Summer has finally arrived, bringing its hot, sweltering weather with it. During this time of season we all would just like to sit back and relax with a cool refreshing drink. While you are sitting down, enjoying your delicious Indian food, a perfect summer weather drink Jackson Diner offers is the classic Lassi.
What is Lassi?
Lassi is a yogurt drink that is made by blending together yogurt, water, and spices until frothy. It is good for fighting that summer heat and comes in a variety of plain, sweet, salted, spiced or with fruit such as the Mango Lassi. India being a culture associated with milk have considered this drink to be healthy, wholesome, and delicious. This probiotic thirst quencher has also been used in villages to prevent sickness by being taking multiple times a day.
Different parts of India specialize in the various forms of this drink:
Traditional Lassi: This is made with yogurt and spices, usually cumin. The yogurt is whisked with water and combined with the cumin to a delicious frothy state. For a more mild version lemon juice and mint can be added with the inclusion of less amount of salt.
Sweet Lassi: This form of lassi does not use spices and instead sweetens the yogurt mixture with sugar or rosewater. Fruit juices can also be used such as lemon or strawberry.
Mango Lassi: Mangos are fruit right? Why is it separate from “Sweet Lassi”? This is because Mango Lassi is a combination of yogurt, water and mango pulp. This rich, sweet drink has another version with all the ingredients blended with ice cream and served with pistachio seeds on top.
Lassi is a classic drink in Indian culture. Next time you enjoy your warm Indian food be sure to try this refreshing drink as well.