Saturday, 11 May 2013

Mango Lassi in approximately 5 minutes

First of all you have to picture that it's roughly 23 degrees, the sun is shining and you've just spent the afternoon walking around in the hot sun enjoying the weather. Can you remember that far back? Good. So you'll be needing a refreshing drink to cool down. Mango lassi is totally perfect for this - after all it comes from India which is on around 35 - 40 degrees for the majority of the year, and even in Winter most places are still 20 degrees on a cool day.

This couldn't be simpler to make, the easiest way to make it is with mango puree, mangos aren't that great in most supermarkets, and the pureed mango in a tin is a good substitute. Tesco and Asda even sell it now. If you find some good Alphonso mangoes in an Indian supermarket, use one peeled mango instead of the tinned.

It's important that everything is chilled, so you have a nice cool drink - it's even better if you make it and then chill the drink for a while - but you can just devour it straight away, it's hard to resist.

Mango Lassi 
Makes 2 glasses

200g tin of chilled mango puree (sweetened)
200ml of plain yoghurt
pinch of salt
fennel seeds

Put everything in a blender, add a splash of milk or water so the drink isn't too thick.
Blend for a minute or so, til all combined, add more milk or water if it is a bit too thick, it should be slightly thicker than custard. Serve with a few fennel seeds on top if you are fancy.

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