A sexy lassi recipe for summer
This lassi recipe comes to us from Nandita Godbole’s A Dozen Ways To Celebrate: Twelve Decadent Indian Feasts For The Culinary Indulgent. We love Nandita’s philosophy that food should be experienced, not just consumed. Her Fig & Tulsi Lassi offers an experience that hints both at the flavors of summer and something sensually exotic.
What is a lassi?
But to best appreciate Nandita’s signature summer drink, you must first get to know the basics of the lassi.
Lassi is a traditional Indian drink, typically made with a base of tangy yogurt and milk, ice or water. It is designed to help refresh the body on a hot summer day. (However you’re likely to find this beloved drink on offer year-round.) The base of the drink is looked at as a blank canvas by most Indian cooks. The basic yogurt drink is layered with sweetness or spice, fruits and or herbs, depending on the mood and the intention of the cook. A lassi’s flavors can range from something as simple as sweet mango to a more complex drink, like the one this recipe offers.
A lassi recipe layered with aphrodisiac ingredients
In fact, this lassi recipe is an elixir packed with aphrodisiac ingredients. It includes some of our favorites, like the sweet nectar of honey. But it also includes fig, one of the most notorious fruits of seduction. (Learn more about the aphrodisiac powers of figs.) But that’s not all! This lassi recipe also features tulsi. Tulsi is a type of basil widely planted on the Indian Subcontinent. You might know it as Holy Basil. And used in this recipe, it adds a fresh, faintly herbal flavor to what is otherwise a sweet drink. This lassi recipe makes a drink to be savored and shared with someone you love.
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This easy, summer lassi recipe features layers of sweet fruit and savory flavors.
- 3 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 8 Black Mission figs stems trimmed
- 1 cup cold water
- 2-4 tbsp sugar
- 15 leaves fresh holy basil or fresh mint (do not substitute with fresh Italian basil)
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds for garnish
- 3 tbsp honey for garnish
- 1 tbsp tsp sweet basil seeds for garnish, optional, soaked in water
- Combine the yogurt and figs to a smooth puree in a blender.
- While the motor is still running, slowly pour in the cold water, ¼ cup at a time until fully combined.
- Add 2 tablespoons sugar. Blend and taste for sweetness. The natural sweetness of the figs and yogurt will determine if you need more sugar. (Add up to 2 additional tablespoons if needed.)
- Once the desired sweetness is achieved, add the holy basil leaves and give it one last blend.
- Check again for sweetness and adjust if needed. All the ingredients should be well combined now. (The holy basil leaves can also be reserved until just before serving as part of the garnish.)
- Pour the lassi into tall drinking glasses or champagne flutes to show off the color; garnish with sliced almonds, drizzle honey on top and sprinkle some sweet basil seeds (optional).
- Enjoy chilled.
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