Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Mango-Banana Lassi

a Sattvic lacto vegetarian beverage

Lassi is a traditional Indian yoghurt-based drink which traces its origins from the Punjab region of the sub-continent.  It is usually consumed by people as a refreshment during lunch time or an afternoon snack.

The reason I put Sattvic up there is because this drink has a particular relevance in Hinduism and other Dharmic religions.  They use it while performing some of their rituals.  To make it authentically Sattvic, however, do not substitute honey for any other sweetener.

This recipe is good for:

- 2 highball glasses.

You will need:
- 1 cup of sweet ripe mango flesh 
- ½ cup of ripe banana flesh (and I mean eating bananas like cavendish, lacatan, tundan, morado and the like; not plantains, also known as cooking bananas) 
- 2 cups of plain chilled yoghurt 
- ½ cup of frozen whole milk; cut into chunks 
- 1 teaspoon of crushed green cardamom seeds (Elettaria cardamomum)
- 3 tablespoons of honey; optional—may be omitted but never substituted

Required kitchen tools:
- Blender (be it pitcher blender, hand blender or what have you as long as it does the job)

To make lassi:

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