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
– 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
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
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 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!
1 teaspoon rice vinegar or 1 teaspoon other vinegar
1 teaspoon oregano
4 -6 Greek pita breads
olive oil (for cooking)
lettuce and tomato Directions…
1. To make gyro “meat” cut tempeh into thin strips 1/2 – 1.5 cm in thickness works well.
2. Next make tempeh marinade with all ingredients listed under “Gyro Tempeh”.
3. Pour the marinade over the tempeh, make sure all surfaces are covered and place in fridge to marinate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
4. Next, make Tzatziki- combine all ingredients listed under Tzatziki. Stir well and also place in fridge to sit for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
5. When you are ready to eat, set the Tzatziki out to warm slightly while you cook the tempeh.
6. Heat a large skillet with 3-4 tbsp olive oil and heat over medium, once heated place tempeh strips in and let them cook until each side is golden brown.
7. Remove tempeh from pan, and one at a time heat the pitas over medium heat until warmed on each side.
8. Then layer your gyro (pita, tzatziki and tempeh) then top with lettuce and tomato.
Sounds like a great recipe for fermentation!
It has yogurt in the mix and you may ferment or use fermented chilli, too! The mangoes could be fermented the day before, too, however cooking will kill off the pro-biotics. Happy Culturing…
Mango –1 Cup Chopped
Curd / Yogurt – 1 cup
Water – As required
Salt – To taste
GRIND to a PASTE…
Fresh Grated Coconut – 1/4 Cup
Green Chilli – 1
Jeera (cumin) – 1/4 teaspoon
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Coconut Oil – 1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
Red Chilli – 2
Curry Leaves – a spring
– Peel and chop mangoes. Heat 1/2 cup water in a wok. Bring to a boil and add in the chopped mango chunks.
– Add in salt to taste and cook until the mango is cooked.
– Add all the ingredients listed under ‘grind and paste’, blending them into a smooth paste, add water if needed.
– Add in turmeric powder. Cook for 2 minutes in low flame.
– Take the thick yogurt curd. Beat until you get a smooth consistency. Add to the mango mixture. Cook for few minutes. Remove from heat.
Heat oil in a tampering pan. Add all the ingredients listed under ‘for tampering’ and saute them.
Add the tampered contents into the ‘gravy’ and mix them slowly.
Delicious Pulissery is ready to eat. Serve hot with steamed white rice. Enjoy!
In the culturing world, one of the biggest varieties of culture starters are of the yogurt type. The type of yogurt starters we carry are mesophilic, which means they can culture and ferment at room temperature and are able to be used as a starter, repeatedly!
Each yogurt starter makes a delicious homemade yoguurt that is ideal for the home food culturist. No need of boiling and cooling milk before use or incubating your yogurt starter in a warm oven or home yogurt maker for hours before it will set. These yogurt starters are mesophilic yogurts or room temperature culture starters. In about 12-24 hours, these yogurt starters will have set and made tempting homemade yogurt, which after chilling, is ready to be flavored, eaten plain, or made into fresh pro-biotic cheese. No need for the extra expense and bother of a home yogurt maker
or heating mats to produce a finished product.
Tanekin kefir-yogurt starter contains live active bacteria and cultures at room temperature on the counter: no yogurt maker required! One packet of our yogurt starter can be used to make unlimited amounts of homemade yogurt as it can be serial cultured, reserving a small amount of yogurt from the current batch to inoculate the next batch of homemade yogurt. With care, this yogurt culture can be used to make homemade
style yogurt indefinitely.
Our Tanekin yogurt starter makes a wonderful cultured beverage. Originating from Japan, it has a number of uses including making an excellent base for salad dressings, healthy breakfast, or at anytime of the day. This yogurt culture can also be added to milk and consumed as a dairy beverage. Doing so adds beneficial cultures to the milk and many people feel it helps replace beneficial
bacteria lost during the pasteurization process.
LångFil is a style of Filmjölk with a characteristic long and almost elastic texture due to Lactococcus lactis var. longi, a strain of bacteria that converts the carbohydrates in milk into long chains of polysaccharides, which cause the long consistency. Traditional comes unflavored only. More common in northern Sweden. Sometimes eaten with ground ginger. Has been in the Swedish language since 1896. Långfil is a dying product, gradually disappearing from stores’ shelves.
Its mild flavor makes an excellent base for dressings and smoothies. – Cultures at 70-78°F, no yogurt maker required!
– Reusable culture with care a little from each batch can be
used to make the next batch.
Matsoni yogurt (pronounced Madzoonee) is also known in Japan as Caspian Sea Yogurt. A slightly tart yogurt, Matsoni is excellent sweetened with a bit of honey or served with fruit. Matsoni yogurt has a thick viscous consistency, what is known as ‘ropy’.
This yogurt is easy to make and requires no heating for culturing. Just add the culture starter to fresh milk and allow it to sit for 12 to 24 hours. After this time, you will have healthy yogurt ready to eat. With proper care, the Matsoni/Caspian yogurt culture can be used to make homemade yogurt indefinitely. Just save some of the last batch as a starter for the next batch.
This buttermilk, organic grown culture, allows you to make fresh homemade buttermilk without all the additives in commercial products. Homemade buttermilk can be used for baking, drinking or can be added to cream to make crème fraiche (European-style sour cream) or cultured butter. The taste of this real buttermilk culture cannot compare to the thick, super tart commercial
brands that are found in the stores.
This culture starter is easy to maintain just add some of the starter to fresh milk and allow to set for 12 to 24 hours. Once ‘setup’ the culture is ready to consume or used in your favorite recipes. Make buttermilk pancakes or biscuits that will be the best you ever tasted by far! Recipe here
Buttermilk culture contains the following lactic acid bacteria: Streptococcus Lactis. With proper care, the Buttermilk culture can be used to make homemade cultures milk indefinitely. Just save some of the last batch as a starter for the next batch.
Our Piima yogurt starter makes a thin cultured beverage. Originating from Scandinavia, it has a number of uses including making an excellent base for salad dressing, cultured butter or for making Piima cream (a sour cream type condiment). This yogurt culture can also be added to milk and consumed as a dairy beverage. Doing so adds beneficial cultures to the milk and many people
feel it helps replace beneficial bacteria lost during
the pasteurization process.
Mild flavor, makes an excellent base for dressings and smoothies – Very thick beverage-like consistency – Cultures at 70-78°F, no yogurt maker required! – Reusable culture with care a little from each batch can be used to make the next batch
The flavor is mild, not tart, and it forms a creamy, thick honey-like texture. This culture starter is also ‘ropy’, but not as much as the Matsoni. Each culture becomes the starter for the next, so make sure to save some for your next batch. Use soymilk, plain or flavored, and dairy viili culture for a virtually dairy-free soy drink. We recommend making your soy viili in a different container than your dairy viili to keep a pure culture. You can also make viili cream cheese, plain or with fresh herbs.
Over 215 years old, this viili culture is and still going strong!
Start a yogurt tradition yourself.
Customer Comments: “After talking with a brewer at Organic-Cultures, am very happy with the viili product. Growing up in Finland, this yogurt culture is the same as my grandmother would make each day…very happy!” Dave, NY, NY
Very active culture on arrival. Very mild tasting, excellent “ropey” texture, just what I was searching for! – Jane R., San Diego, CA
At breakfast buffets in Sweden, it is served from a large bowl with a ladle and is found for sale in every store that sells dairy products. Each culture becomes the starter for the next, then the next, etc. Any pasteurized milk from nonfat to half-and-half may be used.
Dairy Fil Mjölk starter and soymilk makes a rich cultured soy drink. Directions for the Fresh Fil Mjölk Starter explain the easy, moderate room temperature culture method, how to keep a starter going, some simple soft cheese recipes, and a soymilk variation.
Also known as Crème Fraiche or European Clotted Cream if made with half-and-half; a close relative and good substitute for Piima.
Our Amasi yogurt starter makes a thin cultured beverage. Originating from Africa, it has a number of uses including making an excellent base for basting meats, addition to dishes, or drank like a beverage. This yogurt culture can also be added to milk and consumed as a dairy beverage. Doing so adds beneficial cultures to the milk and many people feel it helps replace beneficial bacteria lost during the pasteurization process.
Lactobacillus Bulgarian bacteria is used to make traditional yoghurt in Bulgaria. It was first identified in 1905 by the Bulgarian doctor Stamen Grigorov. The bacterium feeds on dairy lactose and produces lactic acid, which helps prolong the milk’s shelf life.
Lactobacillus Bulgaricus is named after Bulgaria – the country where it was first discovered and used. The bacteria is freely found in the nature of Bulgaria. When cultured into milk and under certain conditions the bacterium causes natural lactic acid fermentation, leading to what we call yoghurt.
Note: This is not a direct sit yogurt and requires a temperature
controlled time frame to form the yogurt.
About Different Yogurt Strains…
As a mesophilic yogurt culture, this yogurt starter cultures at room temperature. To make a batch of homemade yogurt, the yogurt culture is simply added to milk, stirred, and then allowed to culture on the counter before being placed in the refrigerator.
This yogurt culture can be serial cultured: a small amount of homemade yogurt from the current batch is reserved to inoculate the next batch of homemade yogurt. With proper care, the piima yogurt culture can be used to make homemade yogurt indefinitely. Just save some of the last batch as a starter for the next batch.
Our yogurt starters are maintained on organic cow’s milk, packaged and shipped fresh to you. We send enough starter to get you making you own culture, plus some for a backup.
Today we shall look at some recipes for pro-biotic drinks from traditional Indian food culture. Yoghurt or buttermilk plays an important roll in Indian cooking. Bringing richness to a dish and helping to cool down a chillies heat in an entrée.
Yoghurt type drinks, called Lassi, and herbal teas add not only pro-biotics but also the medicinal properties of the herbs added.
Here are three Lassi drinks to get you started:
2 c water
½ c of plain yoghurt of your choice
2 tablespoons of sugar (or to taste)
½ tsp fresh, grated, ginger or ¼ tsp dry ginger
½ tsp ground cardamom
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1-2 minutes. Adjust sugar to taste and dosha. Doshas are part of Ayurvedic medicine system with the goal of keeping the body in correct balance. This lassi is good for all body constitutions and has a heating effect on the body.
2 c water
½ cup cultured yoghurt of your choice
2 tbsp of sugar
1 drop rose water
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1-2 minutes
Good for all body types but especially balancing for pitta dosha types.
This is a great drink for heading off colds and flu’s. It provides inner heat and energy to the body when needed. This is one of my favorite medicinal drinks for taste and easiness in preparation. The jalapeño milk is not as hot as the name sounds. The milk and sugar will mellow out the chillies heat.
People are surprised by the amount of energy it gives!
Start with 2-5 fresh jalapeño chillies
8 oz cultured yoghurt or milk
Raw honey or unprocessed sweeter, to taste
Chop the jalapeños and blend with the milk. Blend for least 5 minutes. The long blend time, ensures the chilies are incorporated and helps to froth the milk. Add sweetener and blend for a few seconds. Adjust the sweetener to taste. Strain and enjoy!
We hope you like these drinks as a change from the common yoghurt smothies here in the USA. Yoghurt style cultures are avalible in our store: store.organic-cultures.com
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