Friday, October 10, 2008

Refreshing Custom Lassis

A lassi is apparently an Indian yoghurt beverage that has made it to this country, in a limited way, since here they are not big on dairy products. In addition to being delicious & nutritious, they are very filling. Once we were in a coastal resort town and went to a little restaurant. I ordered a lassi while waiting for our meal. It was good, so I ordered another one. By the time our meal came, I couldn’t eat much of it! This filling quality makes a custom lassi a good quick breakfast.
The classic lassi contains lime juice, cumin, and black pepper, and maybe some other stuff as well. For variations, put one cup of plain yoghurt in the blender with any of the following:
1 cubed, pureed mango and juice of 1 lime
1 cup apple juice and 1 t cinnamon
1 cup orange juice and 1/8 t nutmeg
¼ cup sliced strawberries
1 ½ T nutella or another chocolate/hazelnut spread (such as “Crumpy”)
1 cup hot chocolate
1 cup sweetened coffee (plain coffee is not recommended)
A hot lassi will get frothy like a cappucino when you blend it, but if allowed to sit will separate out. To restore the creamy texture, simply stir it.
If you don't have a blender, you can also make these lassis with a minute or two of energetic stirring with a long-handled spoon.

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