Recipe of the Week: Homemade Mango Lassi

OK, this is so simple, I almost feel embarrassed posting it. However, I'm not sure many people would think to re-create a mango lassi at home, and I'm here to tell you: you can do it. It's delicious, nutritious, and much less sweet than the ones you get at Indian restaurants. (You can, of course, sweeten this recipe with a little sugar or mango syrup—check liquor stores for that—if you want.) I've made this for The Beaner for breakfast or a snack for the past three days; it's a good compromise when I'm trying to get him to drink milk, but he keeps demanding juice.

Homemade Mango Lassi

about 4oz. plain yogurt*
6 - 8oz. Trader Joe's Mango Antioxidant juice or Odwalla Mango Tango
1/4 - 1/2 c. mango chunks, room temperature
1/4 c. water or milk

* I like Fage 2% for myself; when I'm making this for The Beaner, I use the full-fat versions of either Fage or Trader Joe's Greek Style plain yogurt. You can also use nonfat if you prefer.

Throw first three ingredients in a blender and blend until mango chunks have pureed. Add water or milk to thin, if necessary (test thickness with a straw). Enjoy!

Posted by Lori in food at 11:48 AM on November 16, 2006