Our sons discovered mango lassis a couple of years ago when we were dining out at an Indian restaurant on New Year's Eve. They were intrigued by the name of the drink and decided to each order one. Well, it didn't take long before my husband and I were in there, tugging away on the boys' lassis, and wishing we had ordered our own. We were struck by the freshness of the beverage and it's unique and delicious cardamom flavour.
I have since fashioned my own twist on this Indian classic, adding fresh almond and subtracting some of the sugar.
Each serving contains more health-building nutrients than the average North American consumes in an entire day (and then some).
Almond Mango Lassi
- 1 large ripe mango, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 cup plain yogurt, I particularly like Greek and Kefir
- 1/3 cup whole fresh almonds
- 1/4 cup milk, water or dilute orange juice
- 2 tsp agave nectar
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 4 ice cubes
Depending on the type of blender you have, you may find it easier to grind the almonds in a coffee grinder before adding them to the blender.
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until mostly smooth. Adjust thickness as desired by adding more milk, water or dilute orange juice.