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Lassi: a typical Indian drink

Lassi is a natural drink typical of Hindu culture. This has important health benefits and is also quite refreshing, so it has become a popular drink in different parts of the world. In this article, we explain how to prepare it and tell you about its properties.

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Recipe

Lassi is a traditional refreshing drink from India that has centuries of history. There are numerous varieties, both sweet and savory, but the most widespread is that of mango. The ingredients to prepare it are the following:

  • 1 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped mango
  • Ground cardamom
  • Sugar

Its preparation is easy and fast. You just have to blend (with a blender or in the Thermomix) all the ingredients until it is foamy (you can add water to make it more liquid). Then it is put in the fridge to cool and it is ready to serve.

On the other hand, if we want to try a salty lassi, we can make it with salt, cumin and ground pepper. In this way, it can be a drink that accompanies the main meals.

Vegan people can also enjoy a lassi. They will only have to replace the dairy products named above with soy yogurt and oat milk or rice.

Properties

Lassi contains numerous beneficial properties for our health. The most basic is that it fights dehydration, making it an ideal drink to drink in summer.

Also, help the digestive systemIt contains probiotics, prevents heartburn and regulates constipation or diarrhea. It is also good for the immune system.

As for its nutritional properties, this drink contains calcium, proteins, dairy ferments, carbohydrates and vitamins A, B, C, and D.

History

Lassi is consumed in India, especially in the north, since thousands of years, it is thought that it began to be developed around the year 1000 a. C. The area where it originated is Punjab.

This drink along with turmeric was prepared to combat stomach problems. In addition, it helped fight against hydration and was also used to counteract the spicyness of some dishes.

Turmeric is a spice used in countries like India, where it is used as a coloring of curry and other foods.

Also, even today it is still part of some religious rituals in the country, as well as food ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. It used to be taken at room temperature, but now it is served cold.

Types

As we have indicated above, there are innumerable different types of lassi that can be tested. The one that most attracts attention to tourists visiting India is the bhang lassi, which carries cannabis and is consumed in some religious holidays in the country.

Another type is lassi masala, which is made with black pepper, cumin and ginger. Also, some of the most used main ingredients are the following:

  • Banana
  • Strawberry
  • Coconut
  • Pineapple
  • pumpkin
  • Papaya

As you can see, it is possible to use your favorite fruit or some salty ingredient, so thanks to the simplicity of its preparation you can prepare it yourself in a few minutes.

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