Before the freedom the lassi was a popular drink from undivided Punjab. Now it has crossed all the boundaries and become popular across the globe. Nowadays you can see lassi retail chains too and these lassi shops are quite doing well especially during Summer. It feels good to see that certain traditional foods have made their own identity in this competitive fast food world and next generations are liking these traditional food habits and hope they will carry on this legacy.
Classic lassi is the most famous version of lassi prepared with thick yogurt without any particular flavour. However, some people prefer to add rose essence into this. Whenever we have our dinner in a Punjabi restaurant, a tall glass of lassi is must with the meal.
Apart from classic flavour of lassi I also like fruit flavours of lassi. For example: mango lassi, strawberry lassi.
Recently I tried chocolate lassi, but I didn’t like it. I don’t know where I went wrong. I think I would try this once again to check whether this combo of yogurt and chocolate really works or not!
These days my life is busy as my professional commitment has increased so I hardly get ample time to devote for my passion of food blogging. After the failure of chocolate lassi I tried another new flavour of dry fruits and nuts lassi. This time it was total hit. This is a filling drink and will help you energise during Summer days. I have used dates, raisins, cashews and almonds in my dry fruit and nut lassi. You can use your choice of fruit starting from walnut, pistachios, black raisins or any dry fruits and nuts you like.
Dry Fruit and Nut Lassi
Thick curd / yogurt – 1 cup, chilled
Dates – 2 or 3, seedless
Cashew nuts – 4 to 5, few for garnishing
Almonds – 3 to 4
Raisins – 8 to 10, few for garnishing
Sugar – 11/2 teaspoon
Milk – 2 tablespoon
Tutti Frutti – 1 tablespoon for garnishing
1. Soak the almonds in Luke warm water for 10 to 15 minutes and peel the outer skin.
2. Take cashew, raisins, sugar, dates in a blender jar and blend until smooth.
3. Next add peeled almonds and blend once again.
4. Now beat the curd and add it to blender. Blend smooth.
5. Next add milk and blend a smooth mixture.
6. Pour it in a tall glass and garnish with raisins, chopped nuts and tutti-frutti and serve immediately.