[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Next to masala chai, there's no greater beverage ambassador to India than a mango lassi. And while it's not my favorite lassi variation out there—you'll find me with a plain, salt-tinged one, or better yet a spicy, asafoetida-kissed neer more—I can't deny that it's a pretty smart thing to do with mangoes and yogurt.

It's also a good basis for getting more frozen yogurt into your life. Real frozen yogurt, the kind made with ingredients you can understand and has a naturally tart kick. Unlike Red Mango / Pinkberry / 16 Handles junk, real frozen yogurt isn't pumped with air, stabilizers, and artificial flavors. You don't need candy to make it taste like something. And you don't need to suffer the indignity of paying for your dessert by the self-measured ounce.

Try this at home with sweet, ripe mangoes and you'll be surprised at how genuine and good real frozen yogurt can be. The lime juice and zest in the recipe aren't typical to a sippable mango lassi, but they give the final scoop an added tropical complexity.

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About the author: Max Falkowitz is the editor of Serious Eats: New York. You can follow him on Twitter at @maxfalkowitz.


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