I’m finally back home, the place where I belong, where I was born and brought up – Mumbai. After a long 8 yrs of travelling and living out of a suitcase, not knowing where the next destination will be, it feels good to be grounded. Of course being in Mumbai at this time of the year also means dealing with the scorching heat. A whopping 35 C is good enough to give you a heat stroke, and the minute you step outside, you want to run just right back in. In such days, you cannot really think of food, but only of chilled drinks to hydrate you and give you that energy to go on. Lassi’s have always been a local favourite and mine too. Been brought up on the salted kind and never a big fan of the sweet ones. But ever since I discovered smoothies, I figured sweet lassi’s are India’s answer to smoothies. And ever since I never hesitate to make me one. Below are a couple of my favourite. I always use fresh probiotic yogurt, bring in the friendly bacteria to help the body. You may find the need to add a minus a few ingredients to suit your taste. Not everyone likes it the same, also the quality and thickness of yogurt varies from country to country, so go ahead, try them out and make the teeny weeny adjustments you like. But let me tell you this, nothing is more satisfying – not even ice cream, nothing can beat heat like a chilled glass of homemade lassi !!!!

Roasted Almond Lassi

  • 5o gms Salted Roasted Almonds
  • 100gms Fresh Probiotic Yogurt
  • 200 ml Chilled Water
  • Salt to taste

First dry grind the salted almonds in a coffee grinder and set aside. When ready, mix together in a juicer blender the dry powder with the yogurt , salt, water and cubes of ice. Give it a good whizz and serve immediately.

Mango n Ginger Lassi

  • 1 Mango
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Dry Ginger Powder
  • 100 gms Fresh Probiotic Yogurt
  • 150 ml Chilled Water

Peel and stone the mango. Puree the flesh of the mango and then add it to the juicer blender with the rest of the ingredients + some ice. Blend it well and serve immediently

Fig Lassi

  • 2 Figs
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 100 ml Fresh Probiotic Yogurt
  • 200 ml Chilled Water

Puree the 2 figs and then blend with ice, yogurt, sugar and water. Blend well and serve right away.

Spiced Mint Lassi

Ingredients

  • 30 Mint Leaves
  • ½ a Green Chilli ( the hot kind)
  • 100 gms Fresh Probiotic Yogurt
  • ½ tsp Cumin powder
  • ½ tsp Dry mango powder
  • ½ tsp Fresh Ginger Juice
  • Few drops of Lime
  • 150 ml absolutely chilled water
  • salt to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a juicer blender with a couple of cubes of ice. Give it a good whizz till all the mint has broken down. Serve immediately.

Avocado Lassi

  • 1 Avocado
  • 100 ml Probiotic Yogurt
  • Salt n Pepper to taste
  • Squeeze of lime
  • 200 ml Chilled Water

Stone the avocado and scoop out the flesh. Make sure the avocado is absolutely ready/ripe and not hard. Puree the fruit and the blend in with the rest of the ingredients. Serve chilled over cubes of ice.

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Can I have all of them? Cool pic of lassiiiii. :)

Wow…Can I have all of them? ;) Cool pic of lassiiiii. :)

What a beautiful assortment of lassis! I’ve never encountered anything but mango lassis and am intrigued by the different more savory flavors. These sound perfect for a hot summer day.

welcome home!

i love your lassis

So are you going to be staying in Mumbai now or is it just a visit.
I have never been a fan of sweet lassie, always loved the savoury ones. But i think i would love to hav ethe one with mango and ginger.

Oh I forgtot to tell you love the new look of the place.

The almond and the mint lassi sounds fabulous. and the mango ginger.. oh well all of them :-D the picture itself is cooling me down.

Good to hear you are all back in Mumbai Kate…All those lassis look refreshing!

Ann

Awwww- you left Ghana for good (tears…)?
Awesome, awesome pics. I’ve only had sweet lassi, so like others said, bravo on introducing savoury ones.

aha! spiced mint the other green one is avocado :D they look wonderful and refreshing (I also like anything green LOL)

they’re so pretty!

they’re so pretty! i love lassi.

Lovely! I need a glass of this!

What a gorgeous selection of lassi! Lovely!

Cheers,

Rosa

Kajal I am so glad you are back and I am in Lassi Heaven. I make a sweet one and a salty one but never the fig or mint of ginger one!!!Thanks–I love lassi–I make mine with yogurt-rose water-honey-ice cubes and blend–sometimes a bit of buttermilk for the more salty one. Have a great weekend. Melanie

Joy

Beautiful Kajal — I love Mango Lassi. Collin is actually going to Mumbai tomorrow. He just looked up the current temps 110 F!!!! Too bad I cannot pack him a lassi for him to take along… These look so refreshing I am very curious about the spiced mint lassi.

Gorgeous click Kate! The lassi’s look irresistible!

Your lassi looks amazing! Good that you’re back in Bombay! I discovered your blog when you’d written a post long ago about your trip here and something about Santacruz market! It will be so good to meet you in person!

Hello Kajal, first time here, enjoying the lassi assortment..best to beat the hot summer

Welcome back to India. Yes, its awfully hot but these are delightfully cooling.

They all look good but I’d like to try the avocado lassi please :)

Welcome back! You know, I’ve never even heard of a salted lassi before, but you made them all look so refreshing! (Much hotter than 35C now, here.)

These look absolutely amazing…so refreshing.

Andrea

Always searching for a new variety of lassi. I go through a lot of yogurt! i have never really had occasion to have the savory kind. Try adding a pinch of garam masala to a sweet lassi. Also cucumber and strawberry is really good!

OMG Kajal you are amazing! What cute glasses too.

Welcome back, Kajal! I agree, this year has been impossibly hot, and it’s all set to become worse. Anyway, those lassis look like a great relief, something I wish I had at this very moment!!

Beautiful photo and very healthy drinks! Delightful.

MPG

those look so delicious…now if we can only get some warm weather here, i’ll make each one of these…actually the mango is exactly what i make :) the shot is beautiful!

MPG

those look so delicious…now if we can only get some warm weather here, i\’ll make each one of these…actually the mango is exactly what i make :) the shot is beautiful!

These lassies look absolutely delicious! I must try one of these.
I think I’ll go for the avocado one :)
Magda

I love lassi’s! Although I didn’t even know you could have them savoury rather then sweet… I just recently had a lovely lychee lassi made for me which I will be posting about soon. Loved it! Love Indian food in general..

Welcome back :-) Love all the version of lassi, have to try them all…looks delicious for the hot weather.

Hrishali

Hey Now you’re talking. We were just thinking of making lassi last nite!!
gotta make some now…..
Glad to hear you’re back in Mumbai!
H

Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

What a great collection of Lassi recipes… I must try some of them! :)

Wow, I love all of these lassis. I think I’ll start with the minty one. The color appealed to me right away.

Wow, I love all of these lassis. I think I\’ll start with the minty one. The color appealed to me right away.

liz

Wow, gorgeous blog you have here! It’s so hard to get that kind of lovely reflections on drink glasses – these look so refreshing. Just added you to my reader!

The lassi pictured here don\’t just look pretty, they also sound really good!

I\’ll need to whip some of these up soon. I especially like the avocado one. Thanks for the recipe.

I am a huge sweet lassi lover….these shots of your beautiful presented lassi make me super thirsty and nostalgic of home. I know how amazing lassi can be when the temperature is so humid.

love the almon and avodaco lassi recipes, you added such cool additions to lassi making! nice

Wow.. Looks so delicious.. and beautiful snap.. thanks for sharing :)

I love lassi. Mango and banana are my absolute favorites, but yours look so amazing. I am really interested in the salty version. The photos are absolutely beautiful!

Prerna

delightful

Sam

These look insanely great. What happens if you leave the hot green pepper out of the mint lassi? Have you ever tried to use one of these as a garnish for soup?

My rooomate and I made vegan mango lassi\’s a couple weeks ago and they were delicious, but I am so excited to try these out! Especially the avacado. I love avocado but have always been skeptical about using it as an ingredient in a dessert… an avocado popsicle changed my mind and now I can\’t wait to make this!

myfudo

Mouthwatering during these hot, humid summer days. It is hard to choose which to try first! I’m going with the avocado first. Thank you for the recipes.

myfudo

Mouthwatering during these hot, humid summer days. It is hard to choose which to try first! I\’m going with the avocado first. Thank you for the recipes.


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