I learned about a new beverage this week: the Lassi. Actually, it’s just new to me, because it’s a traditional beverage from India and I’m sure it’s been around a long time! A Lassi is an easy-to-make healthy yogurt drink and I discovered this beverage (and the recipe I’m sharing below) in my review copy of Kombucha, Kefir, and Beyond. It’s a guide to making probiotic beverages at home. And that appeals to me because I really like Kombucha and Kefir, but it can get expensive if you buy them a lot. So making your own at home sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it?
There’s a lot of information in this book–it goes into the basics of what fermentation means and why it’s good for you, the kind of equipment and accessories you’ll need, and then starts off with some easy recipes–”Five-Minute Recipes”–which include a few sweet and savory Lassi recipes, Salty Fermented Lemonade or Limeade, and some other beverages. Then the book gets into making Starters and Master Recipes for Kombucha and Kefir, which are a little more involved. There are also recipes for Vegetable Drinks, healthy sodas, ciders, and wines. I’m still going through it all, so that’s why I’m sharing one of the easy recipes with you! If you have an interest in making your own fermented drinks, this could be a helpful guide for you.
The Lassi reminds me a little of a yogurt-based smoothie. One thing you’ll want to know about this recipe is that it is not very sweet. The book does not say to add any sweetener, but I found some other Lassi recipes that use honey as a sweetener. So, if you like your yogurt drinks on the sweeter side, try adding a few teaspoons of honey to this recipe!
PINEAPPLE LASSI from Kombucha, Kefir, and Beyond
Makes 2 servings
- 1 cup plain, full-fat yogurt store-bought or homemade
- 1 cup water or high-quality, full-fat milk
- A few ice cubes
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
- 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple (or pulp of 1 mango, which comes to about 1 cup)
Blend the yogurt, water (or milk), ice cubes, sea salt, cardamom (if using) and pineapple (or mango) in a blender on high speed for about 30 seconds or until nice and frothy. If not completely blended, repeat until smooth. Serve with more ice if desired. (Note: I added a few teaspoons of honey to the Lassi I made–try it without any sweetener first–you can always sweeten it to taste!)
Do you drink Kombucha or Kefir? Have you ever tried making them?