Lassis are a popular drink in India and Pakistan. They are customarily served chilled during the lunch hour of the warm summer days. Made with a yogurt, milk or water base and sweetened with fruit and honey, this delicious beverage is flavored with nuts and rich spices such as saffron and cardamom powder. Lassis are not always sweet. Salted lassis are meals within themselves because they are so hearty and thick depending on your preference. Some are flavored with cumin others with rosewater and yes, even small pats of butter.
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For my sweet lassi version, I took advantage of the stone fruit season and added apricots to Cacique’s Yogurt Smoothie Piña Colada flavor. Because their yogurt smoothies are drinkable and less thick, its consistency is more creamy and liquid than regular yogurt. Therefore, I omitted water and milk to this recipe. If you prefer a smoothie less thick, I recommend adding 1/3 cup of cold milk or water to the blend.
Keep cool this summer with a lassi. Customize your very own using seasonal fruit such as mangos, papayas, strawberries and the various yogurt smoothie flavors Cacique® has to offer. The possibilities are endless and full of cool, creamy flavor this summer. I guarantee you’ll enjoy making your very own as much as you enjoy drinking them.
WHAT YOU NEED
- 4 (7 ounce) containers Cacique® Yogurt Smoothie Piña Colada
- 6 apricots, pitted
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon dried saffron threads, divided
- 1/4 cup popped amaranth*
HOW TO MAKE IT
- In a blender container, combine Cacique® Piña Colada Smoothies, apricots, honey, oats and 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads. Blend until smooth. Serve and top with amaranth and remaining saffron threads. *If popped amaranth is not available, un-popped amaranth can be popped on an ungreased skillet over medium-high heat. Heat small amounts (1 tablespoon at a time), shaking the pan constantly to avoid burning.