~ 3 Traditional Indian Lassi Recipes ~

~ Traditional Indian Lassi ~

mango Lassi
The famous Indian yogurt drink that is smooth, creamy, and absolutely heavenly! There are many variations of lassi, which is basically a blend of cultured diary kefir or yogurt mixed with fresh fruits and/or herbs. If the yogurt or kefir is ready made, this great refreshing drink can be made in minutes. The lassi drink can be used as a before meal appetite enhancer or after a meal as a dessert beverage.

Lassi is a popular traditional dahi (yogurt) based drink that originated in the Indian subcontinent. Lassi is a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit. Traditional lassi is a sweet savory drink, sometimes flavored with ground and roasted cumin. Salty lassi, however, contains salt and other spices, instead of sugar. It is important to use fresh yogurt/kefir that is not sour tasting.

Main Ingredients: Dahi (yogurt), fruits, cream, sugar, water, and spices

Mango Lassi

lassi mango
– 2 Ripe mangos, cut, seeded, and diced
– 2 cups of yogurt or milk kefir
– ¼ to ½ cup of jaggery (A raw India sugar) or cane sugar

Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse until blended.
Pour into glasses and serve. Garnish with a mango slice and a sprig of mint.

Mango – Mint Lassi

mint lassi
It’s a great take on the famous Mango Lassi that you tend to see at various Indian restaurants because it takes the flavor to a higher and much more complex level. This can also be done with only mint, if desired, just double the amount of mint leaves used.

– 1 Ripe mango
– 3 tbsp brown or jaggery sugar
– 2 tbsp chopped mint leaves
– 1 tsp ground star anise
– 1 tsp ground cardamom
– 1 tbsp lime juice
– 2 cups fresh yogurt or kefir
– whole mint leaves for garnish

Blend the mango, brown sugar/jaggery, chopped mint, star anise, cardamom, lime juice, and yogurt in a blender on high speed until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with fresh mint sprigs to serve.

Strawberry Mango Lassi

lassi strawberry
This is a fruity twist to the traditional lassi.

– 300 to 350 gr of strawberries, remove hulls and steams
– 1 to 1.5 cups of chilled yogurt
– 2 to 3 tbsp heavy cream
– 6 tbsp of sugar or raw honey
– 1 to 2 tsp rose water
– Sliced strawberries for garnish

Prepare the strawberries, mix with the honey or sugar, and blend until smooth.
Next, add the fresh yogurt and rose water, pulse until a smooth lassi is created.
Serve the strawberry lassi immediately. Garnish with a strawberry and/or mint leaf.

lassi yogurt  Lassi is a great way to use yogurt/kefir and a different way to use it over making smoothies. Above is three classic lassi blends, there are so many ways to make lassi with a favorite mix of fruits and spices.
Let the imagination go wild with flavor combination!
Enjoy!

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KimChi Slaw w/ Cilantro & Lime Recipe #5

kimchi w red cabbage ~ KimChi Slaw w/ Cilantro & Lime Recipe 5 ~
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This recipe uses an already made kimchi to make into a quick slaw.  It’s great for those who like kimchi but can’t handle the heat or for those who have not had kimchi before.  It combines the bold flavors of kimchi with cilantro, lime, and mild heat.  The slaw is versatile as a side salad/condiment for barbecue, with fried chicken, or even a hot dog topping.
Mix with shredded chicken for a quick main entree.
Use a neutral oil to have the dressing to coat the slaw.

Preparation time – 10 minutes – Makes 4 servings


Ingredients Needed…

red caabbage
– 4 cups shredded red or green cabbage, or a mix
– 1 ½ cups Daikon Radish Cube Kimchi
– 4 green onions, thinly sliced diagonally
–  A bit of grated carrot for color
– ¼ cup chopped cilantro
– Juice of ½ lime
– ¼ cup kimchi juice
– 1 tbsp of natural oil, optional
– 4 tbsp of fresh shiso leaf, optional

red cabbage % cilantro
Directions…

– Mix the cabbage, kimchi, green onions, cilantro/shiso in a large bowl
– In a separate bowl, whisk together the lime and kimchi juice. Then slowly mix in the oil until incorporated.
– Now pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss to coat. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate a few hours to allow the flavors to meld.

red cabbage kim chi
Enjoy this quick and easy kimchi slaw to add flavor to an entree, snack, or as a side condiment.
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