Its so hot in Hyderabad, that i wont even make a joke of it. and the one thing that makes the summer a little bearable is Mangoes. Alas, this time around, with some unseasonal rains in december last year, the mango crop has been dismal. which automatically translates into a dissappointing supply in the market, and what’s available isnt very good either. the fruit are harvested when still green and then ripened. ofcourse the best way to do this would be to allow the fruit to naturally ripen on the tree, or at least not take the aid of chemicals. reality and market conditions are contrary to this and we have had a plethora of patchy, sour mangoes this far.
I usually wait till the “good ones” start coming into the markets, but it was difficult to exercise patience, especially with the heat reminding us it was summer at its worst / best. Was very unhappy that they were unripe and sour. With the heat being what it is, a chilled yogurt based drink with loads of ice is just right. keeps you hydrated and is a great way to start the day especially if you dont feel like a warm / hot breakfast. K and i usually down a lot of buttermilk and lassi during the hotter parts of the year. one favourite is the rooh afza lassi and ofcourse, who can refuse a mango lassi? its ok to use a less than very ripe fruit in this, the sugar more than makes up for it. i used honey to make it a tad healthier. try it, you will love it.
Mango Lassi (makes 2 beer glasses full)
2 cups natural unsweetened yogurt (i used home made)
2 cups skinned and cubed mango peices
sugar / honey to taste (i used 3 Tablespoons)
1/2 – 1 cup water
2 cups of ice cubes crushed
how to make the lassi: put all the ingredients except the ice cubes in a blender jar and whizz for a few minutes using short pulses till everything is incorporated. this will result in a rather thick liquid. use a few tablespoons of water to get the desired consistency. it should be a tad thinner than condensed milk. check for sweetness and adjust. divide the crushed ice between two talol glasses, pour over the ice and serve.