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Mango Lassi Muffins with Yogurt and Cardamom

June 25, 2012

Last month I was enticed and inspired by Lauren’s recipe (on her wonderful blog, One Happy Table) for Apple Cinnamon Cardamom Muffins.

Cardamom! In muffins?! Yes, please.

I know cardamom is nice in all sorts of things, but I associate it strongly with one of the best things ever: mango lassi. (Mango lassi recipe included below.)

Lauren’s blog post begins with a shot of a muffin torn open, leaving one giant cube of baked apple visible in the center. It struck me as unconventional to bake such large pieces of fruit into muffins; a tiny venue, usually limited to nothing bigger than a berry.

Thus, an idea was born. (An idea, I might add, in the spirit of my Thai Iced Tea Popsicles theme of turning drinks into desserts!)

I just had to wait until I discovered some deserving mangoes. The kind that sit heavily in your palm, emanating their sweet ripe fragrance even before you peel back the skin.

I commented on the post about Apple Cinnamon Cardamom Muffins at the time, mentioning that I was inspired to come up with Mango Lassi Muffins, and Lauren gave me some excellent ideas– which unfortunately I haven’t yet put into practice– of how to cupcake-ize the muffins.* (Adding a dollop of coconut cream or whipped yogurt on top, and sprinkling over some more ground cardamom for presentation.)

Someday perhaps I will cupcake-ize these little guys. But for now I’d say they were pretty perfect as is.

* Since Lauren’s recipe is vegan, and mine is (decidedly) not, I also had to modify the muffin recipe itself quite a bit, the one consistency being: cardamom. I still owe her for 100% of the inspiration, though.

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Mango Lassi (Mango Yogurt Smoothie)

(Serves 4)

~ 2 mangoes, peeled and roughly chopped
~ 1½ cups plain yogurt
~ ½ cup milk (or more)
~ 4-6 ice cubes
~ 2 tsp. sugar
~ ½ tsp. ground cardamom
~ several drops vanilla extract
~ 1 tsp. fresh lime juice

How to make it:

1. Gradually add ingredients to blender, and blend until smooth.

2. Serve chilled and enjoy!

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Mango Lassi Muffins with Yogurt and Cardamom
(Adapted from the “Best Blueberry Muffins” recipe by Cook’s Illustrated, and the “Apple Crumb Coffee Cakes” recipe in Food & Wine’s Annual Cookbook, 2012.)

(Makes about 18 muffins, depending on the size of your muffin tins)

~ 2 cups flour
~ ¾ cup sugar
~ 1½ tsp. baking powder
~ ½ tsp. salt
~ ½ tsp. baking soda
~ ¼ tsp. cinnamon
~ 1 tsp. cardamom (about 2 black pods or 4-6 green pods, finely ground)
~ 6 Tbsp. butter, softened
~ ¾ – 1 cup plain yogurt (or sour cream; I used Greek yogurt)
~ 1 large egg, beaten
~ 1 large mango (or 2 small mangoes), peeled and cubed
~ ½ cup pistachio kernels, lightly toasted


How to make it:

1. Lightly grease the muffin tins, and pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and ground cardamom.

3. Add the softened butter, and beat at low speed until it resembles coarse crumbs. Then add the yogurt and egg. Once again mix at a low speed, just until the batter is smooth.

4. Fold the mango pieces into the batter, and spoon the mixture into the muffin tins, filling the cups about ⅔ of the way with batter. Optionally sprinkle over the toasted pistachio kernels, gently pressing them into the tops of the muffins.

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are golden or a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the muffin tins before gently removing.

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Related recipe posts:
> Thai Iced Tea Popsicles
> Apricot Almond Galette (with Strawberry and Mango variations)
> Chicken in Vindaloo Yogurt Sauce

29 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2012 12:21 pm

    What an amazingly creative recipe! I LOVE the pistachio addition. These look delicious.

    • June 26, 2012 5:33 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I love the pistachio addition, too. (I actually made a few without pistachios, and they were a lot taller and more beautifully rounded in a more classic muffin shape, but I still liked the pistachio ones better.)

  2. June 25, 2012 1:09 pm

    Only the most exotic and fantastic muffin idea ever! Yum!! :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    • June 26, 2012 5:34 pm

      :) I don’t know about exotic, but definitely fantastic!

  3. June 25, 2012 2:40 pm

    You did it!!! Amazing, Allison. I absolutely love the idea and these little muffins look delicious. Thanks for the support and thanks even more for the inspirational relationship! So fun to exchange yummy ideas with you!

    • June 26, 2012 11:45 am

      Yes!! Thanks again for sparking this post with your apple cardamom muffins! It’s definitely fun and rewarding to have a more interactive and mutually-inspiring relationship with other bloggers like you!

  4. June 25, 2012 7:06 pm

    This is what I want right now. this is really wonderful. I will try this one before the mango season ends.

  5. June 26, 2012 4:46 am

    I am the biggest fan of mango lassi! You really tempted me with these muffins :D

    • June 26, 2012 5:37 pm

      I know mango lassis are soooo good! These muffins will never replace the lassi for me, but they’re still very tasty.

  6. June 27, 2012 2:29 am

    I love a good mango lassi & yours looks so delectable! Your mango lassi muffins look like real winners! Yum Yum Yum!

    • June 27, 2012 9:17 am

      Thanks! They were total winners. It turns out mango still stays juicy & sweet when it’s baked!

  7. Amira Resnick permalink
    June 27, 2012 10:45 am

    Im extremely impressed! Just yesterday a friend was telling me about ice-cream filled cupcakes and it seemed like an impossible feat. But your recipe tops even that!

    • June 28, 2012 1:55 pm

      Ice cream-filled cupcakes?! THAT sounds like more of an impossible feat than these muffins. (Did you ask more about the recipe? How does the ice cream not melt???) These might have come from a stroke of genius, but they’re still super easy to make ;)

  8. June 27, 2012 9:52 pm

    I love Mango Lassi! What a great recipe and very nice blog!


  9. June 29, 2012 9:31 am

    This is so amazing! I got hungry just by looking at your post! =)

    • June 29, 2012 1:06 pm

      Uh oh… hope you have some fresh mangoes lying around! :)

  10. July 3, 2012 5:34 pm

    Oh my Oh my!!! This looks incredible!

    • July 3, 2012 5:41 pm

      Thanks! And yeah, this recipe is definitely a new favorite.


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