Have you ever tried a lassi?
If you enjoy smoothies or yogurt, you’ll love lassis!
What Is A Lassi?:
A lassi is a creamy beverage that originates from India. It is typically a mixture of yogurt (or buttermilk) and spices, and sometimes fruit. Mango lassis are very popular at Indian restaurants in the United States.
The difference between a lassi and a smoothie is this: In a smoothie, fruit plays the leading role.
In a lassi, yogurt plays the leading role. Both are beverages. Both may or may not have fruit. But yogurt (or kefir) has to have the majority stake in a lassi, and a lassi does not have to include fruit. Smoothies have to be fruitful but do not have to contain yogurt. We’ve got rules and reputations to protect. Word.
So during one of my recent pinterest sessions, a photograph of a turmeric lassi flew right by my eyeball and I had to chase it down with light speed agility so that I could pin that sucker down.
Because pictures fly by you on pinterest. So fast. On the reg.
Health Benefits of Turmeric:
Here’s why I am so interested in the turmeric lassi: turmeric has an insane amount of health benefits.
First and foremost, it is known to fight and prevent cancer cell growth. It is also an anti-inflammatory, which also helps ease skin ailments such as psoriasis.
Turmeric has been known to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, is an antioxidant, and is also a natural pain killer. Turmeric is a major thing right now and if it doesn’t live in your spice cabinet yet, it probably should.
Ginger is an anti-inflammatory (just like turmeric) and is known to be a digestive aid, ease nausea, and is a natural antibiotic. Bananas taste great, the end. Honey is a superfood and also a natural antibiotic. Blend up these little babies and holy healthy ramalamadingdong!
There’s so much about this lassi that I want to hug.
I loved this thing so much, there is another version of it in my cookbook, Delicious Probiotic Drinks.
Similar. Different. But pretty much the same thing. With different ingredients. And awesome.
- Use coconut milk yogurt to make a dairy-free lassi
- Replace the banana with 1/2 to 1 cup of frozen mango for a mango lassi.
- If you’re familiar with the flavor of turmeric, you can add up to 1 teaspoon to the lassi. If you have less experience with turmeric, start with 1/4 teaspoon and work your way up, as turmeric has a very distinct flavor.
You can adjust the amount of turmeric up or down, but if you follow the recipe below, you’ll get sweet, creamy, lemon ginger flavor with a little bite on the back end from the ginger.
You’re still stuck on “back end,” aren’t you, you little ruffian?
That’s alright, here’s what you need for the heat:
- 1 cup plain kefir or plain yogurt*
- 1 frozen banana**
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric**
- 2 teaspoons honey, to taste
- Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately!
*Use coconut milk yogurt to make dairy-free
**Replace the banana with 1/2 to 1 cup of frozen mango for a mango lassi.
***If you're familiar with the flavor of turmeric, you can add up to 1 teaspoon to the lassi. If you have less experience with turmeric, start with 1/4 teaspoon and work your way up, as turmeric has a very distinct flavor.
Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1 Lassi
Amount Per Serving Calories 187Total Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 43gFiber 4gSugar 29gProtein 3g