Lassi 1, A Sweet Yoghurt drink
Lassi is a delicious cool drink from North India. It is especially good on a hot summer day! Many of our friends ask for it when they visit us on a hot day! People here in UK add all kinds of flavours and fruits to it, but for me, the plain traditional one is the best. More creamy your yoghurt, tastier it is. Makes 2 glasses
1 cup yoghurt
1 1/2-2 cups water
1/4-1/2 cup sugar or to taste. Use sweetener for diabetics.
2-3 cubes of ice per glass
Put all the ingredients, except ice, in a blender/liquidizer and give a quick whiz.
Put ice cubes in chilled, tall glasses. Pour lassi on top of the ice cubes and serve with drinking straws.
Thick creamy yoghurt makes the best lassi but I make mine with skimmed or semi-skimmed milk yoghurt and it still tastes lovely.
You can flavour lassi with rose essence, kewra (screw pine) essence, saffron, vanilla or green cardamoms. For saffron, first soak it in 2-3 tablespoons of warm water before adding it to the lassi to lassi.
Kewra (screwpine) is a sweet smelling Indian flower and its essence is often used in Indian puddings.