Frozen Mango Lime Lassi

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Frozen Mango Lime Lassi

If you've ever woken up coated with a coarse and perversely intimate film of overnight-fermented perspiration, there's a good chance you were in southwestern Ontario during the summer. Quite possibly you also spent the night in my apartment, where the otherwise kind and solicitous landlady downstairs considers it a matter of policy never to turn on the air conditioner until July regardless of the weather. If there is one redeeming quality to this policy it is that even the cat can't lift himself up enough to drag himself around on his daily annoy-the-human rounds, but that's a poor compensation when I haven't the energy to appreciate it, assuming that I'd have the energy to get annoyed in the first place.

I've lately considered bribing her with food to reverse this austerity program, fearing that she could easily dismiss any thuds overhead I might make pretending to faint with the heat. But the food strategy has its drawbacks too, since she might conclude that the heat can't be too bad if I've got the energy to make something for her. And, of course, it presupposes that I actually do have the energy!

But she'd be right too, even if it goes against my best interest to say so, if this past Sunday is any indication. Despite a couple of cups of hot coffee, or maybe because of it, I was too enervated in the drenching morning heat to even have an appetite … which is where this recipe for frozen mango lime lassi comes in, for those of you who remember the post title. Oddly satisfying in an ice-cream milkshake kind of way, it was all I really felt like I had the stomach for to get myself going, or as far going as I would be able to go when the temperature inside is over 30°. Cold, smooth and creamy except for a few delectable small chunks of barely thawed sweet mango floating around, and with the refreshing blast of fresh lime juice, this lassi is a super hot-weather step up from the ordinary mango lassi found in Indian restaurants, as much as I enjoy them too. It's a perfect afternoon drink to serve when you're entertaining guest on the patio in the summer, but I had it for breakfast!

And I guess it worked too, since I proceeded right after that to stay in my scorching kitchen to whip up, in order, my Indian-style gazpacho soup, another batch of cocoa fruit treats, a pan of peanut-butter-chocolate squares to take to work and which recipe I'll be sharing shortly, and a batch of harissa for a friend — all without stopping except to occasionally wipe my brow to keep sweat from dripping in the food. So here's to frozen mango lime lassi, even if I'm now almost too bushed to write about it.

Frozen Mango Lime LassiFrozen Mango Lime Lassi
Recipe by
Cuisine: Indian
Published on June 9, 2008

Cold, smooth and creamy frozen mango and yogurt lassi with a refreshing burst of fresh lime juice — perfect for beating the summer heat

Preparation: 5 minutes

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  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 cups plain whole fat yogurt
  • slices of lime for garnish
  • Place the first four ingredients in a blender and process until the mango is chopped up but still chunky. Add the yogurt and stir until blended with the mango.

  • Pour into chilled glasses and serve with a slice of lime for garnish.

Makes 4 cups or 2 tall glasses of lassi


Susan from Food Blogga said...

I had a mango pineapple lassi for breakfast yesterday! It was like pina colada, and so much more fun than my usual oatmeal. Great choice for the event, Lisa!

Lucy said...

Oh, that kind of heat. The kind that renders even a lap-seeking cat-missile unable to move!

I hate it. I spend most summers here close to tears...

Still, this is a great way to cool down.

Hope the landlady sees sense. And soon.

Siri said...

Thanks Lisa for such a cool, summer entry!..:D


Johanna GGG said...

your description of the heat really makes me appreciate being in winter but I know exactly what you mean. Love your velvety photo of the lassi!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like London and the Toronto area are experiencing the same kind of heat. . .but this would be a wonderful way to deal with it!

David Hall said...

Great stuff Lisa, we love lassi and this one I have never made. Going to do it this weekend with our curry!


Anonymous said...

Thank you! Do try the rotis and sarson and let me know how they turn out!
Am making your Indian-style Gazpacho today to relieve myself of some of this heat!

test it comm said...

It was pretty warm this weekend. That looks like a great way to keep cool.

TBC said...

It's unbearably hot here too! Luckily for us, we live on the ground floor and do not have as much of a problem with the heat as the folks upstairs. But we suffer during winter.:D

Mango lassi is the pefect cool treat to beat the heat.:)

maybelles mom said...

I have bookmarked this and will try this for my dad on fathers day.

Susan said...

Peppermint lotion and a window box fan - highly recommended from my days in an apartment w/out AC. I would not have been able to sleep otherwise.

Love this lassi! How refreshing!

Morri said...


I am a big fan of your blog and have been coming here for inspiration.

This week I purchased plan lassi from my local Trader Joe's and was curious if you had any more recipes with lassi or what your take on it is.

Thanks. <3

Lisa Turner said...

Hi Morri:

Thanks for your comment. I hope to post more lassi recipes soon. Stay tuned.