Mmm...lassi. A lassi is indeed refreshing on a hot, humid day, and it goes wonderfully well with spicy foods; it cools the heat in your mouth so you can more thoroughly enjoy your next bite of food. The mango lassi is my favorite variation; it's the bright-orange drink that you sometimes see in Indian restaurants. Here's a good recipe:

  • 1 cup plain yoghurt
  • 1 cup mango pulp (take 2 ripe mangoes, peel them, and scrape the flesh off the large pit)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar (or more if you like)

Blend until smooth. Now taste it. If it's too thick, you can blend in some ice to cool it down and thin it out. If you think it tastes too much like yoghurt, mix in some milk. If it's too sweet, add milk or yoghurt. Keep track of your additions so you'll know what to do next time. Serve cold, preferably over ice.

Other variants involve 1 cup strawberries, 1 cup chopped get the idea. Go on, try it!