Yogurt or buttermilk is widely used in India to prepare various drinks, savory dishes and desserts too. It is also used in temples for “Abhisheka” or sacred oblation to the gods. For many South Indians yogurt/curd rice is a must at the end of every meal.
Lassi is very popular in North India where it is often served with parathas as a part of a complete meal. Lassi is generally yogurt based and can be sometimes mixed with fruits, nuts and spices as well. It is a perfect cooling drink for summertime with the goodness of yogurt.
I remember during my visit to Bombay now called Mumbai many years back, my cousin took me to a place that served authentic Punjabi lassi. It was very rich, sweet, creamy and decadent.
I make lassi at home as an accompaniment to parathas and spicy foods. One of the easiest drinks to make but very nutritious as yogurt has calcium which is good for bone health. It is also rich in probiotics which can benefit gut health as well.
Let’s make lassi.
- 2 cups yogurt from whole milk
- Salt to taste, I use kala namak
- 1 tsp roasted cumin powder, reserve few pinches
- ½ tsp dried mint powder, reserve few pinches
- 1 tsp sugar, optional
- 4 tbsp heavy cream, whipped optional
Whip cream using a whisk or hand mixer for 2 minutes.
Using a blender, blend all the ingredients except cream.
Pour into glasses and top with cream and reserved cumin and mint powders. Serve chilled.
If you like a balance of sweet and salt you may add sugar or else just skip it.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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