Heirloom Tomato and Mango Lassi with Ground Sumac

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Author Notes: Well just when I thought I was done with my recipes for this week, I had one lone gorilla orange blossom tomato left and a mango that needed to be used up as well. I had bought ground sumac a few weeks ago (at a mideastern grocery) without much thought to using it for summer drinks, but then this little experiment brought these ingredients together. The ground sumac offers a savory, lemony flavor to this recipe which delivers a very rich, creamy lassi, pretty darn healthy, too. Sumac comes from the cashew family, so if you have nut allergies take precautions. - SagegreenSagegreen

Food52 Review: The lassi is deeply underappreciated, don’t you think? Cooling and substantive, it responds to your thirst with tang and candor. Here, Sagegreen makes a lassi (the second lassi submission for the tomato theme – one more and we’d have had a trend, friends) that’s expansively flavored, with not just mango but tomato, too. With not merely cardamom and honey but a sprinkling of sumac (if you can't find it, just double the lemon zest). The tomato has a way of sharpening up the mango with gutsy contrast. Serve this extraordinary treat (well-chilled!) to guests and make them guess the secret ingredients. – A&MThe Editors

Serves 1-2

  • 1 cup thick Greek or Turkish yogurt, chilled
  • 1/2 cup chopped heirloom tomato that is sweet and juicy (Gorilla Orange Blossom or Valencia, for example)
  • 1/2 cup cubed fresh mango
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sumac (see photo) or 1/8 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon zest of fresh lemon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons acacia honey (or other type of your choice) to taste
  • 2 ice cubes, crushed up
  • sprinkle of sumac for garnish
  • spearmint leaf (or other herb) for garnish
  1. Combine all the non-garnish ingredients in a blender and process. Chill, if desired.
  2. Garnish with sumac sprinkles and a fresh herb sprig.
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Tags: creamy, Healthy, heirloom tomatoes, honey, mango, sumac, yogurt

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over 2 years ago WCmom

This sounded so strange I knew I had to try it, and I loved it! This would be fabulous on a hot day, with some spicy food. So refreshing, thanks for your share, Tricia

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over 2 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks so much, Tricia!

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over 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Made this last weekend, sans tomatoes plus a pinch of kosher salt to serve - wonderful. I ended up stirring the last of it into some Swiss bircher cereal!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks so much, Kitchen Butterfly! I am delighted you enjoyed it.

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almost 4 years ago onetribegourmet

Love your Lassi recipe!

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks! It is so nice to see your use of sumac in your recipe, too. Congrats on your win!

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almost 4 years ago hummingbirdap

I LOVE mango lassi! I definitely want to try this with heirloom tomatoes! Will have to save this recipe and make it when summer comes around.

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, humingbirdap. It will be so great to have heirloom tomatoes again, too.

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about 4 years ago olin77

I'm new to the site, Sagegreen, and am just finding my way around. This lassi looks incredible and will give some purpose to a fresh tin of sumac that I got at a downtown NY farmers market last weekend. Can't wait to try it...

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Welcome, olin77. I joined this site just this summer, and it has become an important part of my life. I hope you enjoy this incredible community of cooks. I just used sumac in a snack cake with V8 juice!

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, everyone! You are all really great. I love this site: Never has losing been so sweet!!

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over 4 years ago adamnsvetcooking

Everyone on this site is a winner in my eyes! Bunch of creative and amazing people :)

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over 4 years ago Lizthechef

I can't remember when someone burst onto the scene here at food52 with so much creativity, enthusiasm and great stuff - congrats on being a finalist!

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over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I completely agree, sagegreen! You have so much creativity, ideas, enthusiasm, and great food, you'll have many more shots at it! I look forward to seeing your recipes each week.

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over 4 years ago thirschfeld

nannydeb is smack on right. Your recipes are creative and really good. You will be in that winners circle soon I am certain of that.

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

You are very kind! Thank you.

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over 4 years ago nannydeb

This is such a creative recipe (as are all of your recipes) and deserves the recognition. My recipe is so simple, I don't really understand the attention. Who knows what A&M are looking for? Thanks again for being so kind and gracious.

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Nannydeb, you are very gracious! I knew all along you would win! But I appreciate the kindness and interest all the same.

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over 4 years ago Kerstin

What a unique and creative recipe - I love it!

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thank you!

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over 4 years ago gingerroot

Made this yesterday and it was delicious - the perfect creamy mix of sweet and savory - a good match for the Heirloom Tomato "Shorba" that I tested. Thanks!

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thank you so much for letting me know! I really appreciate it.

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

AntoniaJames made an interesting point about drupes under the video blog for this recipe. Let me add here, too, my comments about drupes! Sumac, a small tree, is in the "Rhus" family and includes many, many cultivars. Ground sumac can come from Rhus coriaria or aromatica. I am most familiar with the live staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) growing in my area; you can make a sour lemonade- type drink from its berries. This kind of sumac has fuzzy antler-like branches with their red berry clusters I've heard described both as drupes or stangs. Botanically, the drupe refers to the exocarp, the fleshy outer skin, and drupes have an interior pit (like peaches, plums, and cherries). Raspberries I have heard described as "drupelets." Mangoes are technically drupes, too! So this recipes includes double drupes, worth another giggle or two in my book.


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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Apology for the typo with the last sentence- should say "So this recipe" includes.....

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over 4 years ago mrslarkin

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sounds so refreshing! Just right for summer. Thanks for the recipe Sagegreen, and congrats on being a finalist!

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

I love that it is so easy to make. It is an honor to be a finalist (even against such an elegant beautiful tart with marscapone!)

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over 4 years ago WinnieAb

Oh, this sounds so interesting and so so good! I picked up some sumac in NYC yesterday (yay!), so now I can make your lovely lassi :)

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks. I hope you like it!

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over 4 years ago lapadia

Congratulations on the EP, and good luck as a finalist!

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thank you. It is pretty thrilling!

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

I just realized I misspelled cardamom in my recipe, but hope to get that corrected. To play further with flavor and color of your drink, you can experiment by adding other spices, too, such as saffon and a little tumeric, which is supposed to have great health benefits. The color is part of the fun of making this.

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over 4 years ago wanderash

Very clever! This is a great recipe! Congrats!

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thank you so much. I love your blog. How neat to collaborate with a cousin between Mexico and Germany!

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over 4 years ago Midge

Looks beautiful and sounds utterly refreshing. Bravo Sagegreen!

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks. Saturday is going to be such fun!

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over 4 years ago drbabs

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Congratulations! Lovely recipe!

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, but you have got me interested in ice cream now!

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over 4 years ago drbabs

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I wonder if you could turn your lassi into a frozen yogurt.

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over 4 years ago adamnsvetcooking

That should be interesting!! Let me know if that works out.

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

That is a great idea, drbabs! I have frozen my lassis in ice cube trays before, and then added few cubes to the blender with the regular mix. That works well.

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over 4 years ago KelseyTheNaptimeChef

This look so refreshing and full of great flavor!

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks. Before only aliyaleekong had noticed this. It was a "sleeper."

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over 4 years ago ehrrin

Congrats on the finals! This looks so lovely; I can't wait to try it. What an interesting twist. I hope our neighborhood food co-op has ground sumac!

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks. If not, you can find it at world spice or amazon:
http://www.worldspice.com
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http://www.amazon.com/s... http://www.myspicesage...

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over 4 years ago Heena

I love lassi and I love the twist you've given it. Congratulations!

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thank you! Hope you will try it.

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over 4 years ago gingerroot

YUM! Congratulations Sagegreen!!! I got a few mangoes in my CSA box and now I know what I am going to make with them...I cannot wait to try this.

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks! I have resolved to follow a healthier route even more after plum week is over with more recipes in this direction.

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over 4 years ago The Rambling Epicure

What an interesting combination of flavors!

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

And it is really healthy! Thank you.

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over 4 years ago dymnyno

Congratulations...this sounds delicious...I have never made a lassi but I am going to make this soon!

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thank you. I am amazed!

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over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Congratulations sagegreen!!!! I love lassies and am definitely making this. I'm so happy for you that you're in the finals this week. And thanks so much for the tip on the sumac. I'm allergic to nuts, as is my husband, and had no idea about the sumac. BTW, at least here locally, sumac is also available at WF in the small spice/herb boxes.

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thank you. Does this mean I am in the finals? That would amaze me. Anyway, you can find sumac online even from Amazon.com among other sources.

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

I can't believe I am in a final! Btw, if you rub a little sumac or a sumac berry on your wrist, you can see if you have a skin reaction the next day. If so, then do not use sumac. I have another kind of sumac in an iced tea recipe with more info. Some people who are allergic to nuts are actually fine with sumac...but pretest carefully! Or just increase the lemon zest as A&M brilliantly suggest.

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over 4 years ago adamnsvetcooking

Congratulation Sagegreen...I will have to make it when I come back from my trip!!

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks. It is a nice healthy drink that can be restorative after travels, since it is so quick to make! It is very cooling, particularly good after a spicy Indian meal.

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over 4 years ago thirschfeld

Oh Sagegreen congratulations. I made a special stop just to get sumac yesterday because I wanted to make this to serve as a finale for an Indian meal. I can't wait to make it. Well done.

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks! I am making one last dish with plums that may get finished in time that has Indian inspiration. Sometimes I sneak in a little tumeric more for the color than the taste.

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over 4 years ago aliyaleekong

What a lovely incarnation. I grew up drinking this so so nice to see a twist...

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks. I make one kind of drink like this a day, so I always am happy to share the most interesting results.

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

You can find ground sumac online such as at Amazon. com. Don't buy the 50 lb. bag though. A few ounces will suffice.
http://www.amazon.com/s...