Pudina Lassi, a salted yogurt based smoothie or lassi as we Indians call it, is a great choice for a appetizing drink, especially in summers. It can be either a sweet lassi or salted lassi. On a hot sunny day it is only natural to quench one’s thirst with a tall glass of Pudina Lassi or Chaas. It’s a cooling savoury yogurt drink to beat that heat.
I prefer my blended yogurt with some freshness of mint added and spices like cumin seed, black salt. I love the aroma of black salt in this drink. Both yogurt and mint (pudina) are body coolants and so their combination would double the cooling properties in this traditional drink.
This drink is made by churning yogurt with water in a blender or traditional Indian wooden churner mixed with spices and coarsely blended mint leaves.
Whenever you are throwing a festival celebration lunch, serve this Pudina Lassi to the guests after or before the meal… they’ll love it.
|Tip: You can serve the lassi in earthen glasses or cups which gives a very nice aromatic smell to the drink.|
|Tip: Tempering (tadka) this drink with mustard seeds and curry leaves adds another layer of flavour to it.|
|Tip: Buttermilk tastes best when serve chilled.|
Ingredients for Pudina Lassi
- 1 cup curd (yogurt)
- 8 to 9 chopped fresh mint leaves
- 1.5 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
- Rock salt or black salt as required
- Ice cubes
Method for making Pudina Lassi
- In a blender add all the ingredients including the pudina leaves and blend till smooth.
- Serve Mint Lassi in tall glasses with some ice cubes.
I read a different variation of pudina lassi somewhere quite a long time back which was something like “Avacado and Cucumber Lassi”, and I think the recipe was similar to something like this recipe on RealBuzz.com I found today.
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