Lassi or Smoothie?
Well, sweet fruity Lassi is Smoothie. Traditionally Lassi is a yogurt based drink very popular (esp. during the summer months) in the Northern & North Western parts of the Indian Subcontinent. The drink really helps to cool down when the summer sun is beating hard against the dusty streets & farms. Lassi is prepared by blending yogurt, water, ice, salt & pepper & some spices (usually Cumin). Sweet Lassi, prepared with sugar/honey, with lemon, saffron, rosewater or fruits (either one or in combination) is popular too. In the Eastern Region of India (West Bengal), the sweet Lassi is called “”Ghol”. (More about/variations of Lassi)
A lot of mangoes, fresh mint from the yard & some real need of a wonderful thirst (& soul) quencher on a hot summer afternoon led to this. I like my Lassi with more fruit & less yogurt; there are not fixed proportions, just do what you want to drink.
Mango & Mint Lassi
Ingredients: (makes about 3 servings)
- 1 Cup Fresh Chopped Mango (Ready made Mango Pulp or Frozen Mangoes may be used)
- 1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt
- 3/4 Cup Crushed Ice
- Honey/Sugar/Any other sweetener to Taste
- 10 Fresh Mint Leaves
- A Small pinch of Saffron (Optional)
- More Fresh Mint to Garnish
Combine all the above ingredients except the mint for garnish in a blender & blend till smooth. Garnish with fresh mint & serve immediately. Add some water while blending if you feel it is too thick.
Nothing more refreshing like a cool glass of Lassi to quench your summer thirst. Enjoy! Sending this to LIVESTRONG WITH A TASTE OF YELLOW 2009, to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation; hosted by Barbara of WinosandFoodies.