Mango Thandai Lassi a refreshing drink made with mangoes, yogurt and thandai masala. A refreshing and filling drink for summers.
Here in Iowa, weather always plays hide and seek. Last week it was too hot and sunny , then it rained last week and again the temperatures are rising. When it is hot and humid I always turn to natural homemade drinks made with fresh fruits, milkshakes and smoothies. My kids also do not like the carbonated drinks like Coke or Pepsi and even Fanta . Even they prefer homemade juices and milkshakes over these commercial fruit drinks or sodas.
In India, monsoon has arrived in the western and southern parts but the northern part is still struggling with heat and humidity. Lassi one of the natural cold drinks from India, cools and protects the body from scorching heat, along with it various health benefits.
With seasonal fresh mangoes or mango pulp and thandai masala added, make Mango Thandai Lassi a delcious and nutritious natural cold drink.
What is Lassi??
Lassi is one of the most loved yogurt based summer drinks in India for the masses, along with buttermilk(chass/matha) which is a more diluted form of yogurt than lassi . You can call Lassi a yogurt smoothie a slight thin consistency, with or without fruits or flavours.
Lassi is consumed in both sweet and savoury forms. Origin of lassi can be traced back to the villages in North India especially Punjab where people consume it with their breakfast or lunch. They have to work in their fields in harsh sun during summers. Drinks like buttermilk and lassi cool down the body also give them energy to work all day in fields. If you visit the North Indian villages in early morning hours, you will see the women churning lassi or buttermilk from fresh homemade yogurt. There are many shops and stalls selling lassi and other drinks like Jal Jeera that help to keep the body cool.
Now a days people make lot of variations with rose syrup and other fruits like this Pineapple and Mint Lassi. But Mango Lassi prepared with King of Fruits still holds the top place in flavoured lassi. Mango Lassi can be flavoured with cardamom or saffron or both. Another spice powder that I like to flavour Lassi with is Thandai Powder.
Thandai which is a popularly prepared during Holi, is another favourite drink that is consumed by many people in hot scorching Indian summers. Thandai made in chilled milk refreshes the body and is also a very nutritious drink
Apart from having a great taste Mango Lassi with Thandi powder has great nutritional benefits.
Mangoes are rich vitamins C, E, A and minerals.It is rich in carbohydrates and is avoided by people on low sugar diets. But studies have shown now that controlled portion consuming of seasonal fresh fruits is not that harmful for health of those suffering from diabetes. Yogurt is a rich source of calcium and has lot of good gut bacteria. Good for digestion and promotes weight management. Thandi powder is loaded with spices like cardamom, fennel, black pepper, poppy seeds that keep the body cool and is good for digestion.
Let's see how to make this delicious nutritious summer drink.
Mango Thandai Lassi
- 1½ Cup Plain Yogurt
- 3/4 Cup Mango puree see notes for fresh mango
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 1 tsp Thandai Powder
- 1-2 tsp Finely Chopped Nuts like Cashew nuts, Pistachios and Almonds
- In a blender, add mango puree, yogurt, thandai powder with water.
- Blend until smooth.
- Chill , garnish with finely chopped nuts of choice and serve.
- use 1 big mango. Peel and cut into chunks. Discard the seed.
- Blend with all the other ingredients.
- Add sugar as desired or sweetness of mango.
To make this I have used canned mango puree of Alphonso Mangoes. Outside India, you can get this at Indian grocery stores. To get the authentic taste of Indian Mango desserts like Mango Phirni or kulfi(will soon update), use either Indian mangoes or canned puree.
You can make Mango Lassi without thandai powder also but it enhances the taste so I like to add it. You can also add only cardamom powder or skip it altogether.
Do try this Mango Lassi with Thandai spice powder. You can make this spice powder prepared at home or use store-bought. Homemade powder stays good for around 6 months and for longer period in refrigerator.
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