Lack of trade winds this week and the resulting humidity make something cold and refreshing very welcome. I am more familiar with a sweet lassi, the Indian yogurt drink. My favorite is made with fresh mango and a little cardamom. This Pale Green, Spicy, Minty Lassi from Madhur Jaffrey is definitely different. The heat of the chili is prominent but cooled down by the yogurt and mint and the cumin, ginger and cilantro add layers of flavor.
Jaffrey says, "I cannot think of anything more refreshing for a hot summer day."
Pale Green, Spicy, Minty Lassi (Hari Lassi)
From Madhur Jaffrey's Quick & Easy Indian Cooking
1 1/4 cups plain yogurt
3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
25 large mint leaves or 30 smaller ones
1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1/2 fresh hot green chile (use the upper half for more heat, the lower for less)
1/3 tsp salt or to taste
1/4 tsp ground roasted cumin seeds (optional)
8 ice cubes
Combine all the ingredients in an electric blender and blend until smooth. Some ice pieces may remain. Pour into 2 glasses and serve.
Notes/Results: Very refreshing. I followed the recipe as written--using thick Greek yogurt so I had to add a little water to get it blended to the right consistency. To make it vegan, you could use a coconut yogurt of course. I like the pale green color and the combination of the tangy, spicy and minty elements. I would make it again.
Everything is Better with Yogurt is the theme at I Heart Cooking Clubs this week where we are currently cooking with Madhur Jaffrey.
Happy Aloha Friday!