About two or three years ago, Scott and I tried Indian food for the first time, I think ever. He had a coworker that was from India and gave us restaurant and menu recommendations. We fell in love with Indian food immediately! We’ve recreated a couple of our favorite dishes which we make fairly regularly. Our kids are learning to like it too, some more than others. A couple of them love it, but that’s how a lot of meals are; pleasing seven people, five of which are children, is not an easy thing to do. Many times we’ll serve the dish with Mango Lassi, an Indian smoothie that our children love! It’s a milk and yogurt based smoothie; so this smoothie also helps turn down the heat if you’ve made a dish that’s a bit spicy :). Not that I’ve ever done that.
We make this smoothie when we get Indian take-out as well, about every other month, because sometimes, even though you ask for medium heat, the chef goes overboard and you get something pretty hot, but this smoothie will save the day because it’s milk based and that really helps cool things down.
All you need for this recipe is milk, any kind, though I like unsweetened almond, plain greek yogurt(I love the Fage brand; it’s so thick and creamy), frozen mangos, or fresh with a cup of ice, and a little honey and vanilla.
Put your milk and yogurt in your blender, add everything else and blend until smooth. It’ll be a bit frothy and oh so yummy!
I took the picture below during one of our in-home date nights when we got Indian; we do a lot of in-home date nights since we don’t have a child quite old enough to babysit and babysitters around here are busy! Scott’s eating Butter Chicken and I’m eating Paneer Tikka Masala, with our Mango Lassi we blended up. We could have bought it from the restaurant, and we have before, but I’m pretty sure they sweeten theirs with sugar, and it’s expensive, and this is not and we always have the ingredients on hand so it’s fast and easy. Enjoy!
1 c milk (I like almond, but you can use whatever)
1 c plain greek yogurt
2 c frozen mango chunks
1 Tbsp honey (or agave)
1 tsp vanilla
Combine in blender and blend until smooth. Will be a little frothy. Serve immediately. Serves 2-3.