If you’re searching for a great summer drink and want something other than the now-ubiquitous smoothies and iced coffees, then you should definitely give the yogurt-based Indian lassi a try.
Cooled down and infused with aromatic herbs and spices, it will refresh your senses, and quickly become one of your favorites.
Besides its cooling effect, lassi is the perfect drink to temper the effects of a hot and spicy meal, such as the one outlined in my last post.
The ingredients responsible for the burning sensation in your mouth are oil soluble, and therefore, guzzling water never has a lasting effect.
The natural fat content of yogurt (which is the basis of this drink) will help to dissolve the capsicum, or the chemical responsible for the hotness found in hot peppers.
The basic recipe offered below is easy to make, and it can be varied in countless ways. You can mix water or milk with yogurt in a ratio of 1:1 or 1:2.
By choosing the first version, your drink will be more liquid. If you use sparkling water instead of milk, it will have a fluffy and lighter consistency.
The interesting thing about this kind of shake is that you can mix up sweet as well as salty varieties (sometimes called Namkin). If you’ve never had a salty, spicy drink before, then you should definitely give this one a try!
It is also fun to get creative and start experimenting with the ingredients. I really had a ball mixing fruits like strawberries with mint, or lemon with basil.
Below is a basic lassi recipe that you can adjust to any flavor that suits your fancy. I have also added a mango version, which is a popular and tasty combination, as well as a version of Namkin for you to try.
Click here for more mango ideas.
If you prefer your drink to be lactose-free or vegan, just replace the yogurt with an alternative made of soy, almond, or coconut, and mix with sparkling water or a milk replacement. No matter how you make it, serve fresh and chilled for a wonderful cooling effect.
About Nina-Kristin Isensee
Nina lives in Iserlohn, Germany and holds an MA in Art History (Medieval and Renaissance Studies). She is currently working as a freelance writer in various fields. She enjoys travel, photography, cooking, and baking. Nina tries to cook from scratch every day when she has the time and enjoys trying out new spices and ingredients, as well as surprising her family with new cake creations.