Mango Lassi (Indian Yogurt Drink)

Mango Lassi (Indian Yogurt Drink) Recipe

Every mango lassi recipe you'll find always has the same list of ingredients. Milk, yogurt, mango (fresh or canned), sugar and some crushed ice are always present, though the proportions may differ. To these, I added cardamom extract, saffron (for color) and a pinch of salt to enhance the flavor of the mango.

There's something magical about mango lassi (Indian-style smoothie). It has the richness of a milkshake without the calories. On top of that, it's ultra easy to make at home. You don't have to wait for your next trip to the local Indian restaurant to enjoy a tall glass of mango-ey goodness.


Yields: 6 glasses

1-1/4 cups mango pulp (see tips)
2 cups plain yogurt
2/3 cup milk (I used evaporated milk)
1/4 cup superfine sugar, to taste
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups crushed ice
1/8 teaspoon saffron threads (optional)
1/8 teaspoon cardamom extract (optional)


In a mortar and pestle, grind the saffron threads (if used). Add about 1/4 cup of milk.

Combine the mango purée, yogurt, saffron milk (if used), the rest of the milk, superfine sugar, salt and crushed ice in a blender. Blend all the ingredients for about 2 minutes. While the mixture is blending, add the cardamom extract (if used). The consistency of the smoothie should be smooth and creamy.

Pour into 6 small glasses. Wasn't it easy?



You can decorate the top of the glasses with crushed nuts (slivered almonds, pistachios or cashews), just as it's done for other Indian drinks, such as sharbat.

I prefer using canned mango pulp because the mangoes are picked at the peak of ripeness, which guarantees a consistent result. I get it at the Indian store but you can also get it online. I prefer the Kesar mango variety, which is much smaller than the Alphonso kind and much sweeter.

I prefer using superfine sugar. It's a fine-grained sugar and it dissolves much more quickly than regular sugar.

I made my own yogurt last summer. It's easier that you imagine; making homemade yogurt doesn't even require a yogurt maker. You can click on the link  for the recipe.

If you don't have cardamom extract (I buy mine at an Indian store), you can grind cardamom seeds** into a fine powder, using a mortar and pestle. Crush all the nits and gather about 1 teaspoon.

** It's very easy to extract the seeds from a cardamom pod with a mortar and pestle. Pound the pod several times and the pod will release its seeds. Pick the shell and discard it.

I use the Vitamix  blender. It's rather expensive but so worth it. I got it as a wedding gift, and it's really powerful. It crushes ice into sno-cones almost instantaneously. It's perfect for smoothies. Just make sure there is some amount of liquid so that the motor does not burn. Vitamix also carries an additional container just for dry ingredients.

Saffron is quite expensive; I usually get it at a more reasonable price at an Indian market. It gives the drink a yellow hue and a nice aroma.

saffron risotto recipe

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on December 14, 2009.


I ate - on average - one mango per day in the summer. I miss the sweet juicy fruit, and this lassi looks amazing.

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[ Posted at 7:07 AM on 12/15/09 | Reply ]
Oh, I JUST started having smoothies for breakfast, and mango lassi could be a perfect option too

I have frozen mango chunks - that's pretty much all I can find here. Do you think those would work?

Your glasses are very beautiful!

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[ Posted at 1:11 PM on 12/15/09 | Reply ]
[-] mango chunks - Jackie
no pb! you might want to balance the level of sweetness though.

Happy holidays!
[ Posted at 4:25 PM on 12/15/09 | Reply ]
Good point.... thanks!
[ Posted at 4:29 AM on 12/16/09 | Reply ]
[-] cheffresco - Guest-cheffresco
We tried mango lassi a while ago. I like your use of saffron!

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[ Posted at 7:27 PM on 12/15/09 | Reply ]
I never fail to order this when I go to an Indian restaurant. I simply love mangoes!

veron Website Link
[ Posted at 8:46 PM on 12/16/09 | Reply ]
[-] Mango Lassi (Indian Yogurt Drink) - Guest-OysterCulture
Love mango lassi and I've not tried it with milk - just yogurt and the mango. Cardamon is the secret ingredient in my book!

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[ Posted at 4:10 PM on 12/18/09 | Reply ]
[-] Mango Lassi - Guest-ThailandBreeze
Great recipe! I always wanted to make Indian lassi. Thanks for sharing.

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[ Posted at 4:37 AM on 1/4/10 | Reply ]
I find it much easier to prepare a mango by first peeling it with a potato peeler, then slicing lobes off each side of the seed, and finally cutting the remaining meat from the seed.
[ Posted at 3:38 AM on 3/7/10 | Reply ]
[-] I do too - Jackie
But I used canned mango pulp to make this recipe; it guarantees a consistent result.
[ Posted at 8:43 AM on 3/7/10 | Reply ]
[-] Perfect - Guest-Guest
A novice cook, I decided to try your recipe last night - it was super easy and tasted delicious. This is going to become a household staple :-)
[ Posted at 2:35 AM on 7/21/12 | Reply ]
Found your recipe and my family is very happy I did. the whole family loves this refreshing mango drink. The cardamom is really the secret ingredient.
[ Posted at 5:35 PM on 8/11/12 | Reply ]
[-] Delish! - Guest-Brad
Thanks for this recipe. It was simple and the tips were excellent. Our family really enjoyed it tonight with our chicken tikka masala!
[ Posted at 7:26 PM on 10/20/14 | Reply ]

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