a hot day, a cool lassi
There's nothing better than sitting outside on the patio on a hot day and sipping on an icy, refreshing drink. The same goes for when you are eating spicy food - having something refreshing and sweet to cleanse your palate. A drink that you can communing find in Indian restaurants because it's delicious and because it helps cool you down after a spicy meal is a mango lassi. If you haven't had it before, I recommend that you make it for yourself because A) it's super easy to make with a 2 step process and B) if you are like me and don't like thing super sweet, you can adjust it to your tastes.
You could use frozen mango and or canned mango but nothing beats fresh fruit so that is what I used here. Frozen fruit is perfectly fine but I would reserve that for when mangos aren't in season. I add ice to mine because I like the consistency of my drink to be like a milkshake but you can totally omit it if you don't want it in yours. I used my powerful Vitamix for this so the ice just disappears.
If you've never had this before but love mangos, this will definitely be a winner for you. The crushed cardamon adds that touch of spice that elevates this to something extra special but if you aren't a fan of it, just leave it off. The possibilities are endless!
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped very ripe mango (depending on how ripe and sweet your mango is, you may need to adjust your honey or sugar)
4 teaspoons honey or sugar, to taste
A dash of ground cardamom (optional but super yummy…crush the cardamom pods to remove the seeds, then grind the seeds with a mortar and pestle)
A handful of crushed ice or a few ice cubes
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for 2 minutes.
Sprinkle with a tiny pinch of ground cardamom and/or crushed pistachios to serve.
LINKS TO SOME OF THE THINGS:
Vitamix (this is the one I have, in white of course!)
Vitamix Smoothie Kit (perfect for this recipe)
Vitamix Small Mixing Cups (if you make sauces or grind spices - I do...alot!)