Mango Lassi Popsicles
What could be more satisfying than a Mango Lassi? How about homemade popsicles made with an ultra creamy mango lassi recipe. These little frozen lassis are just right for beating the summer heat!
On a sweltering summer evening in Hyderabad, India I walked out of a school compound and into a rickshaw. With my limited knowledge of Hindi, I asked the driver to take a friend and I to a nearby restaurant.
As we swerved in and out of buses–passing bikers, stray cows, and street venders–I tried to savor the moment of nightlife in India.
The air was thick and sultry. The buildings on either side of the road were strung with colorful paper garland, tinsel, and lights. I could hear the frantic sound of high pitched crooning over furious drum beats, drowning out the sounds of laughter and arguing in the the distance. I breathed in rich spices in the steamy air, wafting from a nearby market.
This was a beautiful moment.
I don’t remember what I ordered for dinner that night, but I remember the ride. I also remember the warm buttered naan, and that the Mango Lassi was exceptional.
If you ask my children what my favorite fruit is, they will tell you with resounding force that “Mommy loves mangoes.”
The creamy-smooth texture and the buttery-tart flavor sends me into a euphoric state.
Therefore there could be no better treat in my mind, than one that involves sweet ripe mangoes and the flavors of India that I’ve grown to love.
A Mango Lassi is just that: mangoes, yogurt, sugar, and a touch of spice. Most mango lassi recipes include a little ginger, cardamom or clove.
These homemade popsicles are the the essence of a mango lassi… on a stick!
When creating homemade popsicles, it’s essential to intensify the flavor, because the cold temperature desensitizes our taste buds. This mango lassi recipe is powerful. It’s extremely sweet, creamy and loaded with mangoes, so that the mango lassi flavor shines through when frozen. I covered the bottoms with chopped pistachios for a little salty contrast.
I’m quite pleased with my Mango Lassi Homemade Popsicles. If I close my eyes, they take me straight back to India.
Prep Time: 5 minutes active time
Mango Lassi Popsicles
Homemade Popsicles from a rich and sweet Mango Lassi Recipe.
1 1/3 cup THICK Greek Yogurt
11.3 oz. can Mango Nectar Concentrate
1 ripe mango, peeled and chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1 Tb. crystallized ginger, chopped
1/2 cup chopped pistachios
Pour the all ingredients, minus the pistachios, into a blender. Cover and blend until mostly smooth.
Pour into 12 - 3 oz. popsicle molds, or small paper cups.
Freeze for one hour. Then push a popsicle stick into the center of each pop, sprinkle with pistachios, and press gently.
Place back in the freezer until solid.
To loosen, place the mold up-side-down under warm running tap water.
More Flavors of India:
Butter Chicken ~ Closet Cooking
Chapatis ~ Savvy Vegetarian
Hyderabad Biryani ~ Collaborative Curry