Fruity Indian Yogurt “Lassi”
Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills
- measure :
to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).
- purée :
to blend, grind, or mash food until it is thick, smooth, and closer to a liquid.
- slice :
to cut into thin pieces using a sawing motion with your knife.
- Cutting board
- Blender (or pitcher + immersion blender)
- Measuring spoons
- Liquid measuring cup
Fruity Indian Yogurt “Lassi”
- 2 fresh ripe mangoes (or 1 C frozen mango chunks) **(for MANGO ALLERGY sub pineapple chunks)**
- 3 T honey
- 2 C plain yogurt **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free plain yogurt or coconut milk/cream)**
- 1/4 C ice
- 1/4 C cold water
Food Allergen Substitutions
Fruity Indian Yogurt “Lassi”
- Mango: Substitute pineapple chunks for mango in Lassi.
- Dairy: Substitute dairy-free/nut-free yogurt or coconut milk/cream for plain yogurt in Lassi.
Fruity Indian Yogurt “Lassi”
slice + measure
Slice 2 mangoes on both sides of the center pit, then score the flesh, pop out the chunks of mango, and slice them away from the skin (a job for adults!). Add mango to a blender. Measure and add 3 tablespoons honey, 2 cups yogurt, 1/4 cup ice, and 1/4 cup cold water to the blender.
purée + pour
Purée until the lassi is very smooth! Add more water bit by bit until the lassi is thin enough to pour. Divide into cups and enjoy!
Hi! I’m Mango!
"Namaste! I'm a mango and a native of India. Did you know that the Indian people revere me! I'm a symbol of love and prosperity and have even had poems written about me! Usually, you don't expect a fruit to be a staple, but in India, they add me to every type of dish, including drinks, like lassi. So if someone shares a mango with you, not only do they want you to enjoy a delicious fruit, they also want to be your friend!"
- Mangoes were cultivated in India over 5,000 years ago! They are the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines, and the mango tree is the national tree of Bangladesh.
- Mangoes have been grown in South Asia for thousands of years and reached Southeast Asia between the 5th and 4th centuries BCE. They were introduced to the world by Buddhist monks in the 5th Century BCE!
- Mango seeds made their way to other parts of the world with people from Asia around 300 or 400 CE.
- Almost half of the world's mangoes are cultivated in India, and China is the second-highest producer.
- Mangoes sold in the United States mostly come from Mexico and other Central and South American countries.
- There are over 500 hundred varieties of mangoes, and possibly 1,000! The majority of mango species exist as wild mangoes.
- In India, mangoes are considered sacred, and giving a basket of mangoes is a gesture of friendship.
Anatomy & Etymology
- A mango tree can grow taller than 100 feet! Plus, it can give fruit for up to 50 years!
- The leaves of a mango tree start out pink, but when it matures, the leaves reach a deep, evergreen color.
- Mango fruit can take three to five months to grow and ripen, usually during summer. However, newer commercial growing methods now allow plants to flower and produce fruit year-round.
- The mango is an oblong stone fruit with thick, fibrous skin and juicy, soft flesh. Its shape inspired the paisley print!
- The word "mango" came from the Portuguese, "manga," from the Malay "mangga," and possibly from the Tamil "mankani" (MAN-kanee).
How to Pick, Buy, & Eat
- You can begin harvesting mango fruit when it has been about three to four months after the plant has stopped flowering. When the fruit starts growing, they will be dark green. The skin color will change as they ripen and begin to soften. If you see that mangoes have started to fall on the ground, it's time, and possibly past time, to start picking them.
- Mangoes taste best when they get closer to ripeness on the tree, although they are often picked when green and then ripen in the store or on the kitchen counter.
- When choosing a mango, color is less important than feel. Gently squeeze the mango, and if it gives a little, it is ready to use. Also, if there is a fruity scent at a stem end, it's most likely ripe.
- Mangoes are usually eaten when ripe; however, unripe, green mangoes are also beloved and eaten widely in chutneys, pickles, side dishes, and even raw with salt and chili powder.
- Mangoes have natural tenderizing properties, making them a perfect ingredient for marinades.
- Mangoes are super versatile! Try them in smoothies, salads, salsas, chutneys, cheesecake, or just plain as a tasty and refreshing snack. There's even such a thing as Mango Eggnog!
- Vitamin C! Mango boasts an impressive amount of vitamin C. Just one cup of raw mango contains 100 percent of our daily value! Vitamin C protects the smallest living things in the body—our cells—from harmful chemicals. It also strengthens our immune system to help keep us from getting sick and aids in our healing when we are injured or come down with a cold.
- Folate! Mango contains 20 percent of the daily value of folate our bodies need to divide cells in half. This process helps you to grow!
- The yellow-orange pigment of a ripe mango is due to its beta-carotene content. Beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant in the body to rid extra free radicals and protect cells from oxidative stress. Beta-carotene turns into vitamin A, which protects the eyes!
How to Peel a Mango
- Mangoes are usually peeled before eating, but not always! They also have a thin, flat, oblong-shaped pit that can be challenging to remove the first time you try. The pit is the hard seed inside the mango that runs directly below the stem.
- To cut around the pit, find the stem of the mango, move the knife to one side of it, and slice down the mango lengthwise. Then, do the same thing on the other side of the stem.
- Next, to cut out the delicious mango flesh, hold one side of the mango in the palm of your hand, skin-side down. Using a sharp knife, score the flesh in one direction, then the opposite direction. Bend the mango so that the cubes you've scored "pop" up. Use your knife to carefully slice off each of these cubes close to the mango peel.
- Finally, you can either pop the cubes into your mouth, or add them to a sweet or savory dish!
What is a Lassi?
- A Lassi (LAH-see) is a traditional yogurt-based drink that originated in India. Yogurt is blended with seasonal fruit and sometimes cumin, cardamom, salt, or even pepper!
- Lassis are perfectly refreshing and help beat the heat of hot Indian summers.
Let's Learn About India!
- India is a country in South Asia and is officially called the Republic of India. It is the second-most populous country in the world and has the largest population of any democratic nation.
- Hindi and English are official languages, and there are 447 native languages spoken in India.
- India's government includes a president, prime minister, and parliament. Twenty-eight states and eight union territories make up India's federal union.
- India's currency is the Indian "rupee." It is illegal for foreigners to take rupees out of India.
- Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned the Taj Mahal's construction in 1632 for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
- The anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday is celebrated on October 2. He is considered India's "Father of the Nation" and led the Indian people to independence from 89 years of British rule in 1947. Gandhi's peaceful protest movement inspired many people in other countries.
- India's national symbols are the lotus flower, the Bengal tiger, and the peacock.
- Some of the world's highest mountains are in India, including Kanchenjunga, the third tallest at 28,169 feet.
- The Bay of Bengal is a huge bay bordering the southeastern part of India and is home to the world's largest mangrove forest. Here, tigers swim in the same waters as dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and saltwater crocodiles.
- The snow leopard, the Indian rhinoceros, the Bengal tiger, and the Asian elephant are all animals of India. Globally, it is the only country that has both lions and tigers.
- The most popular sport in India is cricket!
- It is hot in India, so people there often wear loose clothes. Traditional clothing differs by area in India. Women may wear saris, long pieces of colorful cotton or silk draped over and around the body like a dress. Men may wear a dhoti, made of material wrapped around the hips and pulled through the legs, somewhat resembling loose pants, although they aren't seen in cities much anymore. Photos of Gandhi show him wearing dhotis.
- Seventy percent of the world's spices come from India.
- Staple foods in India include lentils, rice, bread, and spices. People living on the coast eat more fish and seafood. In other regions, they eat chicken, beef, and game meats. Many people throughout India are vegetarians. Common fruits and vegetables are mangoes, apples, oranges, pineapples, bananas, onions, okra, potatoes, spinach, and carrots.
- Curries are popular dishes in India and are made with a variety of vegetables, fish, meat, and fruits, and spices.
- When people greet each other in India, as a sign of respect, they bow, placing their hands together before their chest or face, and say "Namaste," which translates to "I bow to the divine in you."
What's It Like to Be a Kid in India?
- Indian parents are encouraged to start their kids in preschool at 2½ to 3 years old. School is usually taught in a particular state's language, which could be Hindi, English, or another language.
- Kids often have their grandparents living with them in the family household.
- Along with cricket, tennis, badminton, and chess, kids may play traditional Indian games like kabaddi or kho-kho, both played by teams, or kancha, a marble game played individually or with others.
- Kids enjoy the Holi festival, which is a religious celebration that also heralds the arrival of spring. Celebrated in various ways throughout the country, most versions include the joyous spraying and throwing of colorful powders by festival participants at one another.