Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mango Lassi

Mango & Yogurt Smoothie
Mango lassi is a mango and yogurt smoothie that is generally served at Indian restaurants in India and abroad. It is amazingly refreshing in the hot summer months. The addition of ginger powder gives the smoothie a special flavor and aids in the digestion of the mango. This beverage is delicious!

Makes 2 servings

1 cup mango pulp (see Other Options below)
1 tub (4 oz.) Dannon Lite & Fit (45 calories) vanilla yogurt
   or 1 cup plain yogurt + 3 tsp. sugar, or to taste
1/2 cup milk or Land O Lakes fat-free half-and-half
1/8 tsp. ginger powder
1/8 tsp. cardamom powder

Whip all ingredients together with an egg beater.
Sprinkle with cardamom powder.
Chill and serve within 24 hours.

Other Options:
Mango pulp is available in 30 oz. cans in Indian grocery stores. If it is not available where you live, it can be replaced with a ripe mango, peeled, deseeded, chopped & pureed. Extra sugar, may be required, according to taste.

Mango can be replaced with canned peaches or sweetened frozen strawberries.
It would be fun to experiment with other fruits.

The vanilla or plain yogurt can be replaced with vanilla ice cream.

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