Lassi - a soft drink

Lassi is a yogurt-based soft drink with different flavors. The drink originates from North India, but you will find it not only in families, but also in restaurants, cafes, streets across the country. The main ingredient is yogurt, which is mixed with water and various spices, nuts or fruits. There are both sweet and salty lassi. It is traditionally made with wooden spoons, but you may use a metal spatula, blender or even a fork. In India most families make yogurt at home and lassi is made from   such yogurts. The list of ingredients and spices is huge, fitted to all tastes. The drinks are mostly sweetened with sugar, although other sweeteners, such as honey, can be used as well.

Gastro Guide offers Matoni-based lasso recipes with mango and mint flavors, which I am sure will become your favorite drink on hot summer days.

Mango lassi                                               

Blend 1 ripe mango, pinch of cardamom, 1 cup Matsoni and 1 cup water, sweeten to your taste.

Peppermint lassi is ideal on hot days, it helps digestion after having fatty meals.

Put 2 cups of Matsoni in a blender cup, ½ - 1 cup of cold water, a pinch of salt, a pinch of sugar and 1 handful of mint leaves, clend until you get a homogeneous mass.

Serve cold.