This post shows how to make lassi at home with the twist of lemon and mint flavors in it that turns a regular Lassi into all the more refreshing and soothing summer drink.
Thinking of recipes from alphabet L, for Blog Chatters A2Z Challenge, something from lemon appealed to me the most as lemon is the perfect thing to have in summers. Lemonade is the most preferred drink to have in summers as it is not only refreshing but also detoxifies the body.
Today, while trying to come up with a lemon dip, what I finally end up getting was a lemon smoothie or say lemon lassi.
This Lemon Sweet Lassi recipe is the easiest to make and is the best thing to have in summers. You can add mint or basil in it for additional freshness. To make it sweet, you can use the sweetener of your choice. Be it honey or unrefined sugar or stevia or anything else.
Give this cold Lemon Lassi to your darlings before going to school or after they come from school and they will just love it. If they don’t want to have milk in the morning, just don’t pressurize them to have it. Instead, give them this chilled lemon lassi.
Coming back to our sweet lassi recipe, as we all know the base of lassi is Dahi (curd).
Dahi is a good source of probiotics which means it promotes the growth of healthy bacteria and reduces the growth of bad bacteria in our digestive system. Lassi keeps us well hydrated. Apart from this being rich in calcium, it boosts the immune system and helps in maintaining strong bones and teeth.
Before we proceed towards the recipe, let’s answer some questions that may be hovering over your mind –
Q) How Lemon Lassi is beneficial for health?
A) Lassi keeps us well hydrated. Apart from this being rich in calcium, it boosts the immune system and helps in maintaining strong bones and teeth.
Q) Can we replace sugar with other sweeteners?
A) Yes, you can skip the sugar and use other different sweeteners like jaggery, palm sugar, coconut sugar, or maple syrup.
Q) How to Make Lassi at Home more Flavourful?
A) Add lemon zest to it and turn it into a truly aromatic drink. This lemon lassi is full of flavor and lets me tell you that the flavor comes not from the lemon juice but from the lemon zest.
Q) Why do we add lemon to our lassi?
A) We do so for two reasons.
- The first is that it adds a very refreshing taste to it.
- And secondly, lemon lassi has an edge over normal lassi as it has additional Vitamin C coming from the lemons.
Q) But what exactly is lemon zest?
A) It is just the yellow/green covering on the lemon. The white part beneath it also called pith is bitter and one should take care not to use it for culinary purposes.
Q) What are the benefits of lemon zest?
A) Lemon juice has the taste but lemon zest has the aroma. After grating lemon to get the zest, your hands continue smelling lemony for a long time. Other than the aroma, lemon zest has great nutritional benefits too.
Lemon zest is in fact powerhouse of nutrition being loaded with fiber, calcium, vitamin C, and minerals. Unfortunately, we squeeze out the juice and throw away the peels. Whereas these peels are so valuable. I already have a post titled ‘How To Use Lemon Peels’. You may go through that and I promise, you will never again throw these valuable peels.
Q) How to get lemon zest?
A) To get the lemon zest, grate the lemon only from the lemon part. The moment you touch the white part stop grating and turn over. Do not grate the white part.
If possible, it is best to put the lemons in the freezer for a few hours. As the lemon freezes, the skin hardens and thus grating it becomes easier. Thereafter, you can put the whole lemon as it is in the squeezer and extract its juice. No need to cut into two, as we otherwise do.
Q) Can I skip lemon in this lassi?
A) Yes. You can easily skip lemon in it and then it will be a regular lassi.
Q) What other flavors can I have in Lassi?
A) You can have many variations in it. Instead of lemon juice and lemon zest, you can add any of the following:
- Mango Puree (1/4 cup approx)
- Strawberry Puree (1/4 cup approx)
- Rose Syrup (2 Tbsp)
Some Other Curd Based Recipes:
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Refreshing Sweet Lassi in Lemon Flavor
- 4 Tbsp Dahi Curd
- 3/4 Cup Water
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Lemon Zest
- 1 Tbsp Or as per taste Sugar Powder
- Few sprigs of Mint/Basil
- Few Ice Cubes.
- Before extracting juice from lemons, grate these to get its zest. Grate only the yellow part avoiding the white part beneath it. After grating extract its juice. You can put the whole lemon, without cutting into 2, in the lemon squeezer and get perfect juice.
- Chop mint/basil leaves very finely.
- In a blender, put everything, dahi, water, ice cubes, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar powder, and basil/mint leaves. Blend it for 30 seconds or so.
- Serve with love, crackers optional.
- Try to use thick dahi.
- In case it is very watery then keep it in a strainer for a while.
- Use any sweetener of your choice.
- You can make it ahead in the refrigerator.
- At the time of serving, just churn it again in the blender.
- Lemon zest, if extra, can be stored in the freezer. Use it for garnishing salads, soups or veggies.