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Sip a Mango at Sanaa

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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Will definitely give this a try at home, sounds great!! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

  • 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!

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

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