Monday, November 12, 2007

Oh, My Sweet Lassi

In the two years following college, I lived semi-large with three ladyfriends in a medium-sized Brooklyn apartment. We had starter jobs, very little money, and an unnatural obsession with singing Jock Jams in Ross Perot voices. (Try it! It's fun.) We were also not very interested in cooking, except for K.

Born in upstate New York, K was the only one who actually used our pots and pans. She bought things like “produce,” and dairy products.” A few times, she whipped up this Saltine-butter-chocolate dessert that I can’t even think of without salivating all over my desk. (Seriously, Saltines? Who knew they didn’t have to taste like drywall?) One of her favorite concoctions, which I had never heard of at the time, and now order/make at every opportunity, was the lassi.

Essentially a thick Indian yogurt drink, lassis are intended to calm taste buds during a spicy meal. But, much like its fruity cousin the mango lassi, the sweet lassi is also delicious on its own.

While there were a bazillion options online, the recipe attached below is adapted from the Whole Foods website. It seemed simple enough, and turned out well. Only changes: I used low-fat yogurt and cut out the rosewater, since, uh, I don’t know what it is or where to find it. (I will rectify this situation for next time.)

Nowadays, K is married to a wonderfully awesome dude, who I am sure is benefiting from her years of experience and experiments. I wish I had appreciated it more when we were roomies. (Besides the Saltine thing. I appreciated that constantly.)

P.S. Just to clarify - this is NOT a milkshake. It is a yogurt drink. If you do not like yogurt, you will vomit profusely.

Sweet Lassi
Serves 2 (12 oz each) or 3 (8 oz each)
Adapted from Whole Foods.

2 cups plain lowfat yogurt
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
6 ice cubes

1) Blend yogurt, water, sugar, and cardamom together until smooth. Add ice cubes and blend again, until mixture is smooth. Serve cold.

Approximate Calories, Fat, and Price per Serving
2 servings: 248 calories, 3.8 g fat, $0.65
3 servings: 165 calories, 2.5 g fat, $0.43

2 cups plain lowfat yogurt: 309 calories, 7.6 g fat, $1.15
1/2 cup cold water: negligible fat and calories, $0.00
1/4 cup sugar: 186 calories, 0 g fat, $0.06
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom: negligible fat and calories, $0.08
6 ice cubes: negligible fat and calories, $0.00
TOTAL: 495 calories, 7.6 g fat, $1.29
PER SERVING (TOTAL/2): 248 calories, 3.8 g fat, $0.65
PER SERVING (TOTAL/3): 165 calories, 2.5 g fat, $0.43

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plonkee said...

I've seen rosewater in Indian grocery stores - it's probably available in Turkish and Arab ones as well. I think its a syrup infused with rose petals.

MCM Voices said...

I'm looking forward to trying this - have been looking for an excuse to get out the yogurt maker and I even have a bottle of rose water in the cupboard (want some?).

Now, can you find me a good recipe for kefir? That stuff is wicked expensive but I love it (on grape nuts, with flaxseed meal and blueberries if you want to know the truth. Every single day).

So glad to have found you.


Kris said...

Plonks - I think you're right. I'll check it out next time I'm at the ethnic grocery store.

MCM - Sweet! So glad you can use the recipe! And I will make kefir my mission.

Jeff said...

Just made these at home for the first time, and I have to say, it's very satisfying when something so simple ends up tasting so good. I had a third myself with dinner, and bottled up the other two thirds to take with for lunch the next day.

I'm assuming this'll keep okay overnight. Other lassi recipes I stumbled onto suggested that overnight was fine.

eternitarian said...

Oh, DO try the lassi with rosewater. You might also try rose petal jam (also available in Indian grocery stores) spooned over plain Greek-style yogurt. Delicious and different!

Edward @ Best Date Night Ideas said...

Thanks!! I've been looking for the missing ingredient for my lassi recipe and I think the cardamom will do it :) BTW, the rosewater can be found at a supermarket (it's a tiny bottle).

Noni said...

It's way late, but rosewater is not a syrup. It is distilled water infused with essence of rose. Used pretty commonly as a beauty tonic actually, sort of like witchhazel water.

It's ghastly in lassi though. Can't stand that perfumey backnote.