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Roasted Mango Lassi

Posted in Food & Entertaining

I adore Indian food but I have never been able to enjoy it with lassi as an accompanying drink.

Lassi, a yogurt based drink, can be salty or sweet, although the sweet variety is a lot more popular in the West. Still, drinking dairy with lunch or dinner is not something I would ever crave.

A little while ago, though, I started to look at lassi differently – I love yogurt and I love fruit so why couldn’t I just make it as a snack or breakfast? I consulted a few recipes: mango, bananas, mint were all tried, alone, or together but nothing much stood out. Until I followed the suggestion of roasting the fruit. It was a revelation.

Suddenly, the lassi was much more interesting and requiring very little sugar, if at all.

Because I love mangoes, that is where I started.

I peeled and chopped a couple of ripe mangoes, which I mixed with a teaspoon of vanilla extract, one cardamom pod (smashed) and a tablespoon of sugar (if the fruit is extremely ripe, the sugar can be skipped). I roasted the fruit in a 350F (180C) oven  for about 30 minutes, turning it over every so often. Then I let it cool completely in the fridge.

In a blender I pureed about one cup of the roasted fruit, two cups of yogurt (vegan yogurt can be substituted) and 1/4 C of milk (it can be a nut based milk or water). The result was creamy, pudding like and I have been eating it for dessert or as breakfast (adding some cereal or nuts). I just can’t have enough.

Next up, papaya and bananas.

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2 Comments

  1. This sounds incredible. Mangoes are one of my true loves and mixing that with Indian spices in such a versatile way is great!

    September 1, 2017
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    • I love mangoes too: a perfectly ripe mango is divine. But now that I tried the roasted version, I am even more in love!

      September 1, 2017
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