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Refreshing Indian Lassi

Refreshing Indian Lassi

It's summertime. This is a refreshing, delicious lassi, a standard drink in India. You can make it with all kinds of fruits. It's great to drink after eating curry, as a refreshing drink or as a snack.

Ingredients: 2 servings

1 to 2 fruits of your choice (see Hints)
about 200 g
Yogurt
200 ml
Milk or water
100 ml
Sugar
3 to 4 teaspoons
Ice
as needed
See Hints for some examples of fruits to try.

Steps

1. Prepare all the ingredients. If you are using mango, like I am here, remove the stone and cut into bite-sized pieces.
2. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend for about 2 minutes. The sweetness of fruit varies, so if it isn't sweet enough, add some sugar.
3. Pour in glasses over ice, and it's done. You can keep the lassi in the refrigerator for a day or so. If you have some mint leaves, use as garnish to make it look nicer.
4. If you get some not so good mangoes, turn it into a purée as follows and make the lassi from that.
5. Purée the mango in a food processor until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar.
6. Put the purée in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes, taking care not to let it burn on the bottom. Cool before using in Step 2.

Story Behind this Recipe

There are several mango trees in the garden of the house where I grew up in India, so we could eat all the mangoes we wanted. Mango lassi is a dessert or drink that we often had made with those freshly pickled mangoes. Bananas and berries go well with this too.