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.
2. Strawberry Lassi
Another refreshing take on lassi is strawberry lassi, for a mix of sweet and sour notes. Here’s the recipe:
- 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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
8. Kesar Lassi
- 2 cups yoghurt
- 3 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp saffron
- 1 tbsp hot water
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
- 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
- 3/4 cup yoghurt
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
- 2 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp honey
- 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.