As I always say, who doesn't love a good mango lassi? The sweet and tangy Indian yogurt-based drink was recently rated by CNN as one of the world's 50 most delicious drinks, so clearly I'm not the only one who thinks so! There's nothing better to beat the heat of India or to balance out the spice of an Indian meal. Here in Thailand, there seem to be infinite varieties of mangoes (known in Thai as mamuang). The oppressive April heat that we're currently undergoing does have some perks, including the beginning of the two-month mango season. There are glorious, ripe (and green) mangoes as far as the eye can see everywhere, which in our house find their way into mango lassis, shakes and smoothies on a regular basis.
The other night, Luis had a brilliant idea. Why not make an ice cream out of mango lassi? After he just fixed our ice cream maker which seemed to have taken a couple of dents during our move from Paris (yes, he's one of those Macgyver types...lucky me!), Luis put his idea into action. A delicious mango lassi, laced with the inimitable and luxurious taste of saffron, made into a creamy ice cream. It was pure bliss...quite possibly the best ice cream that I've ever had! Try it and you'll know exactly what I mean.
MANGO LASSI ICE CREAM
Note: Luis used super neutrose, which is a type of ice-cream emulsifier/stabilizer, in this recipe in order to get a really soft consistency. Feel free to use any type of emulsifier/stabilizer or none at all.
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon super neutrose or other ice cream emulsifier/stabilizer (optional)
1 cup of plain, low-fat yogurt
1 cup of ripe mango chunks (the riper, the better!)
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup low-fat milk
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
Pinch of salt
1. In a small bowl, mix the sugar and the super neutrose or your ice cream emulsifier/stabilizer of choice. Set aside.
2. Puree the remaining ingredients in a blender. When they are well mixed, add the sugar mixture and blend for another couple of minutes, until you get a smooth liquid.
3. Pour into an ice cream maker, churn and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.
For a mango lassi in its typical liquid form but with a little twist, check out my Mango Lemongrass Lassi!