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Here in Texas weather is going to get hot around 83 ⁰F this Wednesday. However in India summer has started at full speed, scorching sun all over India. During those hot summer days it is always a great feeling to drink a chilled Lassi which is like a cool breeze hitting you. Lassi is a yogurt based drink popular in India and Pakistan. Do you know Lassi is the world’s first smoothie and is supposed to have been first tried at around 1,000 BC? I make lassi at home whenever possible, I made Cantaloupe peanut lassi with Jif™ Peanut Powder (original flavor) and Oikos (Vanilla) Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt.
Lassi is light, cool and creamy blend of yogurt flavored drink with the finest fruits and purest spices. It is originally from the lands of Punjab (India) and Multan (Pakistan). It is a tangy sweet-sour concoction made from yogurt with water and often sugar. It is drunk year round, but is most popular during the height of summer. If you are not a sweet person you can try savory version of Lassi with salt, mint or finely chopped ginger and coriander leaves. A long mouthful of lassi from a cool clay Pot or a stainless-steel tumbler is particularly soothing on a scorching day.
Lassi, the Indian yogurt based drinks is closely related to Doogh an Afghanistan and Iran’s yogurt based drink and Tahn, an Armenian drink prepared by blending together yogurt, water and salt. It is consumed chilled. Finally Ayran is a famous drink in turkey, which is quite similar to lassi and is a mix of water and yogurt.
You can make Lassi exotic with addition of various fruits, spices and sweeteners to give an amazing twist to the traditional yogurt based drink. Most common one are Mango lassi and strawberry lassi and I have tried them both earlier. I decide to try Cantaloupe peanut lassi with Oikos (Vanilla) Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt and Jif™ Peanut Powder to make it more protein rich. Jif™ Peanut Powder has 85% less fat than traditional peanut butter, also it blend very well and no sugar added so is great for smoothies.
I found Oikos (Vanilla) Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt it is creamy with 0 fat, 0 added sugar* and 0 artificial sweeteners - plus 15g of protein per 5.3oz however not a low calorie food, good for making smoothies. You can find Oikos (Vanilla) Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt and Jif™ Peanut Powder in your local Wal-Mart
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I used cantaloupe, with Oikos (Vanilla) Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt and Jif™ Peanut Powder, water and cardamom pods, without cardamom your lassi is not lassi. Blend everything well and serve chilled with few strands of saffron. Delicious lassi with aromatic cardamom and nutty peanut in background perfectly balance with sweet cantaloupe.
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This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.