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:Print
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- 1 cup of yogurt
- 4 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon of cardamon powder
- ⅛ teaspoon of rose essence
- ½ cup of crushed ice
- ½ cup of water
- Blend all the ingredients together.
- Pour into a tall glass from a height so it becomes frothy.
- Garnish with chopped nuts, cardamon powder or saffron strands.
- Serve immediately.
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Check out other summer drinks like Jal Jeera here.
Ishieta AT Isheeria's says
I am very particular about my Lassi, as each place has it's own recipe! but i have to agree, the best is, and has always been the Lassi's in Amritsar - there is something special and different about them!
I love lassi but prefer the salted one without any sugar and with some cumin 🙂
I love lassi. With Bangalore so hot these days, I'm making lassi everyday with or without mango 🙂
I've never had Lassi but often make smoothies using a yogurt base. I bet I would enjoy a lassi.
Vidya Sury says
I just drooled all over my keyboard. I love lassi especially with a generous helping of malaai! Very yummy, and fabulous photos, Shalini! Happy Vishu to you!
Mocktail Mommies says
Just looking at the pic made me yearn for some ice cold lassi!!! Extremely tasty & cool drink for chilling during the summer heat.
Oh look how creamy! Yumm!
Yummy.. i am loving all the public Jani recipes you are posting. I make lassi everyday and we all love it. My mom also used to make salt lassi as many ppl prefer salt to sugar.
I love lassi! And with malai on top of it, it adds even more magic to it!
I love lassi top with a thick layer of cream. Sinful but totally yum!
Vishal Bheeroo says
Mouth watering Lassi help us beat the excruciating heat and have a preference for Ayur products which us healthy and relieves us of the heart. Have you heard of someone called Monsieur Singh in US? He makes herbal lassi and once, I interviewed him for a magazine.
Reema D'souza says
Lassi is my summer must have! It is my go to drink after a walk in the sun!
Roma Gupta Sinha says
Lassi is a must have in summers every morn for us. I use the same recipe though I don't add salt. Any particular benefit of it buddy ??
Roshan Radhakrishnan says
Yes. Much like the jal jeera you featured, this too is an excellent option to counter dehydation and loss of nutrients, especially in this heat wave.
Vinay Leo R. says
I like the earthen pots you've put them in, T. 🙂 Looks yummylicious and refreshing.
There's a shop nearby called Lassi Shop too. Should try the lassis from there this weekend, I guess.
Shailaja Vishwanath says
This is making me want to make a tall glass of lassi right away! Perfect for the summer heat in Bangalore. Your pictures, Shalu! Oh my gosh!
This post has now made me crave Lassi real bad. Which is okay, considering the recipe is included. Now only to get over my lazy ways, and get in the kitchen.. 😛
Menaka Bharathi says
That container is beautiful, I have some too, but I use it to give Badam Milk, nice idea. Lassi - next time.
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