Mango and lime lassi

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Inspired by the classic Indian drink, this tangy, fruity blend is great for breakfast or as a pick-me-up at any time of the day. Soft, ripe mango blended with yogurt and sharp, zesty lime and lemon juice makes a wonderfully thick, cooling drink that’s packed with energy but that can also be enjoyed as a mellow¬† soother when you need to unwind. Choose the sweetest, juiciest mango for this exotic drink, which will remind you of warm and wonderful Indian summers. Lassi is a popular, traditional, yogurt-based drink; it originates in India’s Punjab region. Lassi is a blend of yogurt, water, spices, and sometimes, fruit. Sweet lassi, however, contains sugar or fruits, instead of spices. In Dharmic religions, yogurt sweetened with honey is used while performing religious rituals. Less common is lassi served with milk and topped with a thin layer of clotted cream. Mango lassi is gaining popularity worldwide. It is widely available in UK, Malaysia and Singapore, and in many other parts of the world. In various parts of Canada, mango lassi is a cold drink consisting of sweetened kesar mango pulp mixed with yogurt, cream, or ice cream. It is served in a tall glass with a straw, often with ground pistachio nuts sprinkled on top.

Ingredients:

(makes 2 tall glasses)

1 mango

finely grated rind and juice of 1 lime

15 ml/1 tbsp lemon juice

5 – 10 ml/1-2 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar

100 ml natural (plain) yogurt

mineral water

1 extra lime, for serve

mango and lime lassi

Preparation:

Peel the mango and cut the flesh from the stone (pit). Put the flesh into the food processor or blender and add the lime rind and juice.

Add the lemon juice, sugar and natural yogurt. Whizz until completely smooth, scraping down the sides once or twice. Stir a little mineral water into the mixture to thin it down and create a drinkable consistency.

Serve immediately, with half a lime on the side of each glass so that more juice can be squeezed in if desired.