Lassi (Yogurt Drink) Recipe
Description: Lassi is a traditional Indian yogurt-based drink that is both refreshing and satisfying. It comes in various flavors, with the most popular being the sweet and creamy Mango Lassi and the tangy and spiced Salted Lassi. Lassi is a perfect way to cool down on a hot day and complements spicy Indian dishes.
History: Lassi has a long history in Indian cuisine, dating back to ancient times. It was originally made by churning yogurt with water and spices to create a cooling drink for the Indian subcontinent’s hot climate. Over the years, variations like Mango Lassi and Sweet Lassi have become popular, especially in restaurants and during festivals.
- 1 cup plain yogurt (preferably full-fat)
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 2 tablespoons sugar (adjust to taste for Sweet Lassi)
- A pinch of salt (for Salted Lassi)
- 1/2 cup ripe mango pulp (for Mango Lassi, optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (for Sweet Lassi)
- Ice cubes (optional)
- Fresh mint leaves or a pinch of roasted cumin powder for garnish
Serving: This recipe yields approximately 2 servings.
- Preparation: 5 minutes
For Sweet Lassi:
- In a blender, combine plain yogurt, cold water, sugar, and ground cardamom.
- Blend until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy.
- If you prefer it colder, you can add a few ice cubes and blend again.
- Pour into glasses, garnish with mint leaves, and serve immediately.
For Salted Lassi:
- In a blender, combine plain yogurt, cold water, and a pinch of salt.
- Blend until the mixture is frothy and well-mixed.
- Add ice cubes if desired for a colder drink.
- Pour into glasses, garnish with a pinch of roasted cumin powder, and serve immediately.
For Mango Lassi (Sweet):
- In a blender, combine plain yogurt, ripe mango pulp, sugar, and ground cardamom.
- Blend until you have a smooth and creamy mixture.
- Add ice cubes for extra chilliness, if desired.
- Pour into glasses, garnish with fresh mint leaves, and serve immediately.
- Calories: Approximately 150-200 per serving (varies based on the type and amount of sugar)
- Carbohydrates: 20-30g
- Protein: 6-8g
- Fat: 5-8g
- Calcium: 20-30% of daily recommended intake (from yogurt)
Lassi is a versatile and nutritious drink that can be customized to suit your taste buds. Whether you prefer it sweet, salty, or fruity, it’s a delightful beverage to enjoy with Indian cuisine or simply as a refreshing treat.