We just went through a heatwave here on the west coast and all I could think about were ways to stay cool. Keeping hydrated is the best way to do this and I have been drinking plenty of water. I also have been munching down on watermelon and honeydew melon, two favourite summertime fruits.
As it has been so hot I haven’t wanted to turn on the stove or oven as it would add to the already hot apartment, even with the air con running, even my cat has been complaining about the heat and refusing to eat.
I wanted to make something that was delicious and refreshing, something that could be had mainly at breakfast time but also as a cool treat later in the day. Smoothies are a perfect way to combat this but I decided to make a variation on that, namely mango lassi.
Lassi is a yogurt based drink popular in India and other South-East Asian countries. I prefer a more traditional lassi that are not too sweet abut also love mango lassi. I decided to not sweeten mine with any sugars except those found in the mangoes.
Of course I had to find a substitute for the yogurt and decided to try Silks unsweetened coconut yogurt. I like that it has a very mild taste and replicates the texture of regular milk based yogurt.
Lassi often includes such as cumin and turmeric. I decided to go another route and added cardamon to my lassi, I love cardamon and it works really well with the mango.
This is a fantastic drink that can be made in larger batches and stored in the refrigerator for a week and enjoyed at any time.
- 2 Mangos, chopped roughly
- 2 Cups coconut yogurt
- 1 Cup dairy free milk
- 1 Tbsp cardamon
- 1 Tsp salt
- Puree mangos to smooth.
- Add in coconut yogurt, ½ cup milk, cardamon and salt. Blend together.
- Add more milk as needed. This will depend on how thick you like your lassi. I added the entire cup and still had a nice thick drink.