Recipe: Sweet or Savory Lassi (Indian Yogurt Beverage)

Lassi is a simple beverage made from yogurt and water or ice, with sweet or savory ingredients added. 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. Adding a pinch of salt to your sweet or savory lassi will aid in keeping you hydrated


  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup ice water
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar (sweet lassi)
  • Fruit puree, jam, herbs, or extracts for flavorings (sweet lassi)
  • Salt to taste (savory lassi)
  • Flavorings such as minced chili, cilantro, mint, or cumin (savory lassi)


  1. Combine yogurt and remaining ingredients in a quart jar. Shake well for 1 to 2 minutes, until beverage is frothy and cold. Serve immediately.

At A Glance

PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 10 minutes
YIELD: Makes 2 cups.