I used to say that ” I don’t like mangoes”, but now I think that statement might be wrong. For one thing I used to like them when I was very little. I don’t remember that and people’s tastes can change over time. With my first memory of eating a mango, I didn’t like it that much because of the aftertaste.
Whenever we went to Haandi’s (Indian Buffet/Restaurant) I would always have Mango Ice Cream for dessert. It seems weird that I would like Mango Ice Cream but hate mangoes. To me, its not as weird as it would seem because the ice cream is flavoured.
Another mango dish I’ve had at Haandi’s is their Mango Chutney, although not as often as the ice cream. I’ve tried the chutney way more recently than I tried the ice cream. Now we have Mango Chutney from a jar in our house and I like using it as a dipping sauce for my meats.
My family first decided to try Mango Lassi when they saw some people drinking it in a Chinese restaurant. The Mango Lassi tastes similar to Mango Juice, just a bit thicker. It was very refreshing and I don’t recall a considerably bad aftertaste. I’ve also had Mango Juice at The Real Jerk and I liked it much as the Lassi.
It was starting to become obvious that I DO like mangoes so I decided to try the real fruit. The texture was fine and I enjoyed the flavour including the aftertaste. I think it may have been CANTALOUPE that I don’t like.
Another fruit I do not like is oranges because of the pulp texture that makes me gag (literally). But I like the juice (pulp-free of course).
Mango Lassi Recipe
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup chopped mango (peeled and stone removed)
- 4 teaspoons sugar, to taste
- A dash of ground cardamom (optional)
Put mango, yogurt, milk, sugar and cardamom into a blender and blend for 2 minutes, then pour into individual glasses, and serve. Can sprinkle with a little cardamom.
The lassi can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
Yield: Makes about 2 cups.