Mango Lassi Ice Lollies

Over the last few weeks I’ve been gorging myself on delicious Kesar mangoes from India. Alphonso mangoes aren’t very good this year, their flavour not as sweet and their scent not as perfumed as usual but the Kesar ones have been superbly delicious. I’ve bought box after box from my local Asian grocery store, shared with family and friends or eaten at home with sleeves rolled up and an apron protecting my clothes.

The last box I picked up wasn’t ready to eat when I bought it so I had to wait, impatiently, for the fruits to ripen. When they did, they did so fast and it wasn’t long before they continued on from perfectly ripe to starting to rot. I quickly cut open the last four mangoes, slicing and scooping all the flesh out of them before they turned. That left me with 700 grams of top quality mango flesh in the fridge.

I thought about freezing the mango flesh in small portions to throw straight from the freezer into smoothies or instant sorbets.

But my thoughts went back to a family barbeque we recently enjoyed with family friends – three generations of our two families contentedly sharing an afternoon around the barbeque, watching my nephew put his recently-discovered walking skills into practice for hour after happy hour. I took a big box of ripe kesar mangoes, my mum took several bottles of home made lassi.

Lassi, for those who aren’t familiar with it, is a popular Indian drink made from natural yoghurt and water. It can be made sweet or salty, the former often enhanced with rosewater or kewra essence, the latter with spices such as cumin. More recently it’s become common to add fruit, with mango lassi becoming increasingly popular both in India and worldwide.

I’m not the first to translate mango lassi into ice lolly form – it’s such a natural progression, especially during the hot summer months and it’s also a great way to enjoy top quality mangoes beyond the all-too-brief mango season.

Mango Lassi Ice Lollies on Kavey Eats (titled 1)

For my mango lassi ice lollies I debated whether or not to blend the mango flesh into the yoghurt but decided to keep the two separate, so that some bites are sweet and heady with mango, while others are refreshingly tart from the yoghurt.

If you prefer, you can blend mango and yoghurt together for an all-in-one style ice lolly.

 

Mango Lassi Ice Lollies

Delicious mango and natural yoghurt ice pops

Makes approximately 8 ice lollies depending on the capacity of your moulds

Ingredients
700 grams fresh mango flesh
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 medium lime, juiced)
(Optional) sugar to sweeten the mango, to taste
500 grams thick full-fat natural yoghurt
(Optional) sugar to sweeten the yoghurt, to taste

Note: As my mangoes were very sweet, I didn’t add any sugar but if yours aren’t sweet enough, add sugar while blending, to taste.
Note: Likewise, my natural yoghurt was very tart, so I mixed 50 grams of sugar into it – just enough to soften the tartness without eliminating it.

You will also need lolly moulds and lolly sticks. I use disposable plastic cups as moulds, and traditional lolly sticks (easily purchased online).

Method

  • In a blender, combine the mango flesh and lime juice and blend until smooth. If you are adding sugar, add a little at a time, blend thoroughly and taste again before adding more if needed.
  • If adding sugar to the yoghurt, fold it in by hand or your yoghurt will lose its naturally thick texture.
  • Assemble your lolly moulds – as you can see I use disposable plastic cups.
  • Spoon in dollops of the mango mixture and the yoghurt in turn, swirl with a lolly stick to mix if needed.
  • Insert a lolly stick into each mould. If using cups rather than custom-designed ice lolly moulds, you may need to use elastic bands or masking tape to hold the stick upright – mine stayed upright on their own as the mango and yoghurt mixtures were both quite thick.
  • Freeze upright for 24 hours.
  • Once frozen, unmould individual lollies by dipping each mould into a bowl of hot water for a few seconds before pulling the ice lolly gently out.

I used my Froothie Optimum power blender to blend my mango into a super smooth smooth pulp, much as I use it to make smoothies. The powerful motor can also blend solid frozen fruit straight from the freezer to make an instant sorbet. I’ve also made several delicious soups in it as well as custard-based ice creams – it’s a great no-fuss way to make custard from scratch. Fruit curds are also a doddle.

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This is my entry for this month’s Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream challenge, open to all bloggers around the world – if you blog an ice cream, sorbet, ice lolly (or pop), shaved ice or gelato recipe this month, do join in!

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Mango Lassi Ice Lollies on Kavey Eats (tallpin)

If you’re a fan of fresh fruit lollies, you may also like my roasted banana ice lollies and my eton mess strawberry cream and meringue ice lollies.

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23 Comments to "Mango Lassi Ice Lollies"

  1. Jo of Jo's Kitchen

    These look delicious Kavey. I am so gald you were able to put your favourite mangos to good use before they went off. I am looking round Birmingham for these Kesar mangos. Not managed to find out any yet though.

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    kaveyeats

    Ask any local Asian grocery what varieties they have in at the moment from India and Pakistan. I’ve found alphonso disappointing this year but you may have better luck. Also look for honey mangoes, a marketing term used for a range of similar varieties from the region. Usually good.

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  2. Diana

    Mango is my favourite fruit, so I would love to try these popsicles! And I love it when frozen desserts are made with natural yoghurt, yum! 🙂

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    kaveyeats

    Mango is my favourite too and I adore lassi so it was a good use for my sweet ripe mango flesh!

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  3. kate

    These sound so refreshing and summery! I’ve never had kesar mangoes and sadly I don’t have an asian supermarket in my small town, but I’ll definitely look out for them!

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  4. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    You’re lucky to live in London because here in Essex we sit with almostly exclusively with the Keitt variety. Do you pick up on my enthusiasm for the stuff? Apparently, it’s lychee season in the Far East. I keep a lookout at Asian markets. Nothing. Yeah, I know. First world problems. Anyhoo, my ice lolly sets will be arriving today and I can’t wait to experiment with different flavours. Yours look lush!

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    kaveyeats

    Aaw Michelle, yeah I hear you. You can find them outside London but only in areas where there’s an Asian population sufficient to support an Asian grocery shop!

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  5. Kellie@foodtoglow

    Like Michelle, I haven’t really seen the “good stuff”. I rarely bother with mangos because unless they are like these Kesars or the near-mythical Alphonses, mangos in the UK are pretty terrible. But when you get the best ones I can’t think of anything better than 1) eating them over the sink, and 2) doing as you have done. Love lassi. And homemade mango lassi lollies? Perfection.

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    kaveyeats

    The ones supermarkets have focused on for eons are Tommy Atkins and similar, very firm, easy to cube for fruit salads but comparatively tasteless and no beautiful aroma!

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  6. Stuart

    aside from looking very cute, these look as though they would be perfect for a boiling hot summers day. A very tasty way to cool down Kavey x

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  7. kaveyeats

    Thanks Becca, I do fancy the traditional shape moulds but the ones I can find are in a big block that I don’t have freezer space for. X

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  8. Camilla

    Love these ice lollies, mango is a fruit that has gradually won me over in recent years and I have a ripe one in the fridge that I’ve been thinking of making into something!

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    kaveyeats

    So delicious! And a good way of increasing fruit and dairy intake for those who don’t eat much.

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  9. Sonia Ray

    Hi, I’m Sonia from Teaologists. I loved your Mango Lassi Ice Lollies recipe. Would you care to make it again with Matcha tea this time instead of Mango? That way, it can be Matcha Lassi Ice Lollies and have an interesting twist. I think the sweet, vegetal taste of Matcha will bring a unique touch to the recipe. We could send you a 20g sample to make it!

    We are approaching bloggers like you who are passionate about food and offering them to try our Matcha tea for their recipes as a part of our promotional campaign. It’s completely free and if you don’t like it, you don’t have to do anything. There are no hidden costs, or hidden anything!

    Let me know if you’d be interested to give your Mango Lassi Ice Lollies recipe a twist with our Matcha green tea.

    Love from Teaologists,
    Sonia

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  10. Choclette

    You’ve got me desperate to try a Kesar mango now. I haven’t had a good mango in a very long time. Mango lassi is delicious and I love the way you’ve made it into ice lollies.

    I’ve just bought some ice lolly moulds so I can get creative and join in with BSFIC, but I can’t find enough room in my freezer 🙁

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    kaveyeats

    Thank you Choclette, I hope you can try a kesar mango soon! I’m the same, it’s always a challenge to find space in my freezer too!

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  11. Viswa

    This sounds looks refreshing,i love mango,it is perfect feast in this summer,really awesome lassi..

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