Lassi Yogurt Drink

A tall, cold glass of lassi is a delicious way to use that wonderful goat milk yogurt that you just made. Kids will love the sweetened varieties for a summer treat that's just as tasty, and much healthier, than a milkshake.

Homemade yogurt, without the extra thickeners and additives of commercial yogurts, makes a much better-tasting yogurt drink, in my opinion. How to Make Yogurt will tell you how to easily make your own yogurt at home.

Feel free to experiment with the proportions of ice, yogurt and milk or water to make your refreshing drink thicker or thinner as you like.

This traditional Indian drink has three varieties: salty, sweet, and fruit flavored. The end of this article will also give you ideas for creating your own, unique flavors.



Salty Lassi

Salty

In a blender, mix:

  • equal parts of plain yogurt and cold milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt per cup of yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice per cup of yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds per cup of yogurt
  • 1/2 as much ice as yogurt

Serve in a chilled glass with an optional garnish of plain yogurt and sprinkle of cumin.


Sweet

In a blender, mix:

  • a cup of plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk or water
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • sweetener to taste: sugar, honey, sugar substitute
  • a pinch of salt

Blend well, then serve in a chilled glass with yogurt or mint leaf garnish.


Fruit

While mango and pineapple are the traditional Indian fruit flavors, there are many other delicious choices that work well.

I live where blueberries are abundant in the summer, and blueberry yogurt drink is absolutely delicious. Strawberry and peach are also two of my favorites. Although fresh fruit is usually best, you can substitute frozen or canned fruit if needed.

To make a fruit yogurt drink, mix the following in a blender:

  • 2 cups of plain yogurt
  • 1 cup of fruit
  • 2 cups of ice
  • sweetener as desired


Other Flavors

The cold, creamy tartness of fresh yogurt makes a wonderful base for experimenting with other flavors and additives to create your own unique yogurt drink.

Don't be bound by tradition--create your own! Here are some out-of-the-box ideas to get you started:

  • coffee flavored (use instant coffee granules or cold, brewed coffee)
  • flavored syrups, e.g., hazelnut, cherry, vanilla, almond, etc.
  • caramel or chocolate
  • fresh herbs and spices such as mint, anise, nutmeg, etc.
  • vegetable juices, such as tomato or V-8

The possibilities are virtually endless, so start creating your favorite flavor combinations today!

Or, for an even better idea--At your next summer gathering, have the kids hold a contest, and reward the inventor of the best-tasting and most original creations. You may just discover a hidden creative genius!


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