Mango Lassi is an Indian drink that is made in India during their extremely hot summers. This healthy homemade mango lassi is an adapted version of the more traditional Indian drink, Lassi which is a plain sweetened yogurt drink.
Most people are familiar with the mango lassi from Indian restaurants where they are almost always offered on the menu. The versions made in the restaurants will undoubtedly have simple syrups (sugar and water) which is not the most healthy version you could be drinking.
This mango lassi recipe is made with honey and greek yogurt to make it a bit healthier yet still tasting just as delicious as what you would find in an Indian restaurant. For me it is like a healthy mango milkshake. No guilt and all deliciousness.
A lassi is a little different than a smoothie since you are using fresh ingredients only. My smoothies usually involve frozen fruit to obtain that real thickness. The mango lassi get's it's creaminess from a perfect balance of yogurt and fresh mango fruit.
Getting that perfect creamy texture in your drink-
As I mentioned above, the balance of fruit to yogurt is important to get a really creamy consistency. The other really important element is having a good high powered blender.
Now not everyone can afford some of the more expensive blenders on the market but you know your blender best. The stronger the blender, the less liquid you need to get the ingredients blending. Just a helpful tip from years of frustration!
Making this mango lassi recipe even healthier-
I absolutely love this drink just as it is, just mango and yogurt. I do sometimes like to add even more health benefits to the drink, especially if I am looking for a quick lunch idea.
My favorite add-in for this mango lassi is definitely spinach. It will turn it green but the spinach flavor gets buried in the background and you will only taste the mango. I like to use about 1 cup of fresh spinach for this lassi upgrade.
I am sure you can add so many different items to your lassi that will all taste great. It is also perfect to enjoy just the way it is. This drink is a really healthy and a tasty way to get some of your nutrients and I hope you give this one a try.
- 2 fresh mangoes
- 2 cups of plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup of honey or more to taste
- ½ cup of ice
- Cut up your mangoes and add it to a blender.
- Now add your honey, yogurt and ice and blend on high speed until it all comes together and forms a nice creamy mixture. You may need to push down the ingredients in the blender at first to get it moving.
- Pour into your glasses and enjoy!