Strawberry Lassi

February 18, 2010

Strawberry Lassi

If there is anything I can drink by the gallon, it’s got to be Strawberry Lassi. Lassi is a perfectly smooth yoghurt-based creamy drink that is really popular in India (Of course, blending it with strawberries isn’t  traditional.) This is a season favourite that has become a breakfast staple for me (along with being a lunch substitute and a snack to satiate a midnight hunger pang!). The strawberry lassi is so gorgeous to look at, baby pink speckled with vanilla crystals, that I find myself playing with the bottle of strawberry lassi as if it were a kaleidoscope.

All you need is 4 ingredients and an immersion blender (or a fork to mash and a whisk to mix) and you will have a luscious and utterly creamy strawberry lassi ready in just a few minutes. Don’t fret if you don’t have vanilla beans at hand, you can skip it entirely and still enjoy a yummy strawberry lassi.

Strawberry Lassi

Strawberry Lassi

Serves: 2
Note: You may need to vary the sugar based on how sweet your strawberries are and personal preference.

400g / 14 oz. plain yoghurt (or you can use vanilla yoghurt too, I like Dannon)
150g / 5 oz. strawberries, washed and hulled
60g / 2oz sugar
½ a vanilla bean, split and scraped

In a medium sized bowl, place the strawberries and sugar together and blend together with the immersion blender. Add in the yoghurt and vanilla bean innards and blend until it all comes together. If you’re impatient, just drink it up. If you’re Zen-like, let the vanilla bean sit in the strawberry lassi for 30 minutes (refrigerated). Serve cold over ice cubes.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 swathi February 19, 2010 at 1:43 AM

Nice idea using favorite strawberry. I will try later

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2 Sook February 19, 2010 at 3:15 AM

Oh I love strawberries too! Can't wait to try it!

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3 Barbara February 19, 2010 at 5:51 AM

Yummee! I've never had one. I drink a soy milk/frozen strawberry/UltraMeal breakfast every other day. This would be even better!

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4 smita February 19, 2010 at 2:24 PM

My variation – add a bit of good quality rose water instead of the vanilla! I love the effect. And I usually make my lassi with rose water… maybe Kewra essence too but I haven't tried that!

Love,
Smita

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5 Jayashree February 19, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Even I love this drink !

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6 pigpigscorner February 19, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Love yogurt based drinks, so healthy and yummy!

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7 fazela February 19, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Lassi is so refreshing … I remember drinking lots and lots of it on one of our north india trips … to fight the delhi heat

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8 The Purple Foodie February 21, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Smita, I love your rosewater isea! Kewra? too – you are adventurous!

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9 diva February 25, 2010 at 2:57 AM

YUM! Lassi is so refreshing and what a beautiful photo you've got of it :) x

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10 Megan March 2, 2010 at 6:19 AM

This sounds delicious and so refreshing-I love that it only takes 4 ingredients. I am a huge advocate of yummy dishes that don't require you bending over backwards to make :)

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11 Chez Us March 10, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Lassi – I have never had a strawberry one. We usually only see Mango ones on the menus here and with that breathe you can tell, I don't make them. Lenny loves Lassi, I will definitely have to surprise him with one of yours!

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12 Zibi April 9, 2010 at 8:07 PM

I love mango lassis, but it's almost the season for strawberries here so I'll be sure to jot this short and sweet little recipe down. Do you think it would be ok to substitute honey for the sugar?

This will be great for using up my homemade yogurt too :)
Thanks for sharing!

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