My favorite thirst quencher on a sunny day would be a bottle of chilled water, straight from the fridge – just pure and clear water with no sparkle. On other days, I can shift from soda to fruit punch to beer to lassi. I don’t have any favorite drink but every now and then, I like to try them all.
Few weeks back, I loved the ginger ale, then I fell for Orange Crush and these days, I am hooked to lassi!
Lassi, which looks very much like smoothie, is a yogurt based traditional Indian beverage that can be served sweet or salty. A salted (namkeen) lassi has a blend of spice mixes like roasted cumin, cayenne powder or mint. A sweet (meethi) lassi is usually flavored with cardamom, saffron, rosewater and has a very rich flavor.
And then there is fruit lassi, for which we go crazy during summer.
Inspired from Lakshmi’s blog, I decided to blend some mixed berry lassi. Even though I had no plan to photo-shoot, looking at the gorgeous berries and the color of lassi, I just couldn’t stop!
Typically, a fruit lassi is creamy and sweetened with honey or sugar. However, I made it a little salty, a little sweet, more diluted than usual and since I absolutely love the flavor of cumin in yogurt, that went in there too; pan-roasted, roughly crushed cumin.
If I were to share only the recipes which hubby loved, then this drink probably shouldn’t have appeared over here. His sweet tooth asked for more of sugar/honey minus the cumin. While he had one glass explaining me how authentic fruit lassi should be, I happily finished rest of the three glasses.