Throughout India, creamy, chilled lassis are the go-to beverage for cooling off during the warmer months. To make them, milk or water-thinned yogurt is blended with ingredients such as strawberries or—as in this recipe—ripe mangoes, resulting in a refreshing drink that's as thick as a milkshake. This recipe first appeared in the tablet edition of our August/September 2014 special India issue.
- 2 cups plain, full-fat yogurt
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1⁄2 cup whole milk
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1" pieces, plus more for garnish
- Vanilla ice cream or heavy cream, for topping (optional)
Purée yogurt, ice, milk, sugar, vanilla, and mangoes in a blender until smooth. Pour into glasses and top with 1–2 tbsp. ice cream or heavy cream if you like; garnish with additional mango.