When I moved to the US, about twenty years ago, I was introduced to a mango lassi! I fell in love with the sweet fruit pulp mixed in with yogurt. I have to say, though, that I never drank it growing up. I am not sure how traditional Indian a mango lassi is. When I was growing up, there were two types of lassis - sweet with sugar and salty with spices and mint. I do remember drinking a lot of mango milkshakes but no mango lassis.
Today, I wanted to share with you a recipe for a salty lassi that is a perfect antidote for this hot weather we are having. Make it, drink it and come and tell me all about it!
[RM]This is a spicier version of the North Indian Lassi, or yogurt drink. It helps with digestion and is great served after a heavy meal.
2 cups plain yogurt
1 cup water
1/2 Serrano green chili, seeded (optional)
1/4 inch-piece peeled ginger
Table salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds, roasted and ground
Garnish with mint or cilantro leaves
In a blender, blend the yogurt, water, chilies and ginger. Add salt to taste. Blend again. Serve garnished with the herbs and sprinkled with cumin seeds.