Classic sweet and salty mint lassi

Classic sweet and salty mint lassi

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I Love India
Makes
6
Photographer
Martin Poole

This classic sweet and salty mint lassi is very popular in the northern Punjab, where field workers used it to replenish their bodies with both salt and sugar while refreshing and cooling themselves with buttermilk, mint and cumin seeds. Easier to digest than milk and yogurt, buttermilk is considered a light and healthy way to get your dairy, but most of us now blend together yogurt and water until we have a light frothy lassi. I always thought it would be a good idea to make lassi floats – the slight sourness of the lassi had to be a great foil for the ice cream – and they really work a treat; complex but easy, and more sophisticated than a soda float. These are now a favourite fun dessert when friends come round with their children. For an extra dimension, make it into a falooda, a colourful part-drink, part-dessert that you eat with a spoon. It is delicious, and lighter than many puddings!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
180g plain yogurt, or if it is quite tart, add just 150-160g and adjust it at the end
or 150-160g adjust at the end
120ml water
2 teaspoons sugar, or to taste
pinch salt
1/3-1/2 teaspoon roast and ground cumin seeds
2 tablespoons shredded mint leaves
or 2 tablespoons dried mint, crumbled in to taste
crushed or shaved ice, to serve

Method

  1. Blend together the yogurt, water, sugar, salt, cumin and half the mint. Stir in the remaining mint, taste and adjust the sugar and yogurt. Chill, before serving with crushed or shaved ice.

Roast and ground cumin seeds

  • Place the cumin seeds in a small dry frying pan over a medium heat and stir just until they turn a shade darker and smell aromatic. Remove and grind to a powder in a mortar or pestle or a spice grinder.
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