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Lassi- A Traditional Cultural Drink

Background Information:
Pakistani cuisine is as diverse as its people. Among the drinks or beverages consumed in Pakistan, lassi, is quite popular. It is a traditional Pakistani dairy beverage, originally from Punjab, made by blending yoghurt with water, salt, and spices (depending on the type of lassi) until the drink becomes frothy. It is consumed by over one billion Asians throughout the world. With its smooth, cool and refreshing taste.
Lassi is a popular and traditional punjab yougurt-based drink of the indiyan subcontinent It is made by blending yogurt with water or milk and indian spices Traditional lassi (also known as salted lassi, or, simply lassi) is a savory drink sometimes flavored with ground roasted cuminwhile sweet lassi on the other hand is blended with sugar or fruits instead of spices.

In dharmic religions, yogurt sweetened with honey is used while performing religious rituals. Less common is lassi served with milk and is topped with a thin layer of clotted cream. Lassis are enjoyed chilled as a hot-weather refreshment, mostly taken with lunch. With a little turmeric powder mixed in, it is also used as a folk remedy for gastroenteritis.

History: Lassi was once the preserve of India’s Maharajas. It is mentioned in ancient Indian texts and was widely used in Hindu rituals. In old times, people would have lassi because they wouldn’t get hungry quickly afterward; and they could wait until lunch to eat again. Tart and refreshing, lassi serves to cleanse the palate alongside spicier foods. It aids digestion and is a healthy addition to any balanced diet. Lassi is 100 per cent natural and is free from artificial colourings, preservatives and flavourings. Besides offering health benefits, lassi is also indulgent and can be enjoyed with or between meals.

Types of lassi: There are many types of lassi that are now available. Sweet lassi is a more recent invention, and has become immensely popular. Rose water is a common ingredient for sweet lassi and adds a sweet, perfumed aroma. Sweet lassi can be flavoured with any fruit of choice like mango, pineapple, banana, lychee, strawberry, etc.

The traditional lassi: The traditional lassi is a salty yoghurt drink which has a thicker consistency as compared to buttermilk. It can be savoured with various spices and ingredients, but it almost always includes ground cumin powder.

Salty lassi is not only extremely easy and quick to make but also very refreshing and cooling to beat the heat of summer.

The method of making lassi:


• Plain yoghurt
• Cold water
• Salt or sugar (depend on flavour)
• Crushed ice to serve

Pour the yoghurt and water into a blender and blend for one minute.
Pour sugar or salt as needed. And serve with crushed ice.

Related Information:

Lassi is of great importance in diet. It contains fat, protein, lactose, ash, calcium, phosphorus. So it has a great nutritional value.
Regular consumption of lassi reduces the chances of your hair going white before time.

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Sunbul khuwaja
Hyderabad, Pakistan

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