This Easy Mango Lassi Recipe with the addition of passion fruit juice is a perfect way to cool down on hot summer days and also the best refreshing beverage to serve alongside spicy curry dishes.
Ever since we arrived in Southeast Asia some 10 months ago I wanted to share a recipe with one of my favorite fruit flavor combinations of all time – mango and passion fruit! But somehow the right idea just wouldn’t come to me.
I’ve been on such a green/vegetable smoothie kick, that sharing an all fruit smoothie just didn’t feel right until I had a mango lassi at an Indian restaurant here in Hoi An, Vietnam. And right away I knew that I could make it so much more awesome by adding passion fruit.
The sweet and tart passion fruit juice just perfectly enhances everything that is great about a mango lassi. The fruity sweetness of the mango and the hint of tartness from the yogurt + the blended up passion fruit seeds add a fantastic crunchy texture that I can’t get enough of.
Oh and yeah, I’ve learnt how to make animated GIFs. I know, I know… I am like 10 years behind the game.
But I just had to! When I saw all the awesome images I had from trying to get a perfect pour shot of this glorious Mango Passion Lassi. So now you get to see a bunch of pour shots all in one 🙂
Also, I added flowers to my setup! My friend Lorena (and her stunning food photos) inspired me to make use of the gorgeous flowers that are growing around our house here as a food prop.
What would complement a tropical fruit beverage better than some tropical frangipani flowers?!
They are my absolute favorite!! I love how the blossoms look so pure and gentle with an understated elegance.
And they smell amazing! Every time the frangipani fragrance hits my nostrils, it stops me right in my tracks and I have to look around to find the tree, and take a moment to take in their beauty.
While this might sound like an empty cliche to some, taking time to slow down has become really important to me. Our location independent lifestyle is by definition and choice one with little stress. But still, by nature I tend to get hyper focused on always the next task ahead.
It’s like having blinders for the present and all its precious moments. And with a quickly growing toddler there are many, many of these that just pass by too quickly. So for now I am letting the smell of flowers remind me to practice gratitude, to be there, and to fully enjoy the beauty of simple things.
This frangipani love isn’t by any means a new development. In case you hadn’t noticed yet, frangipani are in my logo and even my blog name. “Leelalicious” is a fun compound word I came up with years ago.
The first part leela is borrowed from leelawadee, the Thai name for frangipani flowers. And since this is a food blog, I merged it with delicious. There you have it, a little naming history lesson.
Now go out and get the ripest + sweetest mango you can find. Frozen mango chunks work too, just add a little ripe banana if the mango isn’t the sweetest. And then find passion fruit.
I know it may not be as easy as it is for me here in Vietnam, but I remember even my grocery store in the frozen tundra of Canada carried passion fruit from time to time. Sometimes they were the orange skinned sweet granadilla instead of the purple pictured here. Either will work just fine. Alright, so here is how to make mango lassi with passion fruit:
- cubed flesh of 1 mango (about 180 g)*
- ½ - 1 ripe banana (omit if mango is very ripe and sweet)
- 1 passion fruit, juice and seeds
- 1 cup plain yogurt (full-fat)
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Add mango, banana (if using), passion fruit seeds and yogurt to your blender and blend until smooth.
- Now add the ice and continue blending into an icy smooth mango lassi. Enjoy cold.
Serve this Easy Mango Passion Fruit Lassi to cool down on hot days or as a cooling beverage with spicy curry dishes like this Thai Yellow Curry, this Chicken Chickpea Curry, or even this Cauliflower Ground Beef Curry.
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