When I was growing up my mom used to make my brother lassi. She would take a bunch of ice cubes and wrap them in a dish towel. Then she would proceed to bang them on the window sill to crush the ice. Next would come the yogurt and she would mix it in the ice. I'm sure she put other things in it too but the thought of drinking yogurt just seemed so unappetizing. I was an extremely picky eater and there was no way I was going to drink yogurt. But I've grown and I'm not as picky as I once was. I used to cringe at the sight of coriander in food. I hated onions. Now if I don't have either in my fridge I feel like there is nothing I could possibly cook.
I am still somewhat picky and the only lassi I will have is mango lassi. When we go out to eat dosa I usually will get a mango lassi. It is so thick and sweet and mangoey....hmmmm......
I was browsing some food blogs and I came across Manu's Menu. She had a recipe for Mango Lassi. It was so simple so I gave it a try. I wasn't able to find the Alphonso Mango Pulp. When I'm doing my grocery shopping Indian stores aren't open yet. So I got Kesar Mango Pulp from Wal-Mart. The recipe called for water which I thought would dilute the taste but I went ahead wit the way the recipe was written. It was too thin for my taste and didn't have a strong mango flavor. So I played around with it...increased the mango pulp, replaced the water with milk and used less. I also added a lot more sugar. It was just how I liked it!!! I wish I could say the same for my picture. I just couldn't get a good picture. But I was taking them at night and the lighting in the kitchen is bad...this is the best one out of around 10 others I took.
Adapted from Manu's Menu
3/4 cup mango pulp
1 cup yogurt
1/4 cup milk
Sugar to taste (I used 7 tbsp but I like my lassi very sweet)
Blend all the ingredients in a blender or use an immersion blender. Garnish with grated nutmeg, ground cardamon or slivered almonds (I like mine without any garnishes).