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You might be wondering what Lassi is- lassi is a refreshing blended yogurt beverage with digestive properties that is very popular in India. It is said that it was first made around 1,000 BC in the Punjab region). They mix yogurt, water and all spices together to create this wonderful drink. There are many varieties (including salty flavors) but today I’ve brought you something sweet.
Did you know that Indians drink Lassi to offset the effects of spicy food? The fat in yogurt removes capsaicin (the spicy component of chili peppers) and is much more helpful than water.
Yogurt- A Superfood!
The key to this recipe is choosing an organic natural yogurt, one without sugars or sweeteners and no flavorings. I recommend Greek yogurt because it has a much creamier texture and it has several benefits: it lowers blood pressure, is more filling, improves intestinal health, prevents osteoporosis… and much more!
Mango Lassi is the most well-known, but you can make this Indian drink with any fruit, although the most ideal in this recipe are dense fruits like- papaya, banana, melon… Today, I chose apricots as the main flavor but I also added in some banana, which as you may know, is my favorite way to sweeten dishes plus it gives me more energy and the drink a great texture.
The spices are what make this drink exotic and what gives it it’s digestive properties.
Cardamom and ginger detoxify the liver, aid digestion and reduce oxidative stress (powerful antioxidants). These spices are commonly what’s used when making Lassi but you can try others such as cumin or pepper.
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
- 2 cups Water (optional- it depends if you want a thicker texture or not)
- 1 + 1/2 ripe Banana
- 5 pitted Apricots
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Flavored Oatmeal Powder
- 1/2 tsp Powdered Cardamom
- 2 tsps Honey
- 2 tsps Freshly Grated Ginger
- 1/2 lemon (in juice)
- 1 pinch of Salt
Put all the ingredients in the blender.
Blend until creamy.
In India they drink it right away, but if you prefer a more cooling version you can put it in the fridge and enjoy it later.