Lassi (Indian Yogurt Drink)

It has been more than a month since I posted a recipe. Life has been hectic since the last couple of months while our house was on the market. I could not cook much at all. I really missed cooking and posting recipes every week. Now that we are settled nicely in our new place, I am much more relaxed and will start to post recipes every week. I will start off by posting two recipes of a drink from India called Lassi. It is a drink made with yogurt and cardamom or roasted and ground cumin. It can be made in various ways but one of my favorite ways is the traditional way and one with Mango (that is popular in Indian restaurants).

Mango Lassi


The traditional lassi I was used to having in India was made with whole milk fresh yogurt that is much more creamier than the ones available here. We would visit this tiny restaurant that used to make the best lassi ever. This place had clay pots containing yogurt that was made every night. The best thing about making yogurt in a clay pot is it absorbs the water and yogurt comes out firm the next day. Lassi tastes way better during the summer months as it cools your system down. The person behind the counter making the lassi would take a big cup of yogurt and add it to the copper pot. He would then add ice cubes, cardamom powder, rose water, sugar, pinch of salt and milk. He would blend all the ingredients using a electric hand blender until tit was frothy and creamy. He would then pour the lassi into glasses and top it with some cream. Yum. Nothing like drinking a cold glass of lassi on a hot summer day!

Lassi

The lassi that I have made is the sweet and salted lassi and also the one with fresh mangoes. If fresh mangoes are not available, you can use mango pulp sold in Indian stores. It is made of Alphonso brand of mangoes from India that are really sweet and juicy. If you use the pulp, you will need to adjust the desired amount of sugar.

Lassi

Here is a closeup photo of mango lassi
Mango Lassi

Mango! It is one of my favorite fruits.
Mangoes

Sweet and Salted Lassi

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients for Lassi:
10 saffron threads, crushed with your finger tips
1/2 teaspoon cardamom, freshly ground
1 1/2 cups whole milk yogurt
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon granulated sugar
8-10 ice cubes

Directions:
Soak saffron in 1 tablespoon of warm water for 5 minutes. Melt the granulated sugar in 2 tablespoons of warm water. Blend all the above ingredients in a blender until frothy and creamy. It tastes better if you let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours as the saffron gives it a nice color and has more time to blend in.

Mango Lassi

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients for Mango Lassi:
2 cups of freshly chopped mangoes
1 cup whole milk yogurt
5 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cardamom, freshly ground
8-10 ice cubes

Directions:
Blend all the above ingredients in a blender until frothy and creamy.

Enough for 2 -3 people

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