This is definitely not an Italian recipe!! Lassi is a yogurt based Indian drink that can be savory or, like in this case, sweet. I had never drunk lassi before meeting my husband; actually I have to admit that I knew very little about Indian food before. He introduced me to many new ingredients and dishes and I am slowly learning how to cook Indian food as well. The best lassi I have ever drunk was in a small local shop in Mahim, Mumbai, where my husband used to go to when he lived there. It was a simple white lassi, thick, sweet and refreshing. I still long for it!!! This recipe is very simple and I make it often, especially in summer. My 2 little girls love it so much that they finish their share even before I fill the remaining glasses!
Ingredients for 4 persons:
1 cup yogurt
1/3 to 1/2 cup water (depending on how thick you like it)
1/2 cup mango pulp (better if you find the Alphonso quality – you should easily find this tinned at your local Indian store)
3 or 4 tbsp sugar
½ tsp either cardamom powder or grated nutmeg
Slivered almonds to decorate
Put the yogurt, water, mango pulp, sugar and either cardamom powder or grated nutmeg in a mixer and mix for 1 or 2 minutes, until all the ingredients are well combined.
Pour in 4 glasses and decorate with some slivered almonds. Drink cold (you can also add ice cubes to it).