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Lassi is a drink made of yogurt that is extremely popular and relished among Indians for its mesmerizing, rejuvenating taste. It originated from the colorful lands of Punjab and Multan, India. Yogurt is mixed thoroughly with water and added ingredients like spices, fruits, jaggery, or sweeteners. The most popular types of lassi are salted and sweet. Nonetheless, a lot of new flavors have been innovated in this drink to add an exciting twist to the traditional yogurt drink.
Lassi is basically an ancient smoothie and certainly the first yogurt smoothie in the world. The concept of lassi took birth somewhere in 1000 BC and started either with pure spices or fine fruits. It is widely known for its Ayurvedic healing properties and provides a calming effect on the stomach.
Typical Punjabi Lassi
Although lassi is widely made by adding water to yogurt, nevertheless, there is one other way to make it.
Buttermilk is basically the liquid that is left over after the butter is churned out of cream. It is also a kind of lassi, commonly called ‘Chaati ki Lassi’.
Buttermilk is yet another variant of yogurt widely known as ‘Chaach’. It is majorly famous in Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Punjab. It is made by removing butterfat, and its consistency is relatively thinner than lassi. People enjoy drinking it by adding roasted jeera (white cumin), black pepper, and salt.
Health Benefits Of Lassi
- Lassi is a protein-rich drink that helps in gaining strength in muscles.
- It comprises excellent amounts of calcium that assists in developing strong teeth and bones.
- It improves the functioning of the digestive system of the body. You can digest heavy meals pretty easily if you drink lassi with it.
- Basically, yogurt is probiotic in nature and assists in building healthy bacteria in the body. In fact, it decreases harmful bacteria in the stomach.
- It is the perfect drink to get energized and refreshed in summer and even provides an excellent after-effect.
- Lassi also helps in controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the body.
Popular Lassi Drinks At Banjara Restaurant
- Mango Lassi: It is made with a mix of water, yogurt, and fresh mango.
- Salted Lassi: It is made with a blend of cold water, ¼ tablespoon salt, one pinch of ground cumin, and of course, yogurt. When blended properly, the end result is, in a way, a frothy mixture.
- Sweet Lassi: Sugared lassi or sweet lassi is made with a mix of cold water, two tablespoons of sugar, and yogurt. It can either be blended in a high-speed blender or by hand with a wooden beater.
The consistency of lassi or buttermilk is relatively thinner than yogurt. People also add nuts and dry fruits to sweet lassi for a rich texture.
Lassi is indeed a rejuvenation booster, and summer is certainly incomplete without it. Visit Banjara Restaurant today and relish the true, authentic flavors of India.