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Sip a Mango at Sanaa

posted on April 13th, 2010 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Mango Lassi at Sanaa
Sometimes a sweet comes along that is beyond delicious. A backbeat of creamy yogurt with high notes of sweet mango make this an unusual and memorable end to a savory meal at Sanaa at Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. (It’s on the “non-alcoholic specialties” menu, but we prefer it for dessert.)

A cross between a smoothie and a milkshake zapped with the tartness of yogurt, the vibrant drink is served in India as an aperitif or as a side with fiery cuisine. But we love it for an offbeat meal closer. Whip up a batch, then stash in the fridge (just whip it again in the blender or whisk just before sipping).

Mango Lassi is just one of the creative tastes at Sanaa (sah-NAH), where the menu showcases tastes of the islands of the Indian Ocean that are all part of Africa. And there’s a feast for the eyes, too, with a savannah with African animals just a few yards from the restaurant and tall windows for viewing. Do you have a favorite Sanaa dish?

Mango Lassi
(Chilled Mango Yogurt Drink) Serves 4
2 cups ripe mango, chopped
Pinch of salt
1 cup chilled whole milk
1 cup whole-milk plain yogurt
2 to 3 teaspoons sugar, optional

  1. If mango has stringy fibers, push through a nylon sieve with the back of a spoon. The remaining mango should not contain any stringy pulp. Refrigerate until cold.
  2. Combine mango, pinch of salt, milk and yogurt in a blender and puree until smooth. Taste and add sugar to taste. If you would like the lassi a bit colder, add about eight ice cubes to the blender. Can be refrigerated up to 24 hours.
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Corinne from ON on April 13th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

These are fantastic, thank you for the recipe, now we can enjoy them at home.


Stephanie on April 13th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

These are the best!! Even better than the Pineapple Dole Whip, which we have to have every time we go to MK! Thanks for the recipe!


Jennifer on April 13th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Will definitely give this a try at home, sounds great!! :)

Thanks for sharing.


Robyn on April 13th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I had this at 2009 Food & Wine at WDW (seven times! Yes, it’s that wonderful)! I was hoping it would be available on property! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Can’t wait to make it at home. Bet it would be good with strawberries.


Serena from FL on May 6th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

We had an amazing meal that inluded excellent drinks , an awesome dessert and our server was top-knotch at Sanaa on a visit in last 8 months or so. We already have Sanaa on our “must eat ” list for next trip! If you can share it- I would love the recipe for the Vanilla Chai Dessert (It was sort of like a chai tea- creamed – and made in to a luscious smooth dessert- sort of like a mousse and a custard mixed into one) . It was just heavenly! I would highly suggest Sanaa to any Disney visitor.