This cold and refreshing Mango Lassi is made with Milk Kefir! Enjoy this sweet, probiotic-packed summer drink.
This will be the summer of the mango.
Because– after years of mangling mango after mango— I finally learned how to cut apart these tricky stone fruit. And now we will eat them constantly.
This mango lassi with kefir is a tasty twist on the classic Indian yogurt drink, and is an easy and healthy summer treat.
What is a Mango Lassi?
A lassi is an Indian yogurt drink that usually has fruit and/or spices blended in. And a mango lassi is (obviously), a mango and yogurt drink.
These creamy drinks can be served chilled, over ice, or with ice blended in. They’re cold and refreshing, and perfect for hot, humid summer days.
Is a Lassi a Smoothie?
Pretty much! You could even call this a Mango Lassi Smoothie.
What is Kefir?
Kefir (specifically, milk kefir) is a probiotic-packed milk drink. It’s basically a drinkable yogurt.
Where Can I Buy Milk Kefir?
At almost every single grocery store. It’ll be next to the milk. Look for the plain, unflavored milk kefir.
Milk kefir is also incredibly easy to make yourself. Learn how to make milk kefir.
Can I Make This Mango Lassi Vegan or Dairy-Free?
Yes! Swap the dairy milk kefir for coconut milk kefir, and use agave syrup instead of honey if you’re vegan.
How to Cut a Mango
For years and years, I’ve mangled mangos. Badly. So badly, that I usually wouldn’t eat the mango– I’d toss it outside into the bushes in frustration.
(I’m sure the deer enjoyed my sad attempts to cut mangos.)
Don’t be like me. Learn how to cut a mango.
- Step one: Know that there is a large, flat pit inside the mango.
- Then, hold your mango on end, place a chef’s knife just outside the center, and try to cut down. If you feel resistance, rotate the mango 90 degrees, and try again.
- Cut all the way down on each side of the pit, and then score the cut pieces into a grid with your knife. Slice the mango off the peel.
- Finally, trim any remaining mango off the pit.
Optionally, you can peel the mango with a y-shaped peeler before cutting, and then simply dice the cut fruit instead of scoring and cutting it off the peel.
Need more help? Check out this video and tutorial from Real Simple.
Can I use frozen mango pieces instead?
Of course you can.
You can also buy fresh mango, dice it, freeze it in a single layer on a baking sheet, and store it in an air-tight bag for later.
How to Make a Mango Lassi with Kefir
All you need are a few ingredients and a blender. Add a little heat with some cayenne (if you want), and drink this cool and creamy drink all summer long!
Want more KEFIR recipes? Try these:
Mango Lassi with Kefir
- 1 very ripe mango, cubed OR 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 ½ cups plain milk kefir OR coconut milk kefir
- 1 TB honey (optional, to taste)
- pinch cayenne powder (optional)
- 4 ice cubes (optional)
- Blend mango and kefir together.
- Taste, and sweeten to taste with honey if desired.
- If using fresh mango, blend ice cubes into for a colder drink. Alternatively, serve with whole ice cubes.
- Serve with a small pinch of cayenne (optional), and drink immediately.
- Leftovers / Make Ahead: Smoothies can be stored in the fridge and used within 2-3 days.
- For a thicker lassi, add a dollop of plain yogurt.
- For a thinner lassi, add a little more milk kefir.
- For a traditional lassi, use 1 cup of Greek yogurt + ½ cup milk instead of kefir.
- Don’t like heat? Add a pinch of ground cardamom instead of cayenne.
- Mango strawberry lassi: Use ½ cup mango + ½ cup strawberries instead of all mango.