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  • Mango Lassi

    TOOLS: You’ll need a powerful blender, such as a Vitamix.
    NOTE: You can also make this lassi an “adult” drink by adding 2 to 3 ounces / 60 to 90 mL of vodka or rum.
    VEGANIZE IT! This is so simple to make vegan! Just substitute soy or coconut yogurt and milk alternatives for the dairy yogurt and milk. I make it vegan-style for many of my cooking classes, and no one misses the dairy!

    I love lassi. It’s a delicious drink that is at once tart and refreshing. Though most Indian home cooks make theirs as a thin and savory drink, many restaurants offer this sweeter version.

    • 2 cups /470 mL plain, unsweetened yogurt
    • 1 cup /240 mL milk
    • 3 cups /500 g fresh or frozen mango, diced
    • 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds
    • 1–3 cups /140–420 g crushed ice (as needed)
    • 2–3 tablespoons granulated or raw cane sugar, such as Sucanat, or agave nectar
    • 8 mint leaves, for garnish
    • 1 teaspoon ground pistachios, for garnish

    1. In a powerful blender, such as a Vitamix, combine all the ingredients except the mint leaves and pistachios in the order listed above. Process at the highest setting for 2 to 3 minutes, until completely smooth and slightly frothy.

    2. Transfer to 8 glasses and garnish each with a mint leaf and a pinch of the pistachios. Serve immediately.

Indian For Everyone by Anupy Singla. Copyright © 2014 Anupy Singla. Published by Agate Publishing. All rights reserved.

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