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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mint Lassi

I like lassis a lot, but here's the thing. When it comes right down to it, they're essentially fruit smoothies, if you get the mango kind. Order one with dinner at an Indian restaurant, and you feel like you're having dinner and dessert at the same time. They're sweet and they're filling!

But have you ever been at an Indian place and seen the other option for lassis? Salty. You might be thinking, why the heck would I want a salty smoothie? I know it's not exactly the American Way, but believe it or not a drink that's tart and salty is incredibly refreshing. Add mint and toasted cumin and you'll feel like you're a stranger in a strange but delightful land.

Here's how you make a Mint Lassi: pulse 1/2 cup loosely packed mint leaves, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp toasted cumin seeds in a blender until the mint is pretty well chopped. Add 2 cups of yogurt (the recipe calls for whole milk; I used nonfat) and 2 cups ice (the recipe calls for crushed ice; I used cubes). Blend 'til smooth.

At this point you can refrigerate (as the recipe suggests) to let the flavors meld and then serve over ice. You can also garnish with a lemon wedge and mint leaves. As you can see from the photo above, I poured that sucker right into a glass and drank it straight. Must have been a hot day.

Athletes! This is a GREAT recovery drink after a workout. The salt helps to replace lost electrolytes, and as much as I admire pickle juice for electrolyte recovery, mint lassis taste better. And no, I am not kidding about pickle juice.


clembo said...

I love your posts, Melissa!
Susan Meixell
your old pal

Georgia said...

Pickle juice! Maybe there's a pregnant lady market here. Anyway, love mango lassis and will try the mint version next time I see a good bunch of mint.

Georgia said...

p.s. I finally purchased a microplane -- revolution in the kitchen!

Giselle said...

... raising my hand and admitting to sipping pickle juice when I was expecting...
Interesting post Melissa! You know, I've never tried the salty version of a lassi, but now I'm curious. Maybe next time I'm out at my favorite Indian restaurant I'll give it a whirl. Thank you!