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About Lassi

 

    Lassi is a Punjabi (North Indian drink).  It is yogurt based shake, either sweet or savory. The most common flavors include: mango, rose water and plain sugar (sweet lassi), With its smooth, and refreshing taste is the perfect accompaniment to the hot and spicy Indian food.

Traditional lassi is sometimes flavored with ground roasted cumin. With a little turmeric powder mixed in, it is also used as a folk remedy for gastroenteritis.

 

 

SWEET LASSI                     (serves 4)

2 cups plain yogurt

1 cup cold water

4-5 tbsp sugar (to taste)

finely chopped pistachios to decorate, crushed ice to serve

 

 

 

 

  • Pour yogurt, water, sugar and ice into a blender.

  • Blend on a high setting for 1 minute.

  • Pour the lassi into tall glasses.

  • Sprinkle with chopped pistachios to decorate and serve immediately.

MANGO LASSI                    (serves 4)

 

2 fresh mangoes

4 cups plain yogurt

1 cup cold water

8-10 tsp sugar (to taste)

crushed ice to serve

 

 

 

 

 

  • Place the peeled, seeded and chopped mango in a blender.

  • Add the yogurt, water, sugar.

  • Blend it until smooth and frothy.

  • To serve fill glasses with crushed ice, pour in the lassi.

SAVORY LASSI                   (serves 4)

 

3 cups plain yogurt

1 cup cold water.

1 fresh green chili, seeded and very finely chopped

tsp ground cumin,

salt and pepper,

fresh cilantro or mint leaves to decorate, crushed ice to serve

 

 

 

  • Pour the yogurt and water into a bowl and blend for 1 min.

  • Stir in the chili, cumin, season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • Let it chill in the refrigerator for 30 min.

  • To serve, fill tall glasses with crushed ice and pour in the lassi.

  • Sprinkle with cumin.

MINT LASSI                     (serves 2-4)

 

4  tbsp finely chopped mint leaves

1 cups plain yogurt

1 tsp rock salt (kala namak)

tsp roasted, ground cumin seeds

tsp salt, or to taste

1 cup of water

6-8 ice cubes

 

  • Put yogurt, mint, cumin seeds, rock salt in a blender. Blend for a few seconds.

  • Add chilled water and ice cubes. Blend till frothy. Serve sprinkled with a pinch o ground roasted cumin seeds and garnish with finely chopped mint

 

TROPICAL FRUIT LASSI   (serves 2-4)

 

1 mango, peeled and chopped

1 papaya

1 cups plain yogurt or better buttermilk (very well chilled)

2 tsp honey

few drops vanilla extract

4-8 ice cubes

 
  • Place the mango, and papaya in a blender or food processor. Leave aside 4 slices of papaya for decoration.
  •  Add the yogurt or buttermilk, honey and vanilla extract.
  • Process the mixture until smooth and frothy.
  • Put ice cubes into tall glasses. Pour the lassi and decorate with slices of papaya.

 

SWEET AND SOUR LASSI   (serves 2-4)

 

8 saffron threads (plus few for decoration)

1 tbsp boiling water

1 cup low fat  plain yogurt

cup ice water

tsp ground cardamom

pinch of ground cumin

crushed ice to serve

2 tbsp sugar (or to taste)

 
  • Place the saffron in a small bowl and stir in the boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes to infuse.
  • Pour the yogurt into large bowl and whisk  for 1 minute, until frothy. Whisk in the ice water, sugar, cumin and cardamom powder, and saffron with its soaking water. Chill in the fridge for 30 min.
  • To serve, fill tall glasses with crushed ice, pour the lassi and decorate with a few saffron threads.
 

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