Lassi is a popular sweet yogurt-based drink from Punjab, India. It is flavored with cardamon, sugar, salt, spices and sometimes seasonal fruits. A traditional Punjabi lassi is salty, but sweet and savory lassi is equally preferred.
Lassi is the pride and joy of Punjab and is popular across the Nothern states including U.P., Delhi, and Rajasthan. You can find street vendors selling Lassi in earthen pots or matkas. This is because, in olden times, yogurt was stored in clay pots which would keep it cold.
Lassi is a great summer drink, for it’s refreshing and rejuvenating and cools your body down. It helps quench your thirst and beat the summer heat. You can give a delicious makeover to the traditional sweet Lassi by preparing Mango Lassi, Badam Lassi, Chocolate Lassi, Strawberry Lassi and the likes. The first time I’ve had a tall glass of this hard-to-resist sweet drink was when I visited Amritsar, Punjab. It was sweltering summer and a sip of Lassi made it my instant favorite.
How to make a Classic Lassi at home in 5 minutes:
All you have to do is blend together yogurt, salt, sugar, little cardamon powder and water and some crushed ice. Serve this frothy drink in a tall glass immediately. Nothing like a chilled glass of Lassi to cool down on a hot summer day!
Health Benefits of Lassi:
Lassi is a comforting Ayurvedic drink. The active bacteria in yogurt helps in easy digestion. It also cools down your body and hydrates you from within. Lassi is a dairy product and is abundant in calcium. It also gives you instant energy and man, you can brave the world!
Recipe for Lassi:
Check out other summer drinks like Jal Jeera here.
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