If you like Indian food, probably you had the chance to try Mango Lassi drink, served in Indian restaurants across Europe. I have never been to India, so I can not say much whether the “European version” is close to the original one. What I know, it “calms” perfectly the Indian spicy dishes. Traditional Lassi is a blend of yoghurt, water, spices or fruits- if served in a sweet way.
I like the traditional mango lassi made out of yoghurt and water, with cardamom. Although time to time I still take a bit of natural yoghurt or kefir, I usually avoid dairy products as I do not tolerate lactose well. So I usually replace it with plant milk. And what most important, I add here fresh turmeric root, which make this lassi even more beneficial for your health! I have written already full post about benefits of eating turmeric. And here, little reminder why you should add turmeric to your diet:
- Strong anti-oxidant, prevent ageing , support our immunology system
- Anti-inflammatory support- It has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Fighting Cancer -It neutralizes those substances which can cause cancer; helps a cell retain its integrity, destroying existing tumours
- Cleans the blood and support the circulation system
- Support liver and helps in body detoxification
- Support digestion system: by increasing intestinal flora and generate healthy digestion
- Support the breathing system and lungs
- Prevents the neurological sicknesses : Alzheimer, multiply sclerosis
This version is delicious and can serve as your breakfast, post training smoothie or dessert- smooth, with beautiful colour, aromatic mango bliss!
- 2 ripe mangoes- peeled & chopped
- 2 cups of soya or coconut milk (I tried with both and with both it taste delicious, it just slightly change the taste due to different milk). You can also use plant based yoghurt- coconut, soya, etc.
- pinch of cardamom
- 2 cm of fresh turmeric roots (if you don’t have one, use 1/2 or 1 tea spoon of powdered turmeric -adjust according to your taste, as not everybody will like turmeric as much as I do)
- pinch of black pepper
- 1 spoon of flax seeds
- additionally: if you want to add more sweet, add some honey or coconut sugar. You can also add pinch of natural vanilla powder
If we want to fully benefit from turmeric, we need to remember that active ingredients of turmeric can be absorb only with fat. This is why, I added a spoon of flax seeds. Additionally, the active ingredient in turmeric- curcumin, combined with black pepper, becomes 2000 times stronger. Thus add pinch of black pepper.
Note: If you eat dairy products, you can use natural yoghurt ( 1 cup of yoghurt+ 1 cup of water)
- peel and chop mango
- put all the ingredients into your mixer bowl
- blend everything until smooth