The Festival of Colors is also a time for enjoying street food and sweet treats. This mango lassi is sweet, creamy, and colorful. Lassi is a traditional yogurt-based drink that originates from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. Traditional or salted lassi is made from yogurt blended with water, sugar or salt, and spices. Other variations of lassi include rosewater, fruit juices, saffron, and even butter. Lassi is a popular beverage during Holi, and this mango version is sure to satisfy any kid’s (or adult’s) sweet tooth.
Sweet, juicy mangoes are the backbone of this drink, so make sure you pick ripe mangoes. It’s not all about color. The brightest, reddest mango may not be the ripest. A ripe mango should give slightly and will sometimes have a fruity aroma at the stem end.
- 2 cups diced fresh mango
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 Tbsp turbinado sugar
- Cinnamon (optional)
- Ground cardamom (optional)
- Ice (optional)
- Add the diced mango, yogurt, milk, and sugar to a blender and blend until smooth.
- If desired, add a pinch of cinnamon, half a pinch of ground cardamom, and a couple handfuls of ice to the blender and blend until smooth. If you want a spicer flavor, add more cinnamon and ground cardamom according to taste.
- Pour the mango lassi into a glass and top with another pinch of cinnamon.
- Whole-fat and part-fat yogurt and milk both work well.
- Ice isn't traditional but makes it more like a smoothie and makes it extra cold.
Did you know that mangoes were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago? This sweet fruit is often associated with love, life, and fertility. In some regions it’s considered sacred because Buddha is believed to have meditated under the shade of a mango tree. A basket of mangoes is considered a symbol of friendship, while mango leaves are often used in wedding ceremonies in India. And in the Tamil region of India, the paisley pattern is known as mankolam because it resembles a mango.
Take a short break from the fun and festivities to make this drink. After all that running around and playing with color powders, a cold mango lassi is just what you need to refuel. And did I mention how healthy it is? Mangoes are rich in nutrients, particularly vitamin C and folate. Add in protein and calcium-rich milk and yogurt and you have a treat that’s as healthy as it is delicious. So drink up and get ready for even more Festival of Colors fun coming up this Friday!