Mango lassi is a traditional Indian beverage made with ripe mangoes, yogurt, sugar and a dash of cardamom, saffron.
Thick, creamy and yummy, enjoy this quintessential Indian summer drink with king of fruits! All you need are three main ingredients, flavors and garnish of your choice to make mango lassi, this yummy soothing drink. Wanna avoid dairy? I have also included notes for making this mango lassi vegan, do check out!
Instead of consuming sugar loaded store bought colas and cold drinks, we prefer homemade beverages like fruit punch, fresh pineapple juice, mint lemonade, rose lemonade etc. We go through pitchers and pitchers of panakam too during summers.
During summers, all we want are cooling drinks and desserts to keep the heat at bay. Indian summer is no joke. Apart from making you extremely uncomfortable, you will also be dehydrated very easily.
So it is very important to drink loads of water, yes you have to make that conscious effort to maintain hydration.
However uncomfortable it may be, summer also means mangoes 🙂 I can literally live on mangoes during season. Apart from having as such we make delicious treats like mango ice cream, smoothie, falooda, mastini, cheese cake and many more yummy mango recipes.
But if you have to choose one mango treat that will bring a smile on everyone’s face it will be this mango lassi 🙂
About This Recipe
Mango lassi is a creamy, rich and tasty variation of classic sweet lassi with ripe mangoes.
Lassi is a delicious creamy thick drink with yogurt. it may be sweet or salty. Traditionally lassi is made just with yogurt and sugar. Sweet lassis are sometimes made with fruits in season.
Coming to mango lassi, it is a super thick, creamy dessert drink with sweet ripe mangoes blended with thick fresh yogurt and sugar. You can top this drink with slivered pistachios, saffron or finely chopped fresh mangoes.
This delicious mango lassi is a very popular drink not only in India but also in USA and other countries.
If you don’t have access to excellent fresh mango you can use canned mango pulp. If you are using sweetened pulp make sure to add less sugar.
Also make sure to select best quality mango pulp for best flavor. I have once used a very good quality canned mango pulp from kesar mangoes to make mango lassi and loved it. I mostly make lassi with fresh mangoes only though.
Instead of fresh mangoes you can also use frozen mango cubes. During season you can peel, cube and freeze mangoes to use later.
Do try out this easy mango lassi recipe and enjoy. It is
Creamy, rich & thick
Best dessert after Indian food.
So easy to make, almost effortless
Vegetarian & gluten free
Can be easily made vegan
Healthy & wholesome summer drink.
What Is Mango Lassi Made of?
Now there are many variations with mango lassis. You can make mango lassi with
- only mango, sugar and yogurt
- A splash of milk along with yogurt if you do not want your lassi too tangy
- to make this even rich you can add some fresh or whipped cream
- another interesting choice is to add 1-2 tablespoons condensed milk
- to make vegan mango lassi you can use non dairy yogurt like soy yogurt o r almond milk yogurt too.
There are plenty of ways for you to flavor this drink.
Here I have used a pinch of ground cardamom powder and saffron. Few more options are
- Rose essence or rose water
- kewra extract
- vanilla works so well in this drink
- Add few mint leaves as garnish.
This drink is an excellent one for toddlers and kids. Mango is a very healthy and nutritious but increases body heat. While serving for kids it is good idea to combine it with yogurt as lassi or milk as mango milkshake or this mango milk.
During summer whenever I make Punjabi fare like butter naan, paneer masala and all, this lassi also adds to the menu without fail 🙂
As I said above there are many variations with this recipe. I always add a bit of fresh cream and milk in my lassi along with yogurt.
The best mango lassi I tastes was in a Punjabi restaurant in Bangalore. I still remember the taste lingering 🙂 Ice cold, thick and rich, not overly tangy at all with generous touch of cardamom and pinch of ground saffron. This recipe comes so close 🙂 It is our favorite drink with us.
Do follow this mango lassi recipe with step by step photo and prepare this excellent drink with king of fruits. I am sure you will love this recipe as much as we do 🙂
How To Make Mango Lassi Recipe
Peel and chop the mangoes roughly. Add the mango cubes to a blender jar.
Add sugar to the chopped mangoes. Blend thoroughly.
Add 1 cup plain yogurt, fresh cream or milk and blend well. Add cardamom powder or crushed cardamom pods, remaining yogurt and blend again. You can also add few ice cubes but it will thin down the lassi.
Transfer lassi to a serving glass.
Garnish with saffron strands. Serve immediately.
Can I Make This Lassi Vegan
Absolutely you can make this drink vegan. Just use any non dairy yogurt. You can use coconut milk yogurt for a very tropical flavor, tough the taste of coconut will over power.
Almond milk yogurt will taste good without overpowering.
Serving Suggestions & Storage
Always serve mango lassi as soon as it is made. Though you can refrigerate for a day, the yogurt will start to change in taste and flavor.
For a super chilled lassi you can flash freeze the mango chunks and yogurt separately before blending.
Few Notes & Tips
The color of your mango lassi or any mango drink will totally depend on the variety of mangoes you use. To get a vibrant yellow colored drink use alphonso mangoes or kesar mangoes.
Use mangoes that are ripe, sweet and less fibrous. If the mangoes are not very sweet you will have to add more sugar.
If you are using canned mango pulp to make lassi make sure it is sweet before making the recipe.
Instead of sugar you can add honey or powdered jaggery. You can also use any other preferred sweetener.
For extra chilled drink you can add few ice cube but that will also thin down the drink. I suggest using chilled curd and fruit.
Use fresh yogurt for this yogurt based recipe. Sour curd will totally spoil the taste. For a less yogurt flavor you can add 1/4 cup milk or fresh cream.
For super thick, rich and creamy mango lassi do use full fat yogurt. You can also use low fat yogurt but the richness will be less.
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Mango Lassi Recipe
1 CUP = 250 ml
- 1.5 cups mango pulp from 2 large sweet mangoes
- 2 cups yogurt use non dairy yogurt for vegan option
- 1/4 cups milk or fresh cream optional
- `3 tablespoons Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
- few saffron strands
- Peel and chop the mangoes roughly. Add the mango cubes to a blender jar.
- Add sugar to the chopped mangoes. Blend thoroughly.
- Add yogurt, fresh cream or milk and blend well. Add cardamom powder or crushed cardamom pods and blend again. You can also add few ice cubes but it will thin down the lassi.
- Transfer lassi to a serving glass. Garnish with saffron strands. Serve immediately.
- Mangoes– use fresh ripe and sweet mangoes for best results. If fresh mangoes are not available use tinned pulp. Use less fibrous mangoes with smooth pulp.
- Sweetener– You can any sweetener of your choice instead of sugar. You can use coconut sugar, maple, honey etc.
- Consistency- The recipe as such yields thick mango lassi. You can use 1/2 cup milk or water to thin it down a bit. You can also ice cubes for the same purpose
- Vegan Option– Use dairy free yogurt and milk for vegan lassi.
- You can double or halve the recipe.