Lassi floats and faloodas

Lassi floats and faloodas

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I Love India
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
480g chilled plain yogurt
400ml water
5 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
crushed ice, to serve
6 small scoops of ice cream, (try lemon curd, strawberry, vanilla, fruity frozen yogurt or any other that you love)

Method

  1. Blend together the yogurt, water and sugar until light and frothy. Adjust the sugar to taste; the amount you need depends on how sour the yogurt is.
  2. Pour into glasses furnished with some crushed ice.
  3. Add small scoops of your chosen ice cream or frozen yogurt. Leave for 5–10 minutes, then serve.

For the falooda

  • Soak 5 tbsp black chia seeds in milk to cover for 20 minutes, or until they plump up. Cook 80g falooda sev noodles (Indian cornflour noodles available in Indian stores), or some thin rice noodles, according to the packet instructions. Mix these together with a little coloured syrup (grenadine, violet or more traditional rose syrup). Divide the noodles and syrup between glasses; there should be 1 tsp-ish of the syrup per glass. Add the chia seeds on top, then follow the recipe above.
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