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.
Don’t be scared – 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.