it tastes delicious when blended with yoghurt and apricots.
An Indian smoothie combines a nutritious drink with South Asian flavours and influences.
While some smoothies are inspired by India, there are some which originate in the country. One which comes to mind is lassi which is very popular.
But, as people are more open to experimenting with food, Indian flavours are making their way into smoothies.
As a result, there are some unique tastes and textures within smoothies. They may be quite obscure but they are delicious as the flavours of the fruits, yoghurts and spices complement each other well.
There are yoghurt-based smoothies as well as fruit-based ones which will appeal to different taste preferences. However, they are simple to make.
We have seven Indian smoothie recipes which you can try out. All of them do not take up a lot of time.
Pomegranate & Chia Seed Smoothie
Smoothies are an enjoyable way of including fruit and vegetables into a healthy diet and this pomegranate and chia seed recipe is one of the tastiest.
The combination of the slight sharpness from the pomegranate and the nutty flavour of the chia seeds is unique but it makes for an ideal pairing.
The addition of yoghurt makes the smoothie creamier and more filling while the honey sweetens the refreshing drink.
- 2 cup plain yoghurt, chilled
- 1½ cups pomegranate kernels
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp pomegranate kernels
- ½ tsp chia seeds
- Grind the chia seeds in a grinder into a fine powder. Place the powdered chia seeds into a blender along with the rest of the main ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Place into a fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving. Pour the chilled mixture into tall glasses and serve with pomegranate kernels and chia seeds.
This recipe was adapted from Archana’s Kitchen.
Dragon Fruit & Yoghurt Smoothie
Including dragon fruit makes for an Indian-style smoothie as it is popular in India and it is eaten in different ways.
As a smoothie, it tastes delicious when blended with yoghurt and apricots.
The creaminess adds texture while the apricots add sweetness to the usually bland fruit.
It is a healthy and refreshing smoothie that is ideal to have when starting the day.
- 1 Dragon fruit
- 2 Apricots
- 2 tbsp yoghurt
- ½ cup milk
- 1½ tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp cornflakes
- Ice cubes
- Prepare the dragon fruit by peeling it and cutting it into chunks. Place into a blender.
- Remove the seeds from the apricots and dice. Place into the blender.
- Sprinkle in the sugar and the yoghurt and milk. Blend the ingredients until the consistency starts to go smooth.
- Add the ice cubes and cornflakes for an extra crunch. Blend the mixture again until it becomes smooth and silky.
- Pour into serving glasses and garnish with some cornflakes if you like.
This recipe was inspired by NDTV Food.
Not only is this delicious smoothie refreshing and cooling, but it is also a rich source of Vitamin C and other minerals.
It is also a versatile drink as different fruits can be swapped. For example, avocado can be changed for a banana if you prefer. Both thicken the smoothie but will add a different flavour.
When added to kiwi and almond milk, the result is a sweet and slightly nutty flavoured drink.
One thing to note is the consistency. If you feel it is too thick, add a little more milk or use more fruit for a thicker consistency and blend again.
- 1 Kiwi, ripened
- ½ Avocado or ½ Banana
- ½ Pear or ½ Apple, peeled and chopped
- ½ cup almond milk
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 Ice cubes
- Peel the kiwi and thinly slice. Meanwhile, scoop out the flesh of the avocado and roughly chop into medium-sized chunks (Remove the peel from the banana and slice).
- Pour the almond milk into a blender. Add the kiwi, apple/pear and avocado/banana.
- Blend for a few seconds then add the ice cubes and sugar. Blend the mixture until it becomes smooth and the sugar has fully dissolved.
- Pour the smoothie into tall glasses, garnish with a slice of kiwi and enjoy.
This recipe was adapted from Food Viva.
Chai-Spiced Banana Smoothie
In terms of Indian-style smoothies, this is one of the more authentic as it is a smoothie with the warming flavours of Indian chai.
The flavour, when mixed with bananas, creates a substantial and filling drink which is an alternative option to the more conventional smoothie flavours.
There is also the option to include a little black pepper for some heat. While some prefer a thicker consistency, more milk can be added to make it thinner.
It has a smooth texture but the inclusion of almond butter only makes it more velvety and adds a hint of nuttiness.
- 2 Bananas
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
For the Chai Spice mixture
- 2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 2 tsp cardamom powder
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- A pinch of ground black pepper
- Make the chai spice mixture by mixing the ingredients together in a bowl. You can store it in an airtight container for up to three months.
- Slice the bananas and place into a freezer until they are firm and cold.
- Place the ingredients into a blender. Remove the banana slices from the freezer and add to the blender. Blend until smooth, adding more milk until the mixture reaches the desired consistency.
- Pour into serving glasses and top with chopped nuts or extra chai spice if you like.
This recipe was inspired by One Lovely Life.
Spiced Watermelon Smoothie
This fruity smoothie is made with refreshing watermelon and mint leaves but it is also flavoured with Indian spices.
The spices have a warming effect while the watermelon is hydrating. It makes for an ideal Indian-style smoothie to have.
Roasted cumin powder and black salt give it a sharbat-like taste. Sharbat is a popular Indian drink made from fruit.
The combination of flavours makes it a drink which is perfect to have during the summer.
- 4 cups watermelon, cubed
- 9 Mint leaves
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp roasted cumin powder
- 1 tsp black salt
- A pinch of black pepper
- ½ tbsp sugar (optional)
- Remove the watermelon seeds and place the cubes into a blender.
- Add the whole mint leaves and pour in the lemon juice. If the watermelon is not sweet enough, add sugar until it is at your preferred taste.
- Sprinkle in the cumin powder, black salt and black pepper. Blend until it reaches a smooth consistency.
- Add a few ice cubes to tall glasses before pouring in the watermelon smoothie.
This recipe was inspired by Spice up the Curry.
Lassi is basically an Indian yoghurt smoothie and is a favourite within Desi households. Mango is the most popular flavour.
It is a perfect summer drink and the sweet flavour is what makes it so enjoyable.
This particular recipe calls for fresh mangoes as the taste is so much greater, but you can use canned mango pulp.
- 2 Large mangoes
- 1 cup yoghurt
- 2 tbsp sugar
- ½ cup cold milk
- ¼ cardamom powder
- Saffron strands, to garnish
- Scoop out the mango flesh and place into a blender. Blend until smooth and set aside.
- In a bowl, add the yoghurt, milk and mango pulp. Mix together.
- Add the sugar and cardamom powder. Use an immersion blender to ensure everything has fully combined.
- Pour the mango lassi into tall glasses and place in the fridge to chill before serving. Garnish with saffron strands and serve.
This recipe was inspired by Cook with Manali.
Dates are a popular fruit in India and a date smoothie is another way to enjoy them. This smoothie has a very thick consistency, it is almost like a milkshake.
It is a simple Indian-style smoothie to make and both dry and wet dates can be used.
It is preferred to use seedless dates but if you do have seeds, ensure that they are removed. To make the smoothie even more creamy and cooler, add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream when blending.
- 10 Dates, seedless
- 3 cups milk, chilled
- ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 Scoop of vanilla ice-cream (optional)
- Place the seedless dates into a blender. (If they have seeds, remove them first before placing into the blender).
- Pour in the chilled milk and add the cinnamon powder.
- Blend into a smooth consistency. Add the ice-cream for a richer texture.
- Pour into glasses and garnish with chopped dates.
This recipe was inspired by Hebbar’s Kitchen.
These seven Indian-style smoothie recipes ensure that there is something for everyone. Some are fruit-based while others are primarily made up of yoghurt.
While some incorporate Indian flavours and spices, other smoothies like lassi is a popular Indian drink.
Most of the drinks use hardly any ingredients and take hardly any time at all. The result is a delicious and refreshing drink.
While it is easier to buy a readymade smoothie, one made yourself is more authentic as you have control of the ingredients which can be adjusted to your preference.
These step-by-step guides will make sure you cannot go wrong. So what are you waiting for, try them out?