here comes another recipe for holi - the lassi recipe. lassi is a standard drink on the holi menu and yes sometimes with bhang. in our home we do not add bhang to the lassi, but most folks do.
for the unitiated… bhang is an intoxicant and is made from the leaves and flowers of the female cannabis plant. it is very common to have bhang during holi and also during mahashivratri.
this one is a sweet recipe for masala lassi and not the salty one. this is my dear friend soma’s recipe again. she would make it for us when she was in india. when i first had this lassi, i simply loved it.
thats coz i like strong and intense flavors… like chocolates… and this lassi has that…. don’t get me wrong. it does not have a chocolate flavor, but it has a strong aroma and taste of an sweet and healthy ingredient about which i will write below.
here a few spices go into the making of the lassi and thats why its called as masala lassi. since it is a sweet preparation i haven’t used any herbs.
a few spices and they completely overtake the humble yogurt. you just have to crush the cardamom in the mortar & pestle. crush the pepper in a peppermill or mortar-pestle. plus grate the nutmeg. so this way, you don’t have any leftover spice powder.
the main ingredient which brings out an earthy and an intense flavor in the lassi is palm jaggery. it compliments the spices very well and you have a strong lassi which you are going to love. i know palm jaggery is not available everywhere… in this scenario do make the lassi with jaggery. although palm jaggery has a much different taste than jaggery, but sometimes we have to use substitutes.
palm jaggery is a base for most of the goan sweets along with coconut and rice flour. it is also rich in calcium and iron. it can be easily used as a replacement for sugar.
this is an easy breezy recipe and within 5 minutes your lassi is ready. use chilled curd to make the lassi. in this case you don’t have to chill the lassi afterwards and also no need to add ice cubes. you can serve masala lassi directly after blending it.
masala lassi recipe details are below: