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Aloe Mango Lassi


Ever since reading this post on preparing aloe, I have been dying to try it!!! Fans of TFimB will know that anytime I can make food that is not from the grocery store, I jump at the chance! Wild bananas and banana leaves are a few examples of doing this in the past. I am leaving Bermuda very soon, so I knew the clock was ticking down on a chance to cook wild aloe. Finally this weekend provided the perfect chance hanging out cooking with Mandi and Amy.

Is anybody out there today? I just realized the US has the day off today so a lot of my workforce following won't be checking the site today. But I am not posting on Monday, so you guys can look at this then! See ya next Tuesday!

The first step is to harvest the aloe! If you do not have an aloe plant in your yard, this can be tricky. Just make sure no one is watching and go for it!

These things are super slimy.

Also sort of hard to handle and peel. I first sliced off the spikes on each side. Next I went at the top rounded skin. After that, the flat skin was easy to remove and just like taking the skin off of a piece of fish!

Lime juice and a little sugar. Cook this on low for about 10 minutes.

After it cooked, I poured cold water in the pot and strained out the aloe. At this point, the aloe had a much better texture and a limy /almost cucumber flavor.

Yogert, mango, and aloe in the blender.

Top with ice and a splash of booze. We used this vanilla stuff we found in the cabinet.

This drink was way better than I expected. I was thinking it would be heavy and yogerty, but instead it was light and refreshing from all the ice, with a perfect mix of mango, aloe, and yogurt flavors. My only complaint would be not enough aloe flavor after all that effort messing with the aloe leaves. It is a fairly subtle flavor that is overpowered by the other stuff. You could still taste it, but it could have been stronger.

Aloe Mango Lassi
1 cup yogurt
1 mango
3 - 4 aloe leaves peeled and prepared this way.
Booze, rum or vodka would work, I used vanilla liquor.

Put it in a blender and whir it up! Makes 3 servings.


Um, yum? Mango lassis are delish, but this post reminds me of an episode of Cultivating Life where Sean Conway made caramel sauce with irish moss.

You're moving?

Interesting post. I've only seen aloe used once in food, and that was on Andrew Zimmern's show... he gagged a whole bunch. Anyway, I look forward to seeing how your next location will influence your cooking, as it seems that Bermuda has given you many culinary opportunities.

Oh... that's what an aloe plant looks like

My husband and I have been searching for a recipe to make something out of aloe. Ever the curry lover, he's hoping for an aloe curry. We haven't been successful in finding anything but drink recipes, though.

We've been turning our aloe into a moisturizing sun treatment by scooping out the insides and processing it up with a few drops of lemongrass oil and a dab of coconut milk.

I am not used to seeing aloe as a food or drink. I remember as a kid we used to rip them open and dab them on our mosquito bites. Very soothing indeed and got the itch away.

Was the aloe being hard to taste mostly just because of its subtle flavor, or would adding 1-2 more leaves make it much more noticeable?

The gif was entirely necessary for the awesomeness of this post... and did justice to how awesome a well made Mango Lassi can be. I've gotta try this! Thanks.

Mango lassis are my absolute favorite drink. We went to my favorite Indian buffet and the owner offered to make me a personalized mango lassi-rose milk concoction. It was amazing!

The aloe twist on this sounds very interesting.

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