frozen mango lassis

by jenna on August 15, 2011

How was your weekend??

This weekend I ate pizza (twice), went to the farmer’s market, baked a cobbler, swept my floors, cleaned my car, had dinner with great friends, went to church, had lunch with more great friends, ate lots of tacos (cooked lots of tacos!), laughed with my girlfriends and had a handsome fellow make me homemade spaghetti.

I also perfected a smoothie recipe I’ve been wanting to try for awhile!

In general, the idea of mango lassis make me a little queasy. A yogurt drink…? Like GoGurt? I’m sorry, but not so much. However, the idea of a frozen, creamy mango lassi-inspired smoothie sounded perfect! Especially on one of the hottest days of the year!

If you’re wondering, cardamom is what lassifies a mango lassi. Yes, I just made “lassifies” a word. What?

Cardamom is one of those spices I love but don’t use enough. Just smelling it reminds me that I need to make this and this again sooner rather than later!

I also put honey in my smoothie! Honey makes everything better.

The end result is a thick, creamy mango smoothie that isn’t overly sweet and has just a touch of spice. The yogurt gives it protein and substance, making it the perfect on-the-go breakie when it’s still too hot for oatmeal. You could also serve it as part of an Indian-inspired meal to really wow your guests! Serve chicken tikka masala, channa masala, warm garlic naan and small cups of this smoothie for dessert!

Oh, and don’t forget to invite me…mmk?

Frozen Mango Lassis

serves 1-2

Print this recipe!

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen mango chunks

1 cup plain yogurt (not Greek and not non-fat)

1/2 cup milk

1 T honey

cardamom for sprinkling on top

Directions:

Place mango, yogurt, milk and honey in the blender and process until smooth. Divide into one large glass or two small glasses and top with cardamom.

Time:

5 minutes

 

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 15, 2011 at 4:40 am

Yum!! I have never even heard of lassis before! great recipe :)

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michelle August 15, 2011 at 4:44 am

That is something I’m going to try.

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Molly @ RDexposed August 15, 2011 at 4:44 am

You get me every time with “surprises” and now a picture of your hand. I went straight to your ring finger, but twas empty.

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Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 15, 2011 at 4:50 am

I’ve never heard of lassis either, but I trust you, Jenna.

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock August 15, 2011 at 4:50 am

What a fabulous weekend you had Jenna ;) And as for this?! Wow…looks seriously delish!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) August 15, 2011 at 4:51 am

i’ve heard of lassis before but never tried them…mango sounds out of this world!

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Karla August 15, 2011 at 5:09 am

I loooooooooove cardamom. and mango. and mango lassi.
I’m convinced I’d love this! I made mango ice cream last week that tasted just like mango lassi. I should have thought to put cardamom in it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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Katrina August 15, 2011 at 5:09 am

I love this idea! So yummy looking.

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Baking N Books August 15, 2011 at 5:22 am

Why not Greek? Just curious, I eat the regular usually anyways. Too thick?

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Sweet and Savvy August 15, 2011 at 5:24 am

I agree with the comments above.. I’ve never heard of lassis! Looks great though! :)

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 15, 2011 at 5:26 am

Jenna your frozen lassis look awesome and those TJ’s mango chunks are staples in my house!

Cardamom…I also underuse it. Thanks for the reminder to dig it out of my cupboard.

Your weekend sounds….amazing! So glad you had such a good one. :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 15, 2011 at 5:28 am

Go-Gurt was definitely not something I could stomach either.. but these.. now THESE I could drink by the gallon!

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Tasha @ Voracious Eats August 15, 2011 at 5:28 am

This looks like the perfect summer drink. And I know lassis. I’ve spent my life just across the sea from India, and have been sipping lassis for so long I can’t even remember my first. A yogurt drink sounds odd at first, I suppose, but the bite and tang is what makes this drink so special.

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Becky August 15, 2011 at 5:29 am

I was wondering why not Greek too ? I eat Greek yogurt all the time so I always have it on hand. Will buy regular plain though if there is really a difference. This looks so good and I’ve been really craving mango this summer!!

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jenna August 15, 2011 at 7:00 am

it’s just too thick and tangy!

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Susan August 15, 2011 at 7:22 am

I like to buy both regular, plain yogurt and some greek yogurt. Greek is way more expensive. There are a lot of variety out now. It saves me money to use different ones during the day since I tend to eat a lot of yogurt.

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Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories August 15, 2011 at 5:37 am

Yogurt drinks aren’t all bad–when I was a kid I loved this one called Yo-J. It was strawberry flavored…milky yogurt? Thicker than milk, thinner than a milkshake. Delicious.
…Yours looks good too. ;)

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Emily August 15, 2011 at 5:45 am

Sounds delicious :) I looove snacking on frozen mango cubes, they’re like a little popsicle :)

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kaila @ healthyhelper August 15, 2011 at 6:10 am

I tried one of these at a locval indian recipe once and fell in love! I’ve always wanted to make my own and now I finally can!!!! YAY!

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A Tablespoon of Liz August 15, 2011 at 6:12 am

This looks so good. There is nothing better than mango in a smoothie! (Or lassis…) I’ve always wanted to try a lassis… maybe I’ll have the courage after reading your post!

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laura August 15, 2011 at 6:13 am

I’ve always wondered how you made a lassi. I figured I’d just be mango & yogurt but here you are showing me that it’s so much more but no impossible.

I’m totally bookmarking this for my next Indian night!!

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Cait's Plate August 15, 2011 at 6:16 am

I wish I liked mangoes!! Can I sub in another fruit or would it just not be the same?

And haha – made up words are my bread and butter (especially turning nouns into verbs…just makes life easier).

Glad you had such a fantastic weekend!

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jenna August 15, 2011 at 7:00 am

you can! It wouldn’t be a “mango lassi” then, rather just a fruit smoothie, but you totally can do whatever you want!

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Bev Weidner August 15, 2011 at 6:22 am

LOVE that. My new favorite thing EVER.

And you’re right, honey is the glue in life. Or something.

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 15, 2011 at 6:29 am

I just made a mango lassi last week and said the same thing about the cardamom. Without it, it’s just a smoothie ;)

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Penny August 15, 2011 at 6:38 am

Love yogurt smoothies, scared to death of “gogurt”. :-)
This looks awesome.

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Kulsum at JourneyKitchen August 15, 2011 at 6:55 am

oh yes add cardamom to mango lassi totally lassifies it! Yum

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Sarah@The Flying ONION August 15, 2011 at 7:04 am

Oh!! Awesome!!

This is so up my alley. :D

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Julie @SavvyEats August 15, 2011 at 7:24 am

We LOVE getting mango lassis when we go out for Thai food!

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Katie of Cabbage Ranch August 15, 2011 at 7:39 am

What are the odds I’d actually have mangos waiting to be used up? It’s like I was waiting to be lassified.

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Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum August 15, 2011 at 7:44 am

I loooooove the mango lassis at our local Indian restaurant. I’ve been wanting to make them at home but I don’t know why I haven’t done it yet!

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Khushboo August 15, 2011 at 8:38 am

Cardamom is also essential to ‘chai-ify’ a cup of tea!

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Leslie Means August 15, 2011 at 8:40 am

Thanks for the great recipe! I’ll give it a try. :)

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Erika @ The Teenage Taste August 15, 2011 at 8:42 am

Mango lassis have my heart. <3
Whenever I go on vacation I always order a mango lassi at the bar. I can't drink yet, but I believe a lassi is the next best thing! :-)

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Brooke @ bittersweetbrooke August 15, 2011 at 8:52 am

I love Indian food! There’s something so delicious and transporting about that spicy mango frozen drink. I need to have a themed dinner asap!

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AshleyH August 15, 2011 at 9:06 am

This looks great! I can’t wait to make this!

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katie @KatieDid August 15, 2011 at 9:12 am

I’ve made a just mango and plain yogurt smoothie before and it was one of the best I’ve had. This looks so refreshing too!

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) August 15, 2011 at 9:14 am

Such a decadent smoothie with such a fancy name… I love it !

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Ashley Lavin August 15, 2011 at 9:26 am

I love mango lassis! Thanks for the recipe…I will def be making this! :)

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Krystina (Organically Me) August 15, 2011 at 10:48 am

I LOVE mango lassis! This sounds heavenly.

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ami@dashofcurry.com August 15, 2011 at 10:53 am

That looks so delicious! I grew up drinking them in Indian restaurants or even homemade by my mom, but haven’t had one in forever. Thanks for demystifying the lassi-making process!

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kristen, sweetly August 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

That looks awesome. I love Indian food, but never spring for the lassis because I think they’re about as healthy as milkshakes. I forget how creamy smoothies become when you add mango! Can’t wait to try it.

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Margo @ peanut butter trees August 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Sounds like an awesome weekend!

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Kiah August 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm

This is SO GREAT! One of my first posts was about kefir smoothies, and I mentioned that my favorite flavor smoothie is mango. Several people suggested something called a “mango lassi.” I had never heard of a mango lassi before…but now (thanks to you) I not only know what it is, I can go make one! Woot!

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Corina August 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I absolutely love mango lassies so definitely going to try this. Yoghurt drinks are one of my favourite things!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm

This looks delicious… but every time I go to buy frozen mango at the grocery store, it’s always sold out! I think I may have to start freezing them myself. :P

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Sonia (the Mexigarian) August 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm

LOL. I have the same brand of honey! Er, had. Finished it off several weeks ago and am using the jar for smoothies and such. ^_^; I dunno where the honey came from because I smuggled it out of my parents pantry. They weren’t using it.

Where did you find the honey because I need to get my hands on it again!

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Mellie August 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm

i love mango! i can’t wait to try this!

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Kelsey @ aslolife August 15, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Yum! I’ve never used cardamom but I’ve always been a huge fan of drinking smoothies for any meal.

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Crystal August 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I am definitely going to have to try that recipe… it looks so good!!!

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Sana August 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Fun fact: I eat Cardamom whole ;)

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Willow @ My Own Trail August 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm

YUM! I am totally grossed out by the idea of traditional mango lassis. I don’t tolerate that consistency well. But, a frozen mango lassi sounds wonderful! I have all of the ingredients on hand, so I will definitely be making this tomorrow morning.

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Emily @ Comfortable Home Life August 15, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Bahahah I love how the honey tells you to eat it.. for HEALTH!!!! So funny that they capitalized health! On a serious note (oh who am I kidding I’m never serious), this smoothie looks divine!!

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Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. August 16, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Haha! I noticed that too!!! Love it!

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Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. August 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm

How very interesting to put a spice in a smoothie…I’ve never used cardamom before, but I’ll have to look into a bit more!

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Lynna @wholeytreats August 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I think frozen mango gives smoothies an even better consistency than bananas! Last summer, I made a sort of deconstructed mango lassi by layering the yogurt and frozen pureed mango mixture. If anyone’s interested: http://wholeytreats.blogspot.com/2010/06/mango-lassi-parfait.html

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Julie August 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm

So I’ve made this twice already and it’s divine. Thanks for the delicious and easy lassi recipe! MMMMmm….

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Sarah April 8, 2013 at 10:59 am

I have been looking for a lassi recipe for weeks! I first tried the mango version at a local Indian restaurant and LOVED it! Thank you! Can’t wait to try it.

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