Missing My Sister

 

Hello hello!!

Let me ask you all this: how far away do you live from your families? Are there days that you just miss something your mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandparents or any relative makes and you crave it? I don’t live that far away from my parents. I live only an hour southeast from them, which is perfect since we can go visit them whenever we want, or they can come here.

My sister Shar lives in Chicago which isn’t even that far away, but I don’t see her nearly enough. I see her maybe two or three times a year and that stinks because I used to see her a lot more than that. She’s my best friend and she’s one of the craziest, silliest, kindest, most inspiring women in my life (other than mi madre of course). I’m excited because I’m flying out to Chicago in a few weeks to see her!! For whatever reason, I really wanted a mango lassi. And she makes the most amazing lassis!

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However, I couldn’t get a hold of her to get her recipe, so I tried making it from memory. What’s weird is I have a visual memory of a weekend morning when she made it for me in her kitchen and I can still picture what she put into the blender. Is that weird? Haha. I decided to try to make a healthy version with Greek yogurt, Silk Light and no sugar. You heard me right. No sugar. I didn’t need it though. The mango was way sweet enough!

Mango Lassi

•1 1/2 cups mango pulp (about 15 oz.)
•1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (I used Fage Total 0%)
•1/2 cup Silk Light (low fat soy milk) or regular milk is fine
•1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
•1/4 teaspoon rose water (about half a cap full) – optional

I used half a 30 oz. can of Kesar brand mango pulp. Don’t let that price shock you. I did NOT spend that much at the Indian grocery store. I spent $1.99. However, you can also use the Looza brand mango nectar if you can find pulp. Also don’t be scared by the rose water ingredient. It is totally optional. It’s a pretty exotic ingredient in my opinion and I’ve only been able to find it in Indian grocery stores. You don’t need a lot to get the pretty perfume-y scent/taste in what ever you are making. My mom uses it in her gulab jaman syrup. I just adds a little something. But like I said, it’s totally optional. The lassi will taste just as delicious without it.

Method

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend! Pour into glasses and enjoy. Not that hard is it ;)
Optional ingredients: Splenda or sugar if you need more sweetness, other fruits like bananas or pineapple and of course my new favorite thing: chia seeds!

This recipe should make about 2 cups of lassi. The best part? It was only 185 calories per serving. So perfect and the addition of using Greek yogurt vs. regular nonfat yogurt upped the protein and the Silk light kept it low fat. Yeah, this recipe is a keeper. It might not be like Shar’s, but it still reminded me of being a total nerd with her in her kitchen that Saturday morning :) Can’t wait to see her soon! Oh and I’ll also get to meet Diana from Veggie Next Door while I’m out there! I seriously, seriously can’t wait!

What are things your family member makes that you miss eating?
How often do you get to see your family?

14 thoughts on “Missing My Sister

  1. Diana @ VeggieNextDoor

    You are so sweet! It’s sad that you and your sister live so far apart, but I have to say, it’s good news for me :-)

    My parents and sister are in Florida so I only get to see them a few times a year. Flying down there is always expensive, but it sure is worth it every time!

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    1. Aparna B. Post author

      Holy crap! That is far! <3 Do you get to visit her often? You should try the lassi. You love making smoothies so you might enjoy this! It’s made with yogurt but the fruit combinations are endless!

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  2. mustardseed

    First time here and enjoyed this post. For me memories of family (and my family lives oceans away) is always reminds me of food and the joy of eating! I guess food is very comforting. Love the mango lassi recipe.

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    1. Aparna B. Post author

      I know what you mean! Sometimes when you can’t be with your family, it just helps to make something that reminds you of them! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you come back again soon :)

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  3. what katie's baking

    i understand your pain :( i only live two hours from my family, but i miss them all the time!
    i see them quite a bit, though. about once a month.
    this looks SO awesome… where do you buy mango pulp? i want to make this!

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    1. Aparna B. Post author

      I found cans of pulp at my local Indian grocery store. But if you aren’t near one of those, you can use the Looza brand mango nectar/juice that’s found in most grocery stores now! Your store might even have pulp :)

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