Now that we have entered spring and are experiencing a bit of warm weather, I am always looking for cool drinks to beat the heat. I love smoothies and some of my favorite fruits, like mangoes, are coming back into season. Mangoes tend to pop up in April and peak in May and June. Using mangoes, I took a shot at making a smoothie native to India, the lassi, but with an added twist. A lassi is a cross between a smoothie and a milk shake with spices (like cumin or cardamon) that can be either sweet or savory. It is creamy, refreshing and best of all easy to make! For my lassi, I am adding pineapple, almond milk and ginger to amp up the flavors.
Ingredients: (Makes one 16oz smoothie)
- 1 cup of mango, chopped into cubes
- 1 cup of pineapple, chopped into cubes
- 1 cup of yogurt (I recommend Chobani Low Fat Mango Greek Yogurt)
- 1 tsp of ginger, minced
- 1/2 cup of almond milk (or substitute with whole milk)
- Ice cubes
- Honey or sugar (optional depending on the sweetness of your mango)
- Add ice, mango, pineapple and almond milk to a blender and puree until it reaches a creamy consistency.
- Add yogurt and minced ginger (I used jarred minced ginger, but I recommend fresh ginger for a more potent kick). At this point you can add any sweetener to your smoothie.
- Run the blender for up to 1 minute. For a smoother consistency add more almond milk.
- Pour mango lassi in a glass and top with some mango pieces and ground ginger. Sit back and pretend you are relaxing in Kolkata!
- A lassi can work with any combination of fruits and using frozen fruit works just as well as fresh fruit. Just skip out on the ice if you decide to go the frozen route.