Indian Mango Lassi Drink

This is one of the best drinks I have ever had, the mango lassi. I had an authentic one last weekend at a good friends wedding I was in and attended. The most amazing wedding I have ever been to.

Indian Mango Lassi Drink PineappleandCoconut.comThese are two of my best friends that finally after 10 years together got married. He is Indian and she is American so half the day was a Christian ceremony and the rest of the day was a Hindu ceremony and an amazing reception that was Hindu themed.  I was a bridesmaid the the Christian ceremony in the am and a guest the rest of the day. I had never been to a Hindu ceremony before and it was the most amazing wedding ever. The customs, the clothing, the traditions, everything was so amazing. My friend looked so gorgeous in all her changes out outfits throughout the day – like a real princess.

This was the view from the wedding site where both ceremonies were held. A pic of my good friends right after the Christian Ceremony, and during the Hindu ceremony. It was so great to see them so happy and madly in love, and finally married!! When I showed my kids their pics they said ” they look like Princess Jasmine and Prince Aladdin”  My kids watch a LOT of Disney movies…

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They also had an elephant at the wedding. Yes, a real elephant. That was SO COOL. It participated in the Baarat, or groom’s procession of the Hindu ceremony. I bet the non-wedding guests at the hotel that weekend didn’t expect to see an elephant. Neither did I.   Those coconuts were drinks handed out at the dinner the evening before the wedding – my favorite of course. Just all the touches and details were so well thought out. I even got to have henna painted on my hand. So cool!!

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The food was also amazingly incredible. I had never had authentic Indian cuisine before, and now I want to try to make as many of the recipes that I had there for the blog. This mango lassi is the first of many Indian recipes to come.

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During the Hindu ceremony waiters passed out drinks, there were two different kinds, a mango lassi and a sweet mint lassi. I got to sample the mango and a friend next to me tried the mint. Both were so good!  I took a pic of the drink ( posted on instagram of course) and was determined to get the recipe to recreate at home.

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I contacted the hotel where the wedding as at to see if the recipe was theirs ( a long with a few other recipes I wanted and got – will be on the blog soon!) but this one came from an Indian restaurant that catered the wedding. I contacted them for recipes and they said they didn’t give recipes out. Boo. So I went to the internet and did some research and bought supplies and started recipe testing. Darn, I had to buy mangoes. Actually I had to HIDE mangoes from my kids until I made this drink. They love mangoes more than anything.

Indian Mango Lassi Drink PineappleandCoconut.comCardamom is a spice that is widely used in Indian cuisine and is in most of the lassi recipes I found and I had seen both regular and green cardamom used. I decided to get green – but could only find whole pods so I ground them up. They smelled amazing ground up. I really like the spice that it added to the drink.

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The lassi is really refreshing, creamy almost like a milkshake, but more waistline friendly. I adapted the recipe from several sources online and tweaked until I found what tasted  just like I had at the wedding. I will be making the sweet mint one soon and sharing here as well.

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Indian Mango Lassi Drink
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Recipe type: Smoothies, Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Prep time: 
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Serves: 2-4
 
Mango Lassi Makes 2 -4 drinks
Ingredients
  • 2 cups yogurt ( I used low fat Greek yogurt)
  • 2 cups mango chunks (fresh or frozen, don’t add ice if using frozen)
  • ⅔ cups coconut milk ( can use regular milk)
  • ⅓ cup coconut water
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp green cardamom
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Ice – optional only if using fresh mango
Instructions
  1. Combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add more honey if a sweeter drink is desired. Add ice if desired. Fill glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of cardamom. Serve cold. Saves well for a day kept covered and refrigerated.
Notes
You can substitute regular milk if desired or any other milk. I used frozen mango chunks one time and no ice and fresh mango and ice another time and I liked the richer taste with using frozen and no ice. But either way tasted great. I also liked using a bit more cardamom than a lot of recipes I had found online, it really made the drink, so does the addition of the salt. You can also use any kind of yogurt, I happen to only buy Greek yogurt, so that is what I used and it made the drink pretty thick. If using regular yogurt omit the coconut water or use less water and less milk so its not too thin of a drink

 

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 Seriously make this soon. You won’t regret it!!

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Comments

  1. Man I love a good Lassi… and this one looks fantastic . I think the cardamom is what I’ve been missing! I’m going to make mine with kefir though since I have it so readily available.

    Thanks for the recipe!
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  2. This sounds so amazing with all those spices! I have yet to try one myself, but I know I’ll love it. We recently had Indian food for take out, I seriously can’t get enough of it.
    Looks absolutely delicious and refreshing!
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    • I had never had traditional Indian food before and now I just love it. I want to make several of the recipes for my blog soon that I had at the reception

  3. Wow! What a COOL wedding!!!! I love all of the fun details — especially the elephant! :)

    And oh my goodness. I go a little nuts for a good mango lassi. These look delicious!
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    • I was like ” so there’s an elephant here, at the Ritz, in Dana Point. Something you don’t see everyday” ha ha So crazy but really cool too. Part of the Hindu traditions for weddings, I love that they had that as part of their day.

  4. WOW! What a fun festive wedding and a lovely looking couple too :)
    That drink looks so refreshing, I could certainly go for one now!

  5. First, I LOVE mango lassis. LOVE!! I have been to India three times, and honestly these are making me a little home sick. India sick? That doesn’t sound right. Second, Holy Beautiful Photos Batman. And I’m not talking about the wedding shots, though those are gorgeous too. LOVE the pictures of the lassi. MMMMMM, I want one. Now.
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  6. Wow.

    Such lovely clicks and loved the details of the wedding that you have captured. I love lassi in any form and mango in any form – so its no wonder that I fall for the combination of both together! YUM!

    Shobha

  7. I’m a little embarrassed to say, I had never heard of a lassi before…Now I need to try this! And with the ingredients in this one–I think I could call it Hawaiian!? Indian/Hawaiian? Hmmm.
    What exactly qualifies something as a “lassi” anyways? Is it the cardamon?
    Lovely photos and thanks..>I’ll pass this on via FB right now. :)
    aloha!

    • I think a “lassi” is just a traditional yogurt based drink with spices. There are sweet versions and salty. Different spices are used as well. The mango with cardamom or the sweet mint are more popular flavors. I think the combinations are endless – you could make it “Hawaiian” by just using whatever fruits you have off your trees in your yard. I think a combo of mango, apple-banana and sprinkle the top with some toasted crushed mac nuts would be so good!!! I used the Greek yogurt because its higher in protein – these would make for a a great post surf snack for your boys!!

      • Lassi originated in the Punjab region of India. Buttermilk lassi is really good for hot summer days, cools the body internally. My dad used to mix half buttermilk and half water with salt to taste and a pinch of cayenne pepper. We made mango lassi with cream from cow milk or home-made yogurt, still do. Happy to see more people are enjoying Indian cuisine–foods.

        • Oh very cool, I didn’t know the origins of the drink other than India. Lassi’s are so refreshing and I love the different variations out there. Thanks!

  8. Ahh, my new smoothie for brekkie… the Indian Mango Lassi! Thank you SO MUCH, Shanna! Can’t wait for you to post the other drinks! xo
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  9. What a beautiful wedding and how exciting!! Your version of the mango lassi looks fantastic!
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  10. Very good! I was planning on making mango lassi myself this weekend. I’ve got everything here already. I guess, I will use the ideas from your recipe, for I usually make it without looking something up. I just do my mango lassi as I feel it should be.
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    • I think lassi’s can be customized to whatever you like. I found so many different recipes online and I wanted to recreate the taste of the one I had and this one matched it. They all sound so good, I have made mango yogurt smoothies a lot but never called them “lassis” I never knew that they were a traditional Indian drink until recently.

  11. Visiting from the sitsgirls. Love mango and love lassi.
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  12. Thanks for saying hi! And I love this drink! I love mangos and all things creamy like this. I have a dozens of similar recipes with mango, pineapple, coconut milk, peaches, yogurt…pretty much any way you can combine those ingredients, I have. Love this!

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