Summer is already around the corner, as the mercury is rising my city. Though I miss winters terribly in Mumbai, there are certain things about summer that are there for me here all the year round. One of them is lassi. Lassi is a yogurt based refreshing drink which can be sweet or salty, or made with a combination of fruits and yogurt. Besides keeping you cool, this drink is loaded with the good bacteria that aid in digestion keep your gut healthy. There are elaborate traditional methods of preparing this drink in India. However, I will share with you the simplest way to make it in this blog.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 glasses
Whisked yogurt 2 and 1/2 cups
Ice cubes 5-6
Water 2 cups
Sugar 1/4 cup
Crushed nuts (pistachio, almond, cashew)
Saffron strands 3-4
Rose water 1/2 teaspoon
Take a large blending jar, pour in the yogurt, ice cubes, water, sugar and rose water and blend it until you have a frothy mixture. Pour into the glasses. Add crushed nuts and saffron strands on top of each glass. You may also add rabri along with the crushed nuts. This is sweet cool refreshing lassi.
For, the salty lassi, you may replace sugar with 2 teaspoons of salt, and instead of the crushed nuts, saffron and rabri, top the lassi with mint leaves.
You may also add pulpy fruits like banana, strawberries or mangoes to the yogurt and blend it to have fruit flavoured lassi (with no added sugar).
I try to use homemade yogurt made out of full cream milk for preparing lassi. This gives me the best consistency for the drink. However, you may use store-bought yogurt too.
A glass of lassi always brings me back the sweetest memories of my university days in Banaras. In every corner of Banaras, you will find a lassi shop. Since it has now been more than two years that I have visited the good old city, I really long to go and spend sometime there, watching the sun set on the banks of the Ganga, munch on the mouth watering street food and catch up with old friends. Let’s see when I can revisit Banaras in the near future, nevertheless the glass of lassi is my joy right now!