Mangoes are one of my all time favourite fruit. It was a different experience to eating one in London. In India the mangoes are only available seasonally and I used to get so excited when the season was near. I would keep asking mum and my siblings “when will we have mangoes” and I was told be patient. Patience isn’t one of my strongest attribute so I used to drive my mum and brother up the wall . As as soon as the mangoes were available he would get some.
As we didn’t have a fridge/freezer, My brother would get the mangoes fresh every morning and put them in very cold water from the hand water pump.
After few hours in the cold water the mangoes were ready to eat and we would all sit together as family to eat them. Most of us liked to suck the mangoes instead of cutting it and the juice flowing down our elbows . It was just an amazing feeling and the smell and taste of mangoes were amazing.
The very ripe mangoes used to kept to make mango pulp for the Lassi.
Mangoes are available in the Uk but by the time they get here its never the same. I have got used to eating Mangoes in London. I cant wait to go India and Pakistan and relive the memories of my childhood.
My favorite are Pakistani Chunsa and Indian Kessar. They are usually available in indian grocers. I get mine from tooting.
I try to use fresh mangoes for the pulp whenever I can. In UK its not always easy to source fresh mangoes so Canned pulp can also be used but it does contain a lot of sugar. If you watching your sugar content than its best to use fresh mangoes or experiment with pinch of salt or Honey.
Lassi is usually consumed during or after a meal and is claimed to aid digestion and cool down the body in heat.
It is essential to use yogurt with Live cultures to get the full benefits.
- 250 Grams Mango Pulp or very ripe sweet mangoes . Mango pulp is widely sold in Indian grocers and most super markets
- 250 Grams Organic Greek Yogurt
- 500 Ml Whole Milk ( can use pasteurised or vegan alternative)
- Ice (optional)
Put all the ingredients in a blender and whizz
Enjoy with a big smile on your face.