Saturday, January 26, 2013

Mango Smoothie from India for Republic Day (Mango Lassi)

Who knew there were smoothies as early as 1000 B.C.? They originated in the Punjab region of northern India (and Pakistan), where yoga was born.  It is perfect for hot weather (you didn't need me to tell you that), and is usually taken with lunch.The salty version includes cumin and yogurt, whereas the sweet version, sugar, fruit and maybe cardamom. Add turmeric, and you get a remedy for gastroenteritis, as well.

Republic Day, January 26th

In 1950, India's new constitution became official, thus turning the state into a republic. This day is celebrated with parades in the national and state capitals. In addition to the military displays, the different customs, dress and music of the diverse states in India are represented as well (you can find photos at

1 cup pureed mango
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup ice

Blend the mango, yogurt, milk, honey, and cardamom. Blend in the ice as well. Serve.


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