Indian food is my jam.
As evidenced by the fact I’m apparently unable to post about anything else lately.
Someone mentioned a mango lassi the other day and it has popped up everywhere since then. Long ago I made a Savory Protein Lassi, but this time I (for once) decided to go the traditional route and make a mango version.
At least the idea of it was traditional… I have serious doubts that you’d find a “real” lassi with spinach and protein powder.
Who needs real when you can have a protein version? This shake was a refreshing post-workout refuel treat. With spring temperatures here, I’m loving the return of smoothies. And smoothie bowls.
I add a little more ice to keep it thick. There’s just something about eating them with a spoon that makes a protein smoothie that much more satisfying.
The coconut extract and coriander enhance the sweet mango. Greek yogurt adds a creaminess, but if you don’t do dairy you can leave it out or use tofu or avocado to add to the cream-factor.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with coriander, it’s a subtle flavor that is warm and a bit nutty with a slight hint of citrus. Coriander brightens and deepens flavors, but in a gentle way where most people wouldn’t be able to pick it out. It rarely overpowers or detracts from other ingredients. Rather, it only adds. It’s good in sweet and savory dishes (I also used it in my Cauliflower & Eggplant Curry).
Mango Protein Lassi
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 champagne mango (~1/2 C)
- 1/2 in piece fresh ginger
- 1/2 C Greek yogurt
- 1/2 C spinach (optional)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp coconut extract
- 1/8 tsp ground coriander
- Stevia or other sweetener, to taste
- Optional: 1/8 tsp of each Xanthan and Guar Gums (to thicken)
- Ice + water, to taste
Place everything in a high-speed blender (I used my Vitamix) and blend until smooth(ie).
Enjoy by the spoonful.
I’m stopping with the Indian for a bit (I think). My sister is coming back to the States and Cinco de
Drinko Mayo is coming. I’m feeling like a fiesta!!!
Have you ever used coriander before? It’s great in baked goods too!
Is it warm yet where you are? It’s warmer in ATL… but raining. Obv.