notes from maggie's farm
summer savior mango lassi
lassi is a traditional chilled drink from india which is thought to have been around for centuries. it is made with yogurt and an assortment of flavorings and can be either sweet or salty.
you will find lassi on the menus of many indian restaurants as it is a popular accompaniment to spicy food. salted lassi is popular as a drink on it's own during the summertime, to replace moisture loss from perspiration, to prevent dehydration.
the texture of your lassi can vary depending on the proportion of yogurt and water or milk used. some lassis may be thick and chunky, while others less so. for vegan versions, coconut milk yogurt can be used, and the liquids, besides the traditional milk and water, can be rice milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or even condensed milk. seasonings can be savory or sweet; sugar, cane sugar, brown sugar, honey, rosewater, salt, toasted cumin, cardamom, ginger, and mint are popular choices. i've added a pinch of cayenne to mine, to complete the sweet, sour, salty, smooth, silky, and spicy party-in-my-mouth that i love so much. some people like to top their lassi with clotted cream to give an extra rich flavor, or topped with ground pistachios or almonds to garnish.
this exotic refresher will be just the perfect thing, a real summer savior, to accompany my brown-bagging this week as temperatures continue to climb past 100° and i
sweat and pant traipse around campus stealing the occasional break, and looking for a shady spot for my lively little lunch,
clicking on the pictures above will make them larger, if you, like me, prefer the large print.
we look forward to seeing you tomorrow for a slew of brown-bagging goodies to get you geared up for back to school, or back to work, or just back to lunch, on freestyle friday.
see you then!