Mango Lassi

18 Aug

When my mom turned vegetarian, one of the ways she maneuvered into getting me to like vegetarian cooking was to encourage me to take vegetarian cooking classes.   I never disliked cooking, yet it was something done in my house to appease your hunger, not something we had a passion for.

I learned to make whole grain rice, textured soy protein, some sort of potato pastelón, a basic cake recipe without using eggs and as a beverage I remember extra clearly, Mango Lassi.  I remember expressly because I had never mixed mango with yogurt before and it tasted DIVINE!!! 

Maybe the divine part was because Lassi comes from India – the land of deities and divinity.  It’s traditionally made with mangoes, which are plentiful in India, but it can certainly be made with any other fruit.  Lassi is nothing more than a fruit shake made with yogurt and ice.  I read there are versions with rosewater, pistachios, and other spices.  The funny thing is that I went to India 4 years ago;  I never had a lassi – plenty of mango juice, but no lassi.

My version of lassi is simple and very refreshing.  What I like about lassis is they’re great to prepare the digestive system to receive food.  It very well is the active cultures in the yogurt, or that it’s a way to consume fruits BEFORE food instead of as a dessert.  But no matter the reason, they’re just delicious any time of day, particularly in the summer heat.





1 mango, peeled and diced
1 cup of plain yogurt
2 tbs agave nectar
3-4 ice cubes
¼ cup of water, to thin out the mixture if it’s too thick for the blender to process


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender.  Blend it at the highest speed for about 1-2 minutes to make sure the mango fibers are broken very well.


Enjoy as an appetizer, as a snack or as a great breakfast shake.

3 Responses to “Mango Lassi”

  1. Carolina Carezis September 15, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    where can I find the agave nectar?…. a sofia le encanta comer comida de la india y sobretodo los mango lassi ….

    KFC – You can find it in any health food store. I originally bought it in a Whole Foods, but I am sure they’re available most anywhere. I believe I even saw it in the regular supermarket aisle here in PR… so it should not be a challenge to find. Good luck!!

  2. Kirby! September 28, 2008 at 8:21 pm #

    Hey, you should try adding sparkling water instead of regular water. I went to an Indian cooking class where they made it that way, and it added a nice little zip– and you can sprinkle a tiny bit of garam masala on top, which is another nice touch!

  3. Leslie July 29, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Yes! Yum. Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m lactose intolerant (except to yogurt), and couldn’t believe (after looking at the picture) that none of the ingredients were milk. SO having this today.

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