savory salted lassi | namkeen lassi with salt

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Salted lassi recipe with stepwise photos – One more contrasting variation to the popular Sweet lassi. A cooling savory yogurt drink to beat the heat.

salted lassi

Lassi is a very popular drink which is made during summers in India. There are many variations of making this drink. It could be sweet, salty or made with fruits also. I have already shared recipes of Mango lassi and Strawberry lassi.

Most people like sweet version but some people are also fond of namkeen lassi. My personal choice in lassi, will always be Mango lassi.

This salted lassi is flavored with black salt, roasted cumin powder and garnished with mint leaves. If you like the hint of black salt in drinks then you might like this lassi. If you do are not able to get black salt, then substitute with regular salt or rock salt.

A variation to this lassi, is to blend some mint leaves with yogurt and you have nice refreshing Mint lassi. Some people also make this lassi just with yogurt, water and salt.

Steps to make savory salted lassi (with black salt)

1. Take the yogurt in a bowl or pan.

yogurt for making salted lassi recipe

2. Add water to yogurt.

add water - making salted lassi recipe

3. Sprinkle the black salt. If you don’t have black salt then you can substitute it with regular salt or rock salt. Also sprinkle roasted cumin powder. If you don’t have roasted cumin powder, then just dry roast the cumin till fragrant, in a small pan or skillet/tawa and then crush in a mortar-pestle.

spices for namkeen lassi recipe

4. With a wired whisk blend everything well till smooth. Here I have used the traditional Indian handheld blender, known as Madani in Hindi. You can use an electric blender.

making salted lassi recipe

5. Pour in glasses. Garnish with mint leaves and Serve salted lassi. Ice cubes can also be added or you can use chilled yogurt and water to make it.

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Savory Salted Lassi

4.75 from 4 votes
This namkeen lassi or salted lassi is a contrasting variation to the sweet lassi and preferred by some folks. Spiced with black salt and roasted cumin powder. A cooling savory drink to beat the heat.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins

Cuisine North Indian, Punjabi
Course: Beverages

Servings 2 to 3


  • 2.5 cups chilled fresh full fat curd (yogurt)
  • 1 cup chilled water
  • 1 teaspoon black salt - black salt is not very salty. hence 1 teaspoon. if using any other salt, add as per your taste
  • 1.5 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 6 to 7 mint leaves
  • a few ice cubes - optional


  • Take the chilled fresh yogurt in a bowl or pan.
  • Add chilled water to yogurt.
  • Sprinkle the salt and roasted cumin powder. A tip is to add 1/2 tsp of salt first. Then once you blend everything, add salt accordingly.
  • If you don't have cumin, then just dry roast 3/4 tsp cumin till fragrant, in a small pan or skillet/tava and then crush in a mortar-pestle till fine.
  • With a wired whisk blend everything well till smooth.
  • In the step by step pics, I have used the traditional indian hand held blender, known as Madani in hindi. You can use an electric blender.
  • Pour in glasses. Garnish with mint leaves and serve salted lassi immediately. Ice cubes can also be added or you can use the chilled yogurt and water to make this lassi. You can also refrigerate the namkeen lassi for a couple of hours, before serving.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Savory Salted Lassi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 1313mg57%
Potassium 502mg14%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 431IU9%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 392mg39%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 25µg6%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 45mg11%
Phosphorus 298mg30%
Zinc 2mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I have realized I do not have plain black salt immediately on hand…do you think it would still taste good to substitute chaat masala in this? Or better just to use plain salt?

  2. Thanks for the recipe. And I will certainly look forward to other recipes.4 stars

  3. Hi Dassana,

    How are you? Went through all your lassi recipes. This one, and also, the sweet versions. Want to try them out next summer. My son, who is 10 yrs, is a big fan of lassi.

    Back in Kerala, we make a version of salted lassi with butter milk, a couple of lemon tree leaves (easily available there), crushed ginger, curry leaves, green chillies and salt. The addition of lemon tree leaves gives it a very distinct taste.

    Looking forward to more of your recipes. Next I am going to search for any cold remedies in your site, down with a bad cold, craving for some hot drink 🙂

    1. thanks anu. also thanks for sharing the kerala version of buttermilk. i have noted down the method. the cold remedy, i generally make is rasam, either tomato rasam or pepper rasam. there is a medicine that we make for cold and coughs, much like ayurvedic recipe. but i have not yet added it on the blog. even just some turmeric powder with hot milk, is also good.

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