Saturday, February 26, 2011

Kiwi Lassi (Indian Yoghurt Drink)

I was surprised to learn from my Chinese/Singaporean/Indonesian friends that, outside the Indian community, it is not a common practice to make curd/yoghurt at home. The concept of consuming curd with rice drives them crazy as yoghurt is viewed as a dessert! For many, yoghurt is a luxury because a litre of yoghurt costs about S$6-7, so it's not an everyday item. For those who are wondering how to make plain yoghurt at home without the lactic acid bacteria, here's a one-line recipe: Microwave 2 cups of full-cream milk for 4 minutes, stir in 1 tbsp of store-bought yoghurt and do not disturb it for 8-10 hours. Voila! Your home-made yoghurt is ready! :) Remember to refrigerate after 10 hours so that it doesn't turn sour.

That's about yoghurt, now, what's lassi? Lassi is a blended smoothie of milk and yoghurt with sugar and a little salt. We can mix in the pulp of fruits like Mango, Strawberry or Kiwi  to make fruit-flavoured lassi. This is a super-easy recipe that can be made in minutes and enjoyed fresh at home, so you don't have to wait for your next trip to the Indian restaurant in your town.

So, what made me make Kiwi Lassi instead of Mango Lassi? I discovered Kiwi recently and not only does it taste awesome but also contains a high amount of Vitamin C (more than orange), as much potassium as bananas and a good amount of Beta-carotene. And I didn't make up Kiwi lassi on my own ...We had been to Sentosa a few weeks back and dined at Samunder, an Indian restaurant and I chose to go with Kiwi lassi, in lieu of Mango lassi, for a change. The combination was fantastic and I wanted to try it again, hence this attempt!

What You Need:

Kiwi fruits - 2
Milk - 150 ml
Yoghurt - 150 ml
Sugar - 4 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Cardamom powder -1/4 tsp
Crushed Ice (optional)

3 Steps to Kiwi Lassi:

  1. First, get the pulp of kiwis using a hand blender or an Indian mixie.
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients together and blend together to a smoothie consistency. 
  3. You can add some water if it is too pasty/thick. I needed to add water as I had to avoid ice to protect my sore throat.
 Pour into glasses and enjoy!

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