Lassi or a sweet yoghurt drink! Most refreshing beverage to beat the summer heat!
A drink of sweet cold yoghurt drink is really refreshing in summer’s but I actually don’t mind having a nice cold beverage in winter’s even. Lassi (sweet yoghurt drink) is a part of a lunch in Punjab. In the summer season, on hot day’s it can be seen that a lot of people every where around in North India are having this drink during the lunch hour, original lassi is a simple yoghurt cold beverage, where yoghurt with sugar & water are blended together, but lassi comes also in many different flavors now like mango, strawberry, banana etc.
All of my childhood I saw my mom making this Basil Lassi when ever there was a religious ceremony or some puja performed in our home, calling it charnamrit. I could never get bored of this drink so I started making this very healthy drink even without any occasion. Its a healthy drink as basil has medicinal values too.
Its made with yoghurt, sugar & water blended together, it has chopped basil, lotus seeds & nuts added to it to give it a very distinct and delicious flavor.
Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Yields
10 mins 10 mins 20 mins 1-2 Serving
Fresh Curd -1 Cup
Sugar -1 cup
Finely grated dry coconut -1/4 cup
Almonds & cashews & pistachio cut into small pieces -5 each
Water -1 Cup
Green cardamom ground -1 teaspoon
Indian Basil leaves (tulsi patta) -10-15
Honey -1 teaspoon
Lotus seeds (makhane) – 1 teaspoon
Buchanania Lanzan (Chironji) – 1 tablespoon
- Blend curd, sugar and water together in a blender.
- Transfer in a deep bowl. Add cardamom powder, lotus seeds, nuts & basil leaves (broken with hand or roughly chopped), honey and mix.
- Sweet Basil Drink or Tulsi Lassi or Basil Lassi is ready to serve. Garnish with tulsi leaves n nuts.
Note: If curd is sour, you can add some milk and ground sugar to neutralize the sourness of the curd.
Recipe by Karuna Saraswat