Mint-flavored Salted Lassi

20 Apr

Beat the heat with this cool drink – mint-flavored salted lassi. For those new to Indian cuisine, lassi is a popular yogurt-based drink that may be had sweet or salted. When sweet, it may contain sugar, honey, and fruit like mangoes. When salted, it is usually flavored with a set of spices and herbs. Lassi can be served along with the main meal like lunch or dinner, or as an evening drink.

This recipe combines the goodness of mint, cumin and pepper with lassi.

You Need:

  • Fresh plain yoghurt – 2 cups
  • Fresh mint leaves – a small bunch
  • Pepper corns – 6
  • Roasted cumin powder (bhuna jeera) – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ice cubes – 8

How To:

Pluck mint leaves out from the stems, wash well. Place the mint leaves and pepper corns together in a blender, and churn till they are well-ground.

To the blend, add yoghurt, black salt, roasted cumin powder and churn again. Finally put in the ice cubes and give it one last spin.

Pour mint-flavored salted lassi into glasses and serve immediately. [This recipe serves two; adjust the proportions for more.]

Notes:

  • I don’t add any white salt to this drink – kala namak (black salt) is salty enough.
  • I use the watery portions of homemade yogurt for salted lassi as I like its texture to be light. If you prefer it thick, put in chilled creamy curd and cut down on the ice cubes.
  • Lassi too heavy for you? Try the lighter buttermilk with curry leaves, ginger and mint.

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