Just wait until you taste my mango lassi

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Tested 7 recipes

until I found the one

About ten years ago, I had the most delicious, satisfying, mango lassi at a popular Indian restaurant in downtown Toronto. I was amazed at how smooth and rich it tasted. It was the perfect way to end a spicy meal.
Ever since, on occasion, I tried to make my own homemade version. They were so-so (ok, they sucked). The mango was stringy and I couldn't seem to get the right combination of sweetness to tartness figured out.
So, I thought I'd test out some mango lassi recipes from the experts.[1][2][3][4][5][6] And surprisingly enough, the simplest one (with the least ingredients) was the home favorite.
I adapted my recipe from the video shown next. Instead of sugar, however, I use Canadian maple syrup (Grade A Light Amber). The other thing I like to do is omit water but use crushed ice instead. If you like your mango lassi to be thinner, by all means, add water (or milk).

How to Make a Mango Lassi

by Maya Kaimal, cookbook author

Fast & Smooth Mango Lassi

Makes: 30 oz. | Total: 5 - 7 mins

2 cups plain yogurt (I use Astro Original Balkan Style)
1/2 cup Mango Pulp (preferably Alphonso mango pulp)
1 - 1.5 tbsp. Canadian Maple Syrup Grade A Light Amber (or highest grade) OR 2 tbsp. sugar
1 - 2 cups of ice cubes (or 1 cup of water)
Optional garnish: sprinkle of cardamom or sprigs of mint
Crush about a cup or so of ice cubes in your blender, then add the yogurt, mango pulp (I use the Ratna brand of Alphonso Mango Pulp), and maple syrup. Mix until smooth and pour into glasses. Sprinkle with cardamom or add a sprig of mint, if desired. Tell yourself you are fabulous & enjoy!

Key Points

1) I bolded the word "pulp" in my recipe since it seems to make all the difference. Sure, you can make your own mango pulp (I show a video next how to do that). But I'm far too lazy to put in that kind of effort.

2) I've searched out a few recipes over the years that call for mango pulp and the Ratna brand of Alphonso Mango Pulp (Sweetened) seems to be the most recommended.[7][8][9][10]

3) Crushing the ice cubes first maintains a smooth consistency - but I shy away from any recipe that requires freshly cut or canned mango slices. You really need the pulp to make it smooth.

For those of you not "worn out" like me

This lady shows you how to pulp mango:

Think a blender would do the job?

Nah, it doesn't - and I own a kick ass blender too. In this next video, Nisha Madhulika demonstrates the blender method.

At first I thought, I could handle it. But just scroll over to the 3:33 point and she states, "The pulp is ready. Now filter out the fibers."

Blah, too much work. (Although for those who try this method, I'm sure the results are fabulous).

How To Make Mango Pulp (5:16)

by Nisha Madhulika

KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender with Polycarbonate Jar

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KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender with Polycarbonate Jar

I have this exact blender in Metallic Chrome

KitchenAid KSB560MC 5-Speed Blender with Polycarbonate Jar, Metallic Chrome
Amazon Price: $159.99 Buy Now
(price as of May 13, 2016)
What I love about this blender is the ice crushing mode and it's built like a tank. The shatter-resistant BPA-free pitcher can hold up to 56 oz. (that's 7 cups worth). It has a decent-sized, soft-grip handle that makes pouring mess-free. Parts are dishwasher-safe and it's backed by a 1-year hassle-free replacement warranty. Since it's available in numerous colours now, I just had to show it in "Tangerine" as one of my intro photos.

Popular Mechanics compared 5 blenders

This video saved me a few hundred dollars:

Glass straws for smoothies?

Better for you, the environment, and our wildlife

I'm seeing people using glass more and more for their drinks and smoothies (even for coffee). Not only is glass more hygienic and better for the environment, drinks just seem to taste better in them.

Recently, I discovered glass straws. No, they don't break easily - they are made of borosilicate glass, which is exceptionally strong and will not shatter.[12] (If it does get broken - which is hard to do - it only chips).

Upon further research, I was shocked to discover these facts:

1) Every day in the US, over 500 million disposable straws are used (and tossed away). This is the equivalent of filling 127 school buses with straws every day.[11]

2) Plastic drinking straws cannot be recycled. The process (and heat) used to adequately clean them causes toxins to be released into the environment.[11]

3) I know many zoos and parks ban drinking straws since they are dangerous to wildlife (mostly a choking hazard).

4) Where do all these plastic straws go? You guessed it, they end up in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (endangering marine life).[13]

Glass Dharma 12mm Glass Drinking Straw

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Glass Dharma 12mm Beautiful Bends Glass Drinking Straw

(1) Beautiful Bends Bent Glass Drinking Straw-- 12mm x 9"
Amazon Price: $10.50 $9.90 Buy Now
(price as of May 13, 2016)
For smoothies, you'll want the 12 mm diameter sized straws (which is actually 7.6mm inside). These cold and heat-resistant straws are made of borosilicate glass, are eco-friendly, and will not leach toxins into foods. What's more, they are guaranteed for life by the manufacturer. Comes with a handy brush to help with cleaning (I just wash and rinse them immediately after use and let them air dry).

Ratna Alphonso Mango Pulp (Sweetened)

Ratna Alphonso Mango Pulp (Sweetened) RoseWrites 2014-05-03 5.0 0 5

Ratna Alphonso Mango Pulp (Sweetened)

Ratna Alphonso Mango Pulp
Amazon Price: $35.96 Buy Now
(price as of May 13, 2016)
Sometimes I am able to find this brand of Alphonso mango pulp in the international food aisle at grocery stores. I'm sure Indian grocery stores will have it on hand. On Amazon, it's also available in a 6-pack. Ingredients: Golden Indian Alphonso mangoes, sugar syrup and citric acid. One 30 oz. can is enough to make my recipe (at least) 7 times - since you only need 1/2 a cup of mango pulp to make three 10 oz. glasses of mango lassi.