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Lassi

Lassi Recipe (Indian yogurt drink)

(Indian yogurt drink)

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Lassi is a cooling yogurt beverage originally from the northern part of India. Traditionally lassi is unsweetened and has a pinch of salt and some spices mixed in. More recently, sweetened fruit lassis have become very popular drinks, both in India and around the world.

2 to 3 servings

Ingredients

  • Yogurt -- 1 1/2 cups
  • Cream (optional) -- 3 tablespoons
  • Rosewater (optional) -- 1 tablespoon
  • Fruit of your choice, chopped -- 1/2 to 1 cup
  • Sugar -- 5-6 tablespoons
  • Ice cubes -- 9 to 10

Method

  1. Place all ingredients except the ice cubes in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. One by one, add the ice cubes and blend further until they are broken down into a slush.
  3. Serve in a tall, cold glass on a hot, hot day.

Variations

  • Plain Lassi: eliminate the sugar, fruit and rosewater. Substitute a pinch of salt and some toasted cumin seeds.
  • Bhang Lassi: a traditional lassi with cannabis extract and ground almonds. Used in the religious festival of Holi.
  • Good fruit choices are mangoes, papayas, strawberries and melons. Or try using lemon or lime juice. You can use anything you like really.
  • Add a pinch of ground cardamom, a few strands of saffron or some chopped mint if you like.