Traditional Indian lassi is a very simple recipe; a blend of natural yogurt, cold water, sugar and salt. It’s a wonderfully refreshing and cooling drink which probably explains why it’s a favourite amongst people in India, especially during the hot seasons.
Due to its high content of healthy gut bacteria, drinking lassi is thought to aid digestion and alleviate digestive issues such as bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. It is also believed to aid some symptoms of cystitis if taken early enough.
In this recipe, I have substituted sugar for banana. There are lots of other fruit that you could try, e.g. mixed berries or mango. This lassi makes a fantastic, healthy breakfast and you can add your own mix of nuts or seeds as a topping.
Ingredients (for 2 large glasses)
300g natural yogurt
1 or 2 cardamom pods
Pinch of salt and pepper
A few pistachios
Using a pestle and mortar, crush the cardamom pods up. Discard the green outer case and crush the seeds to a powder.
To a blender add the yogurt, banana, cardamom powder, salt and pepper. Add around a cup of cold water and blitz it all up. Traditionally, lassi has quite a watery consistency but if you like it thicker add less water. If you don’t have a blender, this mixture can be made up just as easily by whisking for a few minutes until you see bubbles forming on the top.
Pour the lassi in to glasses and sprinkle some crushed pistachios and flaked almonds on the top.
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