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  • 10 Delicious Lassi Flavours to Enjoy

    A refreshing glass of lassi is the perfect accompaniment to a hot sunny day. DESIblitz presents some yummy and delicious lassi recipes for you to try.

    10 Delicious Lassi Flavours to Enjoy

    This unique recipe combines sweet chocolate, cocoa, Nutella and creamy yoghurt

    A cooling drink for hot summer days, a delicious glass of lassi is a favourite in every Desi household.

    A traditional drink enjoyed in rural areas of India and Pakistan, lassi is made up of natural yoghurt or curd.

    This is mixed with water or crushed ice for a satisfyingly refreshing Desi smoothie.

    A healthy drink, lassi is also thought to aid with digestion.

    But while many of us are used to the classic plain yoghurt drink with a little sprinkling of salt or sugar, there are so many incredible variations of lassi that you can try.

    DESIblitz presents some great tasting lassi flavours for you to enjoy.

    1. Mango Lassi

    Perhaps the most popular lassi flavour, this Desi smoothie combines one South Asian favourite, mangoes, with another.

    The method of making mango lassi is pretty simple.

    Take one cup of plain yoghurt, half a cup of mango pulp or fresh mango pieces and blend together with one cup of crushed ice.

    If too thick, add a little water and three tablespoons of sugar.

    For an even more healthy version, try a vegan friendly mango lassi which uses ground up chia seeds instead of dairy.

    10 Delicious Lassi Flavours to Enjoy

    2. Strawberry Lassi

    Another refreshing take on lassi is strawberry lassi, for a mix of sweet and sour notes. Here’s the recipe:

    Ingredients:

    • 3 1/2 cups fresh strawberries
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 2 cups plain yogurt
    • 1 cup crushed ice

    Mix strawberries with sugar, cardamom, and a pinch of salt in a blender. Add yogurt and ice, then blitz until smooth.

    3. Spiced Kiwi and Mint Lassi

    Lassi can also be made with milk in addition to yoghurt for a thicker, smoothie-like consistency. Spiced milk is a Desi favourite, where milk is simmered with cinnamon and cardamom. Then add mint and kiwi for a refreshing kick.

    Get the recipe here.

    4. Chocolate Lassi with Toasted Almonds

    This unique recipe combines sweet chocolate, cocoa, Nutella and creamy yoghurt for a tangy smoothie drink. The lightness of the yoghurt make for a strangely refreshing chocolate taste that you’ll fall in love with.

    Indulgent and topped with toasted almonds, this recipe takes lassi to a whole new level. Try it here.

    10 Delicious Lassi Flavours to Enjoy

    5. Caramel Espresso Lassi

    There’s no reason why lassi can’t have a kick to it. The caramel espresso lassi uses yoghurt, milk and syrup. Plus your favourite black coffee for a caffeine boost.

    This lassi recipe also works brilliantly as a Western inspired Desi dessert. You can find the recipe here.

    6. Masala Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 3 cups plain yoghurt
    • 1 cup cold water
    • 1 fresh green chilli
    • ½ tsp ground cumin seeds
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Fresh coriander or mint leaves
    • Crushed ice

    Blend yoghurt and water in a mixer. Add in chilli, cumin, salt and pepper and blend thoroughly.
    Pour over crushed ice and garnish with cumin powder and chopped mint before serving.

    7. Rose Lassi with Chia Seeds

    Recipe adapted from The Urban Spice.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup yoghurt
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 7 to 8 ice cubes
    • 2 tbsp. rose petal preserve (gulkand)
    • 2 tbsp. rose syrup
    • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
    • 2 tbsp. of milk
    • 1/2 tsp rose water
    • 1/3 tsp saffron strands
    • Sugar to taste

    To make, soak the chia seeds in milk for 15 minutes. In a blender, mix yoghurt, water, gulkand, rose syrup, rose water, saffron strands and sugar together with ice cubes.

    Pour into a glass and top with chia seeds and garnish with saffron strands.

    10 Delicious Lassi Flavours to Enjoy

    8. Kesar Lassi

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups yoghurt
    • 3 tsp sugar
    • 1/4 tsp saffron
    • 1 tbsp hot water
    • Cardamom

    Mix together saffron and hot water and leave for 10 minutes. Mix the rest of the ingredients together, add saffron water and serve.

    9. Papaya and Honey Lassi

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup yoghurt
    • 1 papaya
    • 1-2 tbsp. honey
    • Cinnamon or cardamom
    • 4-5 ice cubes

    To make, add all the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth. Garnish with cinnamon or cardamom and serve.

    Recipe adapted from 24 Carrot Life.

    10. Ginger and Pineapple Lassi

    Ingredients:

    • 3/4 cup yoghurt
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
    • 2 tsp ginger
    • 1 tsp honey
    • Cardamom
    • 4-5 ice cubes
    • Fresh mint

    To make, mix together yogurt, milk, pineapple, ginger, honey, cardamom, and ice and blend together. Serve in a glass and garnish with mint. See the full recipe by Turnip the Oven here.

    Healthy and delicious, these lassi flavours are the perfect refreshment for any hot occasion. Because lassi is such a versatile drink, you really can mix almost any ingredients and flavours together.

    Be sure to let loose and experiment with some of these different flavours for a yummy, refreshing lassi drink.

    Priya adores anything to do with cultural change and social psychology. She loves to read and listen to chilled music to relax. A romantic at heart she lives by the motto 'If you want to be loved, be lovable.'

    Images courtesy of Cook Republic, The Urban Spice and 24 Carrot Life



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