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Mango Lassis

My daughter is now 10 and loves to create her own smoothies, or “lassis” as they’re called in India. Using the immersion blender, she whizzes up all kinds of fruits and yogurt and ice and juices. I keep plain yogurt in the fridge for just this reason. She might find some frozen berries to add to it, or even squeeze a lemon into her “potions,” as she calls them. I love that she’s experimenting in the kitchen (safely) and making herself a healthy snack.


Mango lassis are a classic in India. The sweet frozen mango pulp paired with the tart, creamy yogurt is so delicious. You might even add a little cardamom or cinnamon to these blended, fruity drinks. Encourage your kids to try making a “lassi” or smoothie with a little help. It’s a great way for them to build confidence in the kitchen.

5 mins

SERVES 2

INGREDIENTS

1 cup mango pulp (fresh, canned, or frozen)

1 cup plain yogurt

1⁄2 cup milk or cold water, to thin out the lassi

1-2 tablespoons sugar or adjust to taste

1⁄4 teaspoon cardamom powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Combine mango and yogurt and blend until smooth. (You can use either an immersion blender or a blender to make this.)

Add a little milk or water to thin to desired consistency and add a bit of sugar and or cardamom to taste.

Blend until well combined.

COOKING TOGETHER

KIDS CAN:

  • Blend up the lassi
  • Try new fruits and flavors

GROWN-UPS CAN:

  • Encourage the experimentation and be willing taste testers! Model open mindedness when trying new flavor combinations that your child creates. (Go ahead, take a sip!)
A photo of Cheryl.

Cheryl Knecht Muñoz

Cheryl is the Founder and Owner of Sugar Beet Schoolhouse, a cooking school for kids and their families in River Forest, IL. As a chef, instructor, and working mom, she is passionate about growing, cooking, and sharing good food together.

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