Lassi is a very popular Indian yogurt-based drink. This beverage is available all across India during all times of the year, for all seasons.
It’s really a blend of yogurt, water salt, or sugar and it has many regional names like lassi, chaas, majjiga, and buttermilk. We have variants of buttermilk like salted (namkeen) and sweet (lassi). There is another variety with fruits like mango lassi, strawberry lassi, chocolate lassi, and dry fruit lassi and last but not the least, the very famous and delicious falooda.
Salted lassi has a few variants like mint-flavoured, ginger, and cumin. It is also flavoured with coriander leaves and pepper powder. Lassi a perfect summer drink and also benefits our health in numerous ways. It helps us to aid digestion, stomach problems, and is rich in probiotics, improves bone health, boosts immunity, and is also good for the skin. Lassi which has good bacteria ensures a healthy gut. The calming effect of lassi can prevent sunstrokes as well.
Apart from Lassi, many recipes can be made with yogurt like shrikhand and mishit doi and savoury recipes like dahi vada, khadi pakora, raita, and curd rice and is added in many curries as well as it is a good source of calcium. Yogurt is also used in many chaat like dahi poori, dahi papdi, dahi bhalla, etc.
Here’s a simple recipe which can be tried at home:
Serves: 4 members
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Ginger flavoured buttermilk
• Curd: 6 tbsp
• Salt: as needed
• Ginger pieces: 1/4 tsp finely chopped
• Green chilli: 1 finely chopped
• Curry leaves: 1 reed finely chopped
• Ice: as required
• Cumin powder: 1/4 tsp
*To a mixie jar, add finely chopped ginger pieces and 1 finely chopped green chilli.
• Add curry leaves, and 3 tbsp of curd and blend them well.
• Add a pinch of salt, some ice if desired. Add a glass of water, strain it and serve it.
• Tasty and delicious buttermilk is ready.