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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Kesar Lassi

I love desserts and if I am at a restaurant enjoying a buffet meal, I make sure to leave some room for the desserts. If ordering by menu, my meal would end with rasmalai or a cold beverage. As I am doing a restaurant menu based theme this week, I thought of choosing a beverage of Indian origin as my other courses of meal are Indian. Among the list on Puranmal menucard, they had special kesar lassi and I chose to go with it. 
Lassis are yogurt based drinks, prepared adding sugar / salt and sometimes along with crushed cumin. There are fruit based sweet variations as well. These refreshing drinks provide a respite during the scorching summer weather and they are commonly prepared in Punjab and other North Indian states. Wiki mentions that this kesar lassi is popular in Pakistan's 'Sindh' Province and in the state of Rajasthan in India. 
When preparing lassi go with the freshly prepared dahi / yogurt and chill it for few hours for that 'cold' effect. If it is not chilled, try adding some crushed ice but limit to one or two ice cubes per glass as the lassi would end up on a diluted side. I added some almonds and pistachios since the name of the recipe was Special Kesar Lassi. You can blend them along with the yogurt or add some as garnish. Or if you are looking for that 'malai maarke' kind, add some malai / cream and enjoy.

Ingredients: (2 servings)
A pinch of saffron
1 cup thick, fresh yogurt (Chilled would be best.)
1/4 cup chilled milk
Icing sugar to taste
2 pinches of cardamom powder
Nuts to garnish (optional)
2 -3 tbsp crushed ice (optional)

* Soak saffron strands in a Tbsp. of warm water or warm milk for about 15 minutes.
* Blend well yogurt, milk, sugar, saffron mixture and cardamom until frothy using a blender or the traditional wooden churner. If desired, nuts can be added as well while blending.
* Add some crushed ice if using to the glass and pour lassi over it. Garnish with a few saffron strands and nuts if desired and serve immediately.

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kitchen queen said...

delicious refreshing lassi.

Varadas Kitchen said...

Lassi and all it's variations are a favorite in our house.

Srivalli said...

I love your glass full of lassi!..very nicely clicked!

Saras said...

Refreshing lassi!! Look so appealing..

Priya Suresh said...

Wat a beautiful capture, hard to resist to this rich looking lassi.

sneha datar said...

A tempting glass of Lassi.

Pavani N said...

We are Mango lassi fans.. Your Kesar lassi looks very refreshing & delicious.

Harini-Jaya R said...

Any kind of lassi is welcome here!

Priya Srinivasan said...

What a refreshing glass there suma!!Lovely!!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

I can have this anytime of the day! SO picture Perfect.

Jayanthi Sindhiya said...

Lassi looks so good