango Lassi at home to bring a taste of Indian cuisine into your own kitchen?

Other popular mango dishes are mango milkshake, mango mastani, mango kulfi, mango shrikhand, mango halwa, mango raita, mango oats smoothie, mango salsa, mango peda, mango ice tea, mango sago, and mango pudding.

This Mango Lassi

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✓ can be served as a dessert, or breakfast, or mid-day snack

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three overhead mango lassi glasses with chopped mangoes and pistachios with a plant on side

Ingredients

This lassi is a unique blend of simple ingredients that are handy. Below are the main ingredients of mango flavored lassi and their importance in this beverage recipe:

  • Ripe mangoes: Mango is the main ingredient of this lassi. Using ripe and sweet mango is recommended for making this lassi. Traditionally Alphonso mangoes are used for making this lassi drink to get the unique taste, sweet and tangy flavor.

You can use any soft and sweet mangoes to get the best flavor of lassi.  

  • Yogurt: Yogurt is the main ingredient of lassi. It adds a creamy texture and tangy flavor to the lassi which complements the sweetness of the mangoes.

  • Milk: It is added to thin out the consistency of lassi and to make it creamy and drinkable. If you do not like adding milk, then add water. Just remember that adding water will not make it as creamy as milk.

  • Sweetener: Sugar is added to mango flavored lassi to give it sweetness. The amount of sugar can be adjusted to suit your taste preference. Feel free to avoid adding sugar if your mangoes are sweet.

For a healthier alternative, you can also swap sugar with honey or maple syrup.

  • Cardamom: It is a commonly used spice in Indian drinks and dessert recipes. It is added for an aromatic flavor and taste, and it also aids in digestion. However, adding cardamom is completely optional here.

  • Toppings: For an added crunch, and texture, I like to top my lassi with chopped pistachio and chopped mangoes. Adding pistachios and mangoes is optional here.

How to Make Mango Lassi

Making your own homemade mango lassi is easy and fun, plus it is more hygienic and cost-effective. The only preparation you need to do is grab the ingredients from the nearby grocery and chop the mangoes. That is it.

To make this lassi, you will need ripe and juicy mangoes, chilled yogurt, chilled milk, sugar, ice cubed and cardamom. Just peel and chop the mangoes into small pieces. Put them in a blender and blend until smooth.

Then add the yogurt, milk, sugar, ice cubes and a pinch of cardamom. Blend the mixture again until it is smooth and creamy. Pour it into a serving glass and enjoy!

You can adjust the consistency by using less or more liquid (yogurt, water, or milk). Also, feel free to adjust the sweetness and flavoring to your liking.

If you are into fruit flavored lassis, then you can also try out our peach lassi, or this amazing strawberry lassi.

close up overhead mango lassi glass topped with chopped mangoes and pistachio

How to Make Vegan Mango Lassi

Vegan mango lassi is a dairy-free version of the traditional lassi drink.

If you are into a vegan diet or are lactose intolerant, then you can make a vegan version of lassi by replacing yogurt with dairy free yogurt and milk with dairy free milk such as coconut milk or almond milk.

To make mango flavored lassi vegan lassi, start by blending ripe mangoes with coconut yogurt and coconut milk. Add sugar or any other sweetener of your choice and cardamom powder for additional flavor. Adjust the thickness of the lassi by varying the amount of liquid.  

Variations

Mango lussi is such a versatile drink that can easily be customized in numerous ways by experimenting with different ingredients and flavors. Here are some variations of delicious mango lassi that you can try

  • Lassi without blender: If you do not have a blender or mixer, you can still make this lassi without a blender. To make it without a blender, add mango pulp to a bowl along with milk, yogurt, sugar, and cardamom.

Use a whisk to whisk the ingredients together until they are well combined and smooth.

  • Lassi with mango puree: You can also make mango flavored lassi using pre-made or store bought mango puree instead of mango juice. Simply swap the fresh mangoes with a cup of mango puree and follow the same steps.

  • Spicy Mango Lassi: If you like a bit of heat, adding some chopped chili or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the classic mango flavored lussi recipe can create a delicious and spicy variation.

  • Mint Mango Lassi: To make the mango mint lassi, you can add some fresh mint leaves to the blender along with mango chunks. It makes it more refreshing.

  • Coconut Mango Lassi: Mango and coconut go so well together. For making mango coconut lassi, you can swap regular yogurt with coconut yogurt and milk with coconut milk. This type of lassi has a more tropical and nuttier flavor.

  • Almond Mango Lassi: Another dairy-free option of this lassi is almond mango lussi. To make this lassi, you need to use almond milk yogurt, almond milk and 4-5 raw almonds. This lassi variation will have a nutty almond flavor and will have a slightly thinner consistency.

  • Mango Lassi with Ice Cream: To convert this lassi into a decadent dessert, serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or mango ice cream. The addition of ice cream will give it a richer and creamier texture.

  • Pistachio Mango Lussi: Mangoes and pistachios are a lovely pair. To make this lassi, add 2 tablespoons of unsalted pistachios to the blender while blending the lassi.

  • Rose Mango Lassi: To make mango with rose water, add 1 teaspoon of rose water to the blender. And blend. It would add a floral and fragrant touch to mango lussi.

  • Saffron Mango Lassi: Add a few strands of saffron to the blender and blend until smooth. Saffron and mango give it a lovely Indian dessert flavor and taste.

  • Alcoholic Mango Lassi: If you like some booze in your lassi drinks, then you can make an alcoholic version of mango lassi. Simply add 2 shots of rum to the lassi mixture. You can also add mango flavored Bacardi.

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Serving Suggestions

Mango lassi tastes best when served chilled. You can serve it straight away or chill it in the refrigerator until serving. To serve, pour it into glasses and enjoy as a dessert after a spicy meal, afternoon snack, brunch or even as breakfast. Mango lassi and samosa make a lovely evening snack. You can also serve chilled mango lussi with piping hot samosa or samosa chaat.

To make it look more appealing and adding texture, garnish it with chopped pistachios, and chopped mangoes.

Storage Suggestions

This lassi stays fresh for up to 2 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It is advised to use it within 2 days to ensure maximum freshness and flavor. Lassi might separate during storage, so give it a good stir before serving.

Expert Tips and Tricks for Mango Lassi

  1. Mangoes: For making the best tasting mango flavored lussi, it is best to use mangoes that are fresh, sweet, and ripe. Ripe mangoes give a creamy texture and delicious taste to the mango lussi. You can use any variety of mangoes which are soft to touch, pulpy and juicy. Make sure that the mangoes you are using are non-fibrous. Here, you can use both fresh and frozen mangoes. Mango puree or canned mango pulp can also be used for making this lassi.

  2. Yogurt: Make sure to use the thick yogurt for making this lassi. Using thick yogurt gives Mango flavored lassi a thick and creamy texture. Full cream, Greek yogurt or Hung curd can also be used here. However, you can also use low fat or fat-free yogurt, but the texture would not be the same.

  3. Sweetener: You can adjust sugar to taste. The amount of sugar depends on the sweetness of the mangoes. If your mangoes are sweet, then you do not need to add any additional sugar. You can use sugar alternatives like honey, maple syrup, agave, raw sugar, muscovado sugar, coconut sugar or jaggery powder.

  4. Use Chilled Ingredients: To make a refreshing and cool mango flavoured lassi, use cold ingredients like chilled yogurt, chilled milk, and chilled mangoes.

  5. Flavoring: I have added cardamom powder to this lassi to add a fragrant and aromatic flavor that compliments the sweetness of the mangoes. However, adding flavorings to the mango lassi is optional. You can also use other species such as ground cinnamon, or nutmeg. Rose water, kewra water, saffron strands, or vanilla extract can also be used for flavoring.

  6. Blend Thoroughly: Remember to blend all the ingredients thoroughly in a blender until smooth and creamy. This step ensures that the lassi has a creamy, smooth, and uniform texture.

  7. Serve chilled: Mango lassi tastes best when served chilled. So, if you are not using ice, then make sure to chill it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

mango lassi being poured into a transparent glass

FAQ

What is mango lassi?

Mango lassi is a popular yogurt-based fruity mango drink originated from India. It is a chilled beverage made by blending ripe mangoes with yogurt, milk, sugar, and spiced with ground cardamom.

The result is a thick, creamy, and refreshing drink that is perfect for scorching summer days.  

It can be served as a smoothie, breakfast smoothie, or dessert. It is also a wonderful way to use up any leftover ripe mangoes.  

Can I make lassi without yogurt?

No, you cannot. Yogurt is the main ingredient of lassi. You can substitute yogurt with non-dairy yogurt, but you can’t make it without yogurt.

What kind of mangoes are best for mango lassi?

The best variety of mangoes for mango lassi are sweet and ripe mangoes, such as Alphonso, Kesar, or Ataulfo.

How long does lassi last?

It can be stored for up to 2 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Shake or stir it well before pouring and drinking the lassi.  

Can I freeze this lassi?

If you want to store mango lassi for a longer period, then you can also freeze it for up to 2 months. To freeze, pour the lassi into a freezer safe container or Ziplock bag and freeze and store for up to 2 months.

When you want to drink, Thaw the lassi for 4-5 hours in the refrigerator and stir. If it has separated, then blend it again and serve chilled.

Can I make mango flavored lassi with mango puree?

Yes, you can make this lassi with mango puree. Simply blend together the mango puree, yogurt, milk, sugar, and cardamom until smooth and creamy.

Can I make mango flavored lassi vegan?

Yes, you can surely do that. To make a vegan version of lassi, replace the yogurt with coconut or almond milk yogurt, and milk with almond milk or coconut milk.

Is lassi healthy?

Lassi is considered a healthy drink as it is a useful source of protein, vitamin C, and calcium. It can be made healthier when made without sweetener or made using healthy sugar-free alternatives.


Mango Lassi (Step-by-step photo instructions)

How to make Mango Lassi

  1. In a blender, add chopped mango and blend for 2 minutes or until you get a smooth puree.
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  3. Next, add the yogurt, milk, sugar, ice cubes and cardamom powder. Blend until smooth. TIP: If you want a milkshake consistency, then you can also add more ice cubes to the blender or serve over ice cubes.
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  5. Pour the mango lassi into glasses. Top with chopped mangoes and chopped pistachios. Serve immediately or keep it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. The mango lassi can be stored in refrigerator for up to 2 days.
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Mango Lassi [Recipe]

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Mango Lassi is a creamy, delicious, and refreshing yogurt-based fruit drink that is easy to make at home. Perfect after-meal dessert. 
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Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
4 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Drinks Indian 4
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
351 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Mango Lassi
  • 2 cups chopped mangoes, mango puree, or canned mango pulp
  • 2 cups thick plain yogurt, chilled
  • 1 cup chilled whole milk
  • 3 tablespoon sugar, honey, or maple syrup, or as required
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 6-7 ice cubes, optional
For Serving //
  • Chopped mangoes, for garnish (optional)
  • Chopped pistachios for garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

How to make Mango Lassi
  1. In a blender, add chopped mango and blend for 2 minutes or until you get a smooth puree.
  2. Next, add the yogurt, milk, sugar, ice cubes and cardamom powder. Blend until smooth. TIP: If you want a milkshake consistency, then you can also add more ice cubes to the blender or serve over ice cubes.
  3. Pour the mango lassi into glasses. Top with chopped mangoes and chopped pistachios. Serve immediately or keep it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. The mango lassi can be stored in refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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NOTES:

  1. Mangoes: For making the best tasting mango flavored lussi, it is best to use mangoes that are fresh, sweet, and ripe. Ripe mangoes give a creamy texture and delicious taste to the mango lussi. You can use any variety of mangoes which are soft to touch, pulpy and juicy. Make sure that the mangoes you are using are non-fibrous. Here, you can use both fresh and frozen mangoes. Mango puree or canned mango pulp can also be used for making this lassi.
  2. Yogurt: Make sure to use the thick yogurt for making this lassi. Using thick yogurt gives Mango flavored lassi a thick and creamy texture. Full cream, Greek yogurt or Hung curd can also be used here.


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