Sunday, June 8, 2014

Mango Lassi from Laos

I know you are thinking mango lassis are from India.  Well they are and they aren't.  They're also from all over South East Asia.  The reason why I'm crediting them to Laos is I think they might have perfected them.  Besides the old temples, Mekong River and Buddhist monks walking everywhere, the thing I remember most about my holiday in Luang Prabang in Laos is the mango lassis.  They were sold everywhere, restaurants and street food stalls.  Wherever you looked there they were.  And without exception they were all delicious and very refreshing.  They are incredibly easy to make.
1 mango peeled, pitted and cut into cubes
1 cup plain yoghurt
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 milk or water
Put all the ingredients in your food processor and blend until you have a thick liquid.  Pour into a glass filled with ice-blocks or crushed ice.  If you have fresh mint you can use a few leaves as a garnish.  Take a sip, close your eyes and you'll see the old temples in Luang Prabang.
Cindy Vine is a South African currently living and working in Kyiv in Ukraine. She is the author of Hush Baby, Defective, C U @ 8, Not Telling and The Case of Billy B. All her books are available on Amazon in both print and Kindle format.

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