From Classic to Creative: How to Make Lassi?

Written by: Kaushik Jethva

Last Updated: September 2, 2023

a glass of sweet dry fruit lassi on a background
A glass of sweet dry fruit lassi on a background

Lassi, the iconic Indian beverage, is a testament to the Indian culinary genius that can transform simple ingredients into a drink that’s a treat for the senses. From the sweet lassi of Punjab to the masala concoctions of North Indian streets, this refreshing drink stands as a testament to the diverse flavors India brings to the table. Let’s embark on an exciting journey on how to make Lassi the traditional Punjabi way!

1 The Origin of Lassi

Lassi is deeply rooted in the Punjabi culture, and the sweet Punjabi lassi is a hallmark of this. Historically, lassi was consumed to combat the searing heat of North India and keep oneself hydrated. With time, it has seen numerous variations, but its essence remains unchanged.

Not only is lassi a refreshing drink, but it also packs a punch when it comes to nutrition. Lassi rich in probiotics from the yogurt can boost digestion. Plus, the nutrition calories aren’t excessive if you manage your ingredients right. Store-bought yogurt can sometimes contain additives, so for a purer lassi, use homemade yogurt or whole milk yogurt.

2 Classic Sweet Lassi Recipe: How to Make Sweet Lassi

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of whole milk yogurt (preferably homemade curd)
  • 2-3 tbsp powdered sugar (adjust to taste)
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • Few ice cubes
  • Water or milk for consistency

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, take the whole milk yogurt. Fresh yogurt works best. You can opt for homemade yogurt or store-bought yogurt. Full-fat yogurt or full-fat curd ensures a creamy lassi, although low-fat yogurt can be used for a lighter lassi.
  2. Add powdered sugar. Ensure you mix well until the sugar dissolves. For a natural sweetener, you can use coconut sugar.
  3. Toss in a pinch of ground cardamom.
  4. Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth and frothy. You want the consistency to be smooth.
  5. Adjust consistency with chilled milk or water. Remember, the key is to serve lassi chilled. Using chilled yogurt can enhance the coldness.
  6. Pour into glasses, garnish with slivered almonds or fresh mint, and serve.

3 Salted Lassi Recipe (Masala Lassi)

sweet lassi made up of curd and milk and sugar
Sweet lassi made up of curd and milk and sugar

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh yogurt or plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Combine the yogurt, salt, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala, and ice cubes in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Serve chilled, garnished your salty lassi with a sprinkle of cumin powder.

4 Mango Lassi Recipe

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Mango lassi is arguably the most famous fruit lassi variant, merging the creamy lassi drink with the king of fruits.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh yogurt
  • 1 cup ripe mango pulp
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar (or coconut sugar for a healthier option)
  • A pinch of ground cardamom
  • Few ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Add yogurt, mango pulp, sugar, cardamom powder, and ice cubes into a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and frothy.
  3. Serve lassi immediately in chilled glasses.

5 Punjabi Sweet Lassi vs. Other Variations

different flavours of lassi
Different flavours of Lassi
  • Rose Lassi: A fragrant variation made by adding rose syrup or rose water.
  • Strawberry Lassi: Blend in fresh strawberries for a berry twist.
  • Chocolate Lassi: Drizzle in some chocolate syrup for a dessert drink vibe.
  • Dry Fruits Lassi & Kesar Lassi: Enriched with chopped nuts, dry fruits, and saffron strands, this is a rich and indulgent version.

6 Not in the Mood for Sweet? Try Salty & Masala Lassi

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain yogurt (can be Greek yogurt for a thicker lassi)
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Chaat masala (optional)
  • Few ice cubes

Blend everything until smooth, and there you have it – a salty or masala lassi, perfect for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. Remember to use sour yogurt for the salty version.

7 Making Your Lassi Vegan

Switch out the milk yogurt with almond or soy yogurt and use vegan sugar. This makes the lassi vegan without compromising its authentic taste.

8 Enhancing Your Lassi

  • Creamier Lassi: Add a dollop of fresh cream or vanilla ice cream.
  • Texture: Dry fruit lassi is not just about the added taste. The texture of the dry fruits and chopped nuts gives the drink an added dimension.
  • Refreshing: Add a hint of fresh mint.
  • For Dessert Lovers: A scoop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of chocolate syrup can make the lassi rich and dessert-like.

9 Nutrition & Calories in Lassi

A standard serving of sweet lassi made with whole milk yogurt might contain saturated fat. However, opting for low-fat yogurt can reduce the nutrition calories. The nutrition facts lassi recipe boasts include being a source of probiotics, calcium, and more.

10 Wrapping Up

Lassi is more than just a drink; it’s an emotion for many. It represents the Indian summer, the north Indian hospitality, and the beverage cuisine of an entire subcontinent. Whether you like the plain lassi, the creamy lassi variants with fresh cream, or even the fruit lassi options, there’s something for everyone.

So, the next time summer’s heat becomes unbearable, remember this guide, grab that yogurt, add a few ice cubes, and make lassi – the drink that has been quenching India’s thirst for centuries. And always remember, the best lassi is served chilled and with a lot of love. Cheers!

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