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Lassi is a cooling and refreshing drink to have in the summers. It is a yogurt based drink and very popular in the northern parts of India. Lassis are either sweet or savory.

Sweet Lassi is made by churning yogurt along with sugar, ground cardamom and saffron(extra richness) and also flavored with different fruits(especially mango).

Savory/Salt Lassi is made by churning yogurt along with salt, roasted ground cumin, ginger juice and mint leaves.

Note:

1) Make sure the yogurt is not sour.(very important)

2) Water can be added to dilute the Lassi.(I have not added water as I wanted it to be thick)

3) Try to use hand mixer/whisk to churn the lassi as it provides a unique taste and frothy texture when compared to a blender.

Step 1: Basic Lassi

Ingredients

1) Yogurt / Curd - 1/2 Cup

2) Sugar - 2 Tbsp (as per taste)

3) Ground Cardamom - 1/2 Tsp

4) Saffron/ Kesar - a pinch (optional)

5) Ice cubes

Method:

1) In a bowl, add the yogurt, sugar, ground cardamom, saffron and beat it using a hand mixer.

2) Then add ice cubes and beat it till turns frothy.

3) Pour it in a glass and sprinkle some saffron on top and serve.

Step 2: Mango Lassi

Ingredients

1) Yogurt / Curd - 1/2 Cup

2) Sugar - 2 Tbsp (as per taste)

3) Ground Cardamom - 1/2 Tsp

4) Saffron/ Kesar - a pinch

5) Chopped Ripe Mango - 1/4 Cup (frozen or fresh)

6) Ice cubes

7) Chopped Almond for garnish

Method:

1) Grind the chopped mango with 2 tsp of yogurt into a smooth paste in a blender.

1) In a bowl, add the mango paste, remaining yogurt, sugar, ground cardamom, saffron and beat it using a hand mixer.

2) Then add ice cubes and beat it till turns frothy.

3) Pour it in a glass and sprinkle some chopped almonds on top and serve.

Step 3: Strawberry Lassi

Ingredients

1) Yogurt / Curd - 1/2 Cup

2) Sugar - 2 Tbsp (as per taste)

3) Chopped Strawberry - 1/4 Cup (frozen or fresh)

4) Strawberry syrup - 1 Tsp

5) Ice cubes

Method:

1) Grind the chopped strawberry with 2 tsp of yogurt into a smooth paste in a blender.

2) In a bowl, add the strawberry paste, remaining yogurt, sugar, strawberry syrup and beat it using a hand mixer.

3) Then add ice cubes and beat it till turns frothy.

4) Pour it in a glass and garnish with some chopped strawberry on top and serve.

Step 4: Mint Lassi

Ingredients

1) Yogurt / Curd - 1/2 Cup

2) Salt as per taste

3) Ground roasted Cumin - 1/2 Tsp

4) Fresh Mint leaves - handful

5) Ginger juice - 1/4 Tsp

6) Ice cubes

Method:

1) Grind the fresh mint leaves with 2 tsp of yogurt into a smooth paste in a blender.

2) In a bowl, add the mint yogurt paste, remaining yogurt, salt, ground roasted cumin , ginger juice and beat it using a hand mixer.

3) Then add ice cubes and beat it till turns frothy.

4) Pour it in a glass and sprinkle some ground roasted cumin on top and serve.

Enjoy the different varieties of Lassi either sweet or savory !!!

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