One of the things I will eternally love about December is that it marks the commencement of my favorite fruit season: mango season. And by this poll, Mango season is definitely your favorite fruit season too! I think if there is one fruit I can live on for the rest of my life, it would be mango. I love this fruit, not only because of its ability to take up other flavors so well, but also because of it’s versatility. My sisters call me ‘mama maembe’ (mother of mangoes) because of my absolute love for this fruit. And quite frankly, I do not mind that moniker :DD
To kick off the mango season this time round, I have made an absolutely luxurious mango lassi with warmth of whole cardamom and a hint of sweet malt. As fully get into hot afternoons, clear skies and sunglasses weather, my mango and cardamom lassi is just perfect for every occasion and every mood!
PREP TIME: 5 MIN MAKE TIME: 20 MIN SERVES:2
1 large apple-mango
250 ml of plain yogurt
2 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of whole cardamom
1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoon of finely chopped mint
Mint leaves for garnish
3 tablespoons of Guinness stout
Wash your mango and peel it Slice it into small pieces. Set aside. Finely chop your must, grate your ginger and set all those aside too. Crush the cardamom pod and grind the black seed into a powder using a pestle and mortar.
In a blender, add the plain yogurt, followed by the mango, and the rest of the other ingredients.
For this lassi, we want a HINT of booziness (clear emphasis on hint). It is for that reason that we added 3 tablespoons of Guinness stout. Remember, with beer, depending on the other ingredients used in the recipe, it could either bring out it’s sweetness or it’s bitterness. For this sweet drink, the sweetness of the malt was really brought out. Do not add too much beer as it will overpower the taste of the other ingredients and greatly change the consistency. A few tablespoons is enough.
Blend until they are all combined. Do not blend it for too long since it will become much lighter. Just blend until they are just combined. Ensure you slice your mango as small as possible so that it does not blitz for too long.
Ladle this into your goblet and enjoy. The aroma that emanated from my blender was just so inviting and out of this world!!
When people talk about edible sunshine, this is definitely it! A truly mellow drink perfect for an outdoor picnic with friends, or a cozy indoor brunch. You can also have this together with your meals if you are looking to feeling really full. We are in the holidays so that should be the agenda anyway :DD. I would have my mango and cardamom lassi with my meatball tikka masala and chapati, since the sweetness of the lassi would temper the heat of the meatballs.
Mango and ginger are always a beautiful match. Always! The sweetness of Guinness stout is brought out in this lassi because of the fruit and the honey. The mint balances the sweetness out and the cardamom provides a pleasant aroma and gives it more character and depth. This is one drink you must have as often as possible this holiday season because it is simply worth it!
TGIF and Cheers to the weekend!
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