(Salty yogurt or buttermilk drink)
Lassi is a most popular drink throughout India, where it is valued for its
taste and nutritional value. Lassi is a great drink to make for large
gatherings. You can prepare it quickly and leave it to chill, well in
advance of serving time.
Preparation time: 10 min
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, roasted and ground
4 cups (950 ml) plain yogurt or cultured buttermilk
3 cups (700 ml) water
3 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoon salt
crushed ice (optional)
Reserve a pinch of the ground cumin and mix all the other
ingredients together with a whisk or electric blender. Pour the mixture
into glasses (with or without crushed ice). Garnish with the pinch of
ground cumin. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
A tasty variation for namkin lassi is made by adding 1 oz (25 g) of fresh
mint leaves. Put several mint leaves aside for the garnish. Mix all the
other ingredients (except the ice cubes) in an electric blender, until the
mint leaves are chopped fine. This should take about 30 seconds. Then add
the ice cubes and blend again until the beverage becomes frothy. Pour the
mint lassi into glasses, each garnished with mint leaves.
To make plain lassi combine the yogurt or buttermilk, the ground cumin,
and the water. Beat it to a smooth consistency with a whisk or electric
blender. Pour this mixture into glasses of crushed ice and serve.