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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