I know that mango lassis are typically associated with Indian cuisine, but they always remind me of my time in Costa Rica.
When I was 17 years old, I had the chance to go spend a summer studying Spanish while living with a host family in the mountains outside of Alajuela. The countryside was beautiful, the people were salt-of-the-earth kind, and mangoes were everywhere. In fact, Alajuela is actually called the Ciudad de los Mangoes — City of Mangoes. Literally everywhere you turn, there were fresh mangoes in abundance!
I remember breathing in the air when I first arrived, wondering why the streets all smelled like sweet wine. But once I looked down at my feet and saw the fallen mangoes everywhere, warming in the sun, I began to understand. There were trees dripping with fresh mangos at every turn! The locals knew precisely when to pick them at the perfect moment of ripeness. And when they did, they were perfectly sweet and juicy. And this Midwesterner couldn’t help but feel that they were oh-so-luxurious.
Years later, I still get a little too excited when I find good and ripe fresh mangoes for sale here in the Midwest. So when I found a batch this week that were 2 for $1, I may have bought six. :)
So my summer intern, Rachel, and I decided to make mango lassis! If you have never made this classic mango smoothie before, it is a must. All you need are some fresh ripe mangoes, milk, yogurt, ice and a little sweetener such as honey, and you’re good to go! This time I decided to add in a little protein and went with Greek yogurt, which made these extra thick and creamy. So good!
Since it happens to be National Dairy Month and California Dairy Month, I’m excited to be partnering with Real California Milk to bring you this recipe, along with a chance to win some amazing prizes with a Pinterest contest! You know those cute commercials about the happy cows that come from California? Yep, that’s them. Their Greek yogurt definitely makes this girl happy! So read on for the recipe and details to enter the contest for a chance to win.
And if you find some fresh mangoes, this mango lassi recipe is definitely a winner.
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That summer sounds amazing. what an awesome opportunity! This drink also sounds amazing. I love mangos and this sounds like the perfect summer drink!
I’m on a huge mango kick right now so this is coming at just the right time :) It’s such a gorgeous color and sounds perfectly refreshing for summer!
Oooh, this looks heavenly!
I am so jealous of your Costa Rican excursion, wish I’d done that in high school and ill be encouraging my Smudge to take advantage of all of those life adventures as she gets older.ango is currently her favorite so I’ll be making them
With her this summer for sure. Sounds
Like a fun giveaway!
I used to live in Costa Rica, too! Our similarities keep growing! I was doing research on water quality on all the major rivers. Do you remember Gallo Pinto? And Salsa Lizana?! Oh, you’re bringing back so many memories for me! :)
I will never forget the first mango lassi I ever had. It was love at first sip! I’ve never made them at home. and now I have no excuse. :) Hope BlogHer was a blast! Wish I could’ve gone.
This looks so incredibly refreshing! It was wonderful finally meeting you in person this weekend, Ali! Hope you had a great time in Austin!
I’ve never heard of a Lassi, but it sounds heavenly. Perfect for this hot, hot weather!
Looks so refreshing! Heaven for summertime!
Mangoes are one of my favorite fruits of all time. This looks refreshing and delicious!
What an incredible memory surrounding mangoes, Ali! No wonder you love them so much. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous summer drink! It was so nice to meet you at BlogHer!
Love lassi! I made a mango rose water one a little while back and it is amazing. I think there are savory ones as well that I’m thinking about trying!
I looooove me a lassi, and this recipe looks awesome! Yum!
I really wish I had some milk right about now! I have everything else, but am on a mission to use everything up before vacation.
This looks amazing, Ali! I’m totally craving it now!!!
Ohhh this would’ve been perfect in Austin! Looks majorly refreshing!
I love mangoes, this looks so refreshing!
I would have thought I’d died and gone to mango heaven if there were mangoes littering the streets where I lived – so lucky!!! Mangoes are my favorite fruit and I’ve been wanting to try a lassi forever. Thanks, Ali!
Oooooooo why is my face not stuck in the bottom of that glassssss?
How fun! Mango lassis are the best – and I have a ton of mangoes in the fridge too.
And I am totally missing Costa Rice. Jason and I went 3 yrs ago for our anniversary and we were both so amazed as to how fresh all the fruits were. And I felt like all the residents there were professional fruit cutters!
Mango Lassi’s are sooo good! I never thought to make one at home but I can totally do that! Maybe the next time I throw lentils or a tagine into my crockpot I will pick up some mangoes!
Oh yum! This mango lassi looks so tasty :) can’t wait to try this!