Mango lassi is a delightful mango drink that is blended with coconut milk, warm cardamom and a hint of floral rose water.
🥭 What is Mango Lassi?
Creamy and slightly sweet, this coconut mango lassi is a delicious Indian yogurt drink that originated from the Indian subcontinent, Punjab.
There are all sorts of variations to a lassi, but the more popular ones I have seen are fruity mango lassis. This slightly sweet fruit version is blended with frozen mango, coconut milk and yogurt.
I added a touch of warm cardamom and a splash of floral rose water, which enhances the lovely fruit flavors.
🍹 Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Creamy, smooth and perfectly sweet!
- Perfect drink to enjoy on a warm summer day.
- Uses easy to find ingredients, such as frozen mango, yogurt and coconut milk.
- Coconut Milk: Use a lite coconut milk so prevent the lassi from being too thick and too heavy.
- Yogurt: Use a full fat yogurt for better flavor. If using the thicker Greek style of yogurt, you may need to add more coconut water to thin out the consistency.
- Coconut Water: This adds additional flavor of coconut without overpowering. If coconut water is not available, substitute with regular water.
- Mango: Traditionally, mango lassi is made with mango pulp, but you can also use frozen mango chunks or fresh mango.
- Rose Water: I love use rose water in a number of Mediterranean recipes such as fruit tarts and Persian donuts. A little goes a long way so start small and add more if you like the floral flavor. If you don't like or have rosewater, just leave it out and the drink will still be incredibly delicious!
- Cardamom: This is a warm spice that is used in both Mediterranean and Indian cuisine and adds a warm and aromatic note to the recipe. Start with a small amount of cardamom and add more if you like the flavor.
- Honey: This is optional if you prefer a sweeter mango lassi. You can omit if the mango is sweet based on your preference.
🥥 Substitutions and Variations
- Vegan Mango Lassi: Substitute the yogurt with coconut yogurt or another non-dairy yogurt and substitute sugar instead of honey.
- Add a pinch of saffron for a floral flavor and golden color.
- Make a lassi with other fruits such as strawberries or pineapple.
⏲️ How to Make a Mango Lassi
Making a creamy coconut mango lassi is easy, as long as you have a good blender to blend the lassi into a a smooth consistency.
- Add all of the mango lassi ingredients to a blender, along with some ice to make it extra cold and frothy
- Blend the lassi until incredibly smooth and there are no large pieces of fruit left.
- Pour the lassi into glasses and garnish with shredded coconut, if desired.
📍 Recipe Tip
When making any kind of blended drink or smoothie, always add the liquid to the blender first, before adding the heavier cubes of fruit. This will help the blender blend the drink easily and making a smooth drink.
Mango lassi is creamy and slightly sweet coming from the mango and honey. The addition of cardamom gives the sweet yogurt drink a touch of warmth and complexity.
You can make a mango lassi up to 24 hours in advance. As the drink sits, water may separate, altering the texture.
Not all mango lassi is made with vegan ingredients. Some lassis are made with cow milk and yogurt. You can make a mango lassi vegan by using non-dairy yogurts and milks and adding sugar instead of honey.
Mango Lassi with Cardamom
- Add the mango, yogurt, coconut milk and coconut water, cardamom, honey and rose water to a blender.
- Add ice if desired and blend until smooth and there are no large fruit pieces left.
- Pour the mango lassi into glasses and garnish with shredded coconut on top.
- For a vegan lassi, substitue the yogurt with coconut yogurt or another non-dairy yogurt.
- If using fresh mango or mango puree, add ice to make the lassi frothy.
- Lassi can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time.