Mango cardamom lassi popsicle fragrant with saffron and frangipane is the stuff of your summer dreams! Refreshing and sweet, fragrant, super cooling and in a fun new shape, these mango cardamom lassi popsicles are the MUST MAKE dish this season. Parties, lunch soirees, high teas, as after school snacks or just a midnight indulgence, with these popsicles you will be able to make everyone happy, healthily.
Indian summers go by so slowly. They start from the 1st week of March and go on for what seems like half the year. And if you live in my parts of the world, you will understand what I mean. A scorching, arid summer when the sun literally comes up daily to gleefully toast its victims isn’t the happy summer they show on celluloid. Heck, even vacations are hot here. As much as I love the cold winters, I dread Indian summers. With schools on a break till mid June and kids not able to play outside during the day, it becomes very tedious and boring after the novelty of the first week of no school wears off.
Then sets in the ennui and irritation. So what do you do as a mom? Well you try to given the kids something fun to do! We have been keeping busy reading books, learning to draw and play chess for the last month. Evenings see all kids throng outside to play! Its a relief both for them and the mums. Trust me.
I also try and include D in my cooking whenever I can. This cute little mango cardamom lassi popsicle is the easiest way to include kids! A dish so so easy my 5 year could do it, with my guidance of course. Result? Everyone (and I mean everyone) clamouring for these little beauties at the end of the day!
Mango cardamom lassi popsicles takes your basic mango lassi a few steps further by making it more exotic and then freezing it, coz hello, what can be better than frozen cooling refreshing mango cardamom lassi popsicle? Answer – nada. nothing.
As much as we love lassi in any form, peach lassi and mango lassi are my favorite. But for these popsicles I wanted a slightly more mature flavor too. After looking around my garden I spied the beautiful white frangipane flowers. These super fragrant flowers are abundant in my garden right now and perfuming the air with their sweet sweet fragrance. So, I simply steeped some frangipane flowers and added them to the mango cardamom lassi popsicle alongwith a little saffron. The result?? Gosh you guys! So so delicious. Its like eating summer in every bite!
The mango cardamom lassi popsicle is creamy and sweet, refreshing and cool, healthy and just so aromatic. Everyone loved it! Best part? The kids gobbled it all up! We have made two more batches of these mango cardamom lassi popsicle already. Don’t waste time. May the most of the mango season and go whip these beauties up.
I have used silicon moulds to make these , but you can use regular popsicle moulds or even plain kulfi moulds to set these. Its the taste that counts, not the shape! But yes, these super pretty shape did make them more fun to eat.
Hoping everyone a great summer,
Mango cardamom lassi popsicle
A delicious and refreshing dessert for hot summers!
- 2 whole ripe mangoes Honey mango will do if you are abroad. If in India, pick up your favorite sweet variety. I used Dussehri for this
- 200 ml yogurt ( I used low fat)
- 100 ml skimmed milk or water ( if you want it even healthier)
- 4 tbsp sugar use more or less as per taste
- 1/2 tsp saffron soaked in warm water for 3-4 minutes
- 3 cardamom pods pounded
- 4-5 fresh frangipane flowers steeped in warm water for 10 mins. Strain and use 2 tsp of the infused water.
Put everything together in a blender and blend till smooth,
Pass through a sieve.
Now pour into mould of choice. Garnish with a few more cardamom pods and saffron threads.
Chill in the freezer for 4-5 hours till firm.