Is lassi the best drink in the world or what?!!!
So refreshing! And by lassi I mean sweet lassi. But people also love salty lassi of course, especially with saag. I also love it with halwa poori, and it is the drink for hot afternoons! I love the frothy foam on top and the cold, dairy taste. Milky drinks definitely have a smooth, soothing taste.
Ramadan is here, and it is hot! I’m all for badaam ka sharbat for iftari- it is wonderful- but in the peak of summer, when you have to fill yourself with liquids in the very short time between iftari and sehri, I feel that badaam sharbat can be a bit heavy. Lassi is light, and for an even lighter drink, you can make it with water instead of milk. Swirl in some mint leaves for an even more refreshing taste!
It is also really versatile- it can be really thin or really thick, sweet or salty, flavored in many different ways with cumin, saffron, nuts, or fruit, depending on how you like it. Lahore is famous for its pera lassi, or lassi that has khoya (milk fudge) at the bottom and is topped with a dollop (or pera) of freshly made butter. A dairy delight! Ok, I guess it sounds a little rich- but Punjab is the dairy capital of the country, and people are very fond of fresh, loaded milk products.
This recipe is for just a basic sweet lassi. I suppose you could also blend in a few mint leaves into the drink, but I haven’t been brave enough to try it!
Meethi Lassi Recipe (Makes about 2 cups)
- ⅔ cup yogurt
- 1 cup cold water/skim milk
- ½ cup crushed ice
- 2 tbsp sugar (I like it really sweet!)
- dash of salt
- pinch of green cardamom powder (optional)
- fresh mint leaves
Blend the yogurt, water (or milk), ice, salt and sugar in a blender, pour into tall glasses and garnish with fresh mint leaves.
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