Sweet or Savory Lassi (Indian Yogurt Beverage)


Many are familiar with the concept of the smoothie. You take a base of cultured dairy, add fruit, flavorings, and optionally ice, and blend until smooth. Almost all of these are sweet and all require a blender.

Lassi, on the other hand, is a simple beverage made from yogurt and water or ice. After that you can add sweet or savory ingredients. Mango lassi is well-known and is simply the sweeter version of lassi combined with the mango fruit.

Lassi most likely originated from the need for a cooling, restorative beverage in the Indian heat. Fermented foods are known to aid in hydration and by combining yogurt with ice or water you create a tasty, hydrating beverage. Adding a pinch of salt to your sweet or savory lassi will also aid in keeping you hydrated

Best of all, there is no blender required for many of the lassi recipes. Of course you could use a blender to make a blended version, but simply combining yogurt, water, ice, and flavorings in a jar and shaking will give you a cool, frothy treat in just minutes.

Sweet Lassi:

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup ice water (or some combination of ice and water)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar or other sweetener
  • Fruit puree, jam, herbs, or extracts for flavorings


Savory Lassi:

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup ice water (or some combination of ice and water)
  • Salt to taste
  • Flavorings such as minced chili, cilantro, mint, or spices such as cumin.



Combine yogurt, ice and/or water, salt or sugar, and flavorings in a quart jar. Shake well for 1 to 2 minutes until beverage is frothy and cold. Serve immediately.

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