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Mango lassi in tall glasses garnished with mangoes and nuts

Mango Lassi Recipe

Shweta Arora
Mango Lassi is a popular Indian summer drink made with mango, milk, yogurt, sugar, and a dash of cardamom. It is rich, creamy, sweet, refreshing, and a favorite at Indian restaurants.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2
Calories 274 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup mango pulp Fresh mango pulp from 2-3 sweet mangoes or canned mango pulp
 or frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup yogurt plain whole milk yogurt
  • ½ cup whole milk chilled or cold water
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar adjust to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • pinch saffron strands plus more to garnish, optional
  • ½ cup ice cubes optional
  • pistachios chopped, as required,for garnishing
  • dry rose petals as required, for garnishing

Instructions
 

  • In a blender, add mango pulp (pieces), yogurt, milk, sugar, cardamom powder, saffron, and ice cubes and blend until smooth and frothy.
  • Adjust milk (or water) and icecubes quantity based on the consistency you like.
  • Creamy and luscious Mango Lassi is ready. Keep refrigerated and serve chilled!!
  • To serve, pour in a tall glass and enjoy as is or garnish with some sliced pistachios, mango pieces, saffron and dry rose petals (optional)

Notes

Mangoes - Use sweetripe mangoes to make the best tasting Lassi. Go for frozen mango chunks or canned mango pulp only if fresh mangoes are not available. Use Alphonso, Kesar, or Ataulfo mangoes. Avoid fibrous kind.
Yogurt - Use fresh homemade full-fat yogurt that is not sour to taste. Sour yogurt will need more sugar to sweeten lassi.
Sweetness - I prefer using white granulated sugar to sweeten the lassi. You can also use condensed milk, powdered sugar, honey, or jaggery powder. Adjust the quantity according to taste preference, and depending on the sweetness of your mangoes and yogurt. 
For creamier lassi - Use chilled whole milk and yogurt (or greek yogurt) combo.
Prefer lighter lassi - replace full-fat with reduced-fat or low-fat yogurt and milk.
Consistency - For thicker lassi, reduce the amount of milk or use greek yogurt.. Or thin it out with milk or water for a thinner consistency. 
To make it vegan, simply replace the yogurt and milk with vegan-based (dairy-free) options of choice. Almond milk and almond yogurt are great substitutes.
Storage - It tastes best when served fresh!! But you can store leftovers in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Alternately, prep the ingredients and keep them ready and make the lassi just before serving, it takes literally less than 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 3049IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 15mg
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