Sweet Lassi/ yogurt drink

 Yogurt drinks are popular the world over. In India, it is known as Lassi, a thick, creamy, delicious concoction, either sweet or lightly spiced prepared with yogurt/curd.

Hi friends! Sweet lassi is a delicious summertime drink that, if taken when the sun is at its peak, keeps you cool. It is also fortifying with its protein and calcium content. You can make sweet lassi in a variety of different ways using the same basic curd stock. Here is how to make sweet lassi. This is the basic sweet lassi.

Preparation Time : 2-3 minutes

Cooking Time : 1 minute

Serves : 2

Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Curd/Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Chilled Milk
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice cubes

Method:

Step 1.

Put the curd in a blender, add milk and crushed ice cubes. Add sugar, Cardamom powder.

Step 2.

Whisk the ingredients well in the blender. Serve chilled and frothy, this very refreshing beverage.

Note: You can enhance/enrich the flavor further by topping with a dollop of cream.

Health Benefits of sweet Lassi/ yogurt drink:

  • Lassi, derived from curds, is full of calcium, vitamin D, A and proteins.
  • Lassi also has lactobacillus.
  • According to ayurveda curds are heavy to digest but lassi is lighter to digest.
  • Lassi also keeps you cool in summer.
  • Lassi is said to promote digestion.
  • You can enjoy sweet lassi after lunch but keep in mind not to lunch too heavily!
  • Lassi is filling and you can drink only one big, tall glass and avoid lunch, thus helping you stay fortified while keeping weight in control.

Ref. https://www.nuskhetips.com/articles/benefits-of-lassi-for-your-health

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Mango Lassi

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Hi friends! Lassi is popular refreshing  and one of the most loved  drink of India, a tastier way to add the summer flavors to this traditional drink is the addition of yummy ripe mangoes. This is ideal for healthy skin and provides the goodness of mangoes along with the benefits of yogurt.

 Level of cooking: Easy

Total Time: 5 minutes

Prep Time: 4minutes

Cook Time: 1 minutes

Cuisine : Indian, North Indian, Punjabi

Course: Beverages

Serving : 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Curd / yogurt
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 4 tsp granulated sugar
  • a small pinch salt
  • 1  mango medium size, cut into cubes /or 1 cup canned mango slices

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the mango well, peel it and cut into small cubes.

Step 2.

Take a blender jar, put mango cubes, Curd, sugar and cardamom powder in the blender.

Step 3.

Close the lid and whip all the ingredients together till smooth. Serve Chilled.

Note: Adjust sugar quantities depending on the sweetness of the mango. Best Mango Lassi is made with mangoes without fiber.

Health benefits of Mango lassi:

  • Mango Lassi is sweet Indian-style, smoothie-like drink is a blend of fresh mango, tangy plain yogurt, and milk. Low-fat or fat-free milk and mango keep saturated fat in check while delivering healthful calcium, potassium, and vitamin D. Mango Lassi Stimulates weight loss
  • Mangoes are fat-free, cholesterol-free and salt-free. There is only 1% fat, 0% cholesterol and 0% sodium in 1 mango. Mangoes do not make you fat even if you eat them every day. For example, if you incorporate three mangoes (400 calories) as part of the calories you need each day, you will not gain weight.

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Masala Lassi /spicy curd drink

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Hi friends!Nothing can beat the satisfaction that a glass of home lassi offer. Go ahead, drink up!

 Serves: 5-6

Cook time: 2-3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms (2  1/2 cup)Curd (yogurt)
  • 500 ml (cold) (2 1/2 cups)water
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin seed powder
  • 1 tsp dry ginger powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 green chili seeds removed and finely chopped
  • Few coriander leaves

Method:

Step 1.                                                                                                     

Put curd, salt, cumin powder, ginger powder, black pepper powder, green chili pieces in a blender jar, blend the ingredients very well.

Step 2.

Add water and crushed ice, blend again.

Step 3.

Serve chilled in glasses garnishing with fresh coriander leaves. Can be refrigerated and stored for a day or two.

Curd benefits for health:

Curd improves the digestion, the nutrients present in curd are easily absorbed by our digestive system. It also helps in absorbing nutrients from other food items that you have eaten. When taken along with spicy food, it cools down and neutralizes the heat that these foods create.

Some people, who cannot consume milk because they are lactose intolerant, can safely use curd as milk substitute. It converts the lactose present in milk to lactic acid, making it easier to digest. Also, we do not lose out on the nutritional boost that milk provides us.

Health benefits of the Buttermilk:

– Buttermilk has acid in it which fights germs and bacteria and helps clear stomach and aid digestion.

– It is very helpful for those who are looking to lose weight.

– It is a rich source of Vitamin B12 and so is believed to help fight anaemia and stress.

– Since it contains electrolytes and lots of water, it is the best treat to give to your body to fight dehydration.

– After having a heavy, oily and spicy meal, buttermilk works best to drain out excessive fat from the body and making your stomach light.

– Buttermilk also works as one of the best remedies to treat acidity.

Ref. http://zeenews.india.com/news/health/healthy-eating/top-5-health

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Namkeen Lassi

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Hi friends!Lassi is an age-old Indian drink from Punjab, which is generally consumed after a meal. But there’s more to lassi than being just another refreshing summer drink. The importance of lassi is due to its health benefits.

Time required: 5 minutes

Makes: 5-6 glasses

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain curd or yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dry ginger powder
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup crushed ice cubes
  • Few mint leaves

Method:

Step 1.

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Step 2.

Serve right away, garnished with a couple of mint leaves. Refrigerate to store, serve always chilled.

Note: Curd or dahi, is a popular food item in India, all over the country. Made from milk, this dairy product has a lot of health benefits. The nutrients present in curd are easily absorbed by our digestive system. Not only that, it also helps in absorbing nutrients from other food items that we have eaten. It can also be used along with spicy food, as curd cools down and neutralizes the heat that these foods create.

Cooking tips

  • A bowl of fresh curd and fruits is a great way to start your day. Add sour curd to salads and smoothies, which make it taste better.
  • Sour curd is added to vegetable curries instead of tomatoes to make it rich and delicious.

Health benefits:

  • Being rich in calcium, curd is good for the health of bones as well as the teeth. For those who have difficulty in the digestion of lactose in milk, yogurt is an important source of calcium. Curd contains an enzyme which breaks down lactose to aid proper digestion.
  • Curd is rich in vitamin D which helps our body to absorb and use calcium.
  • Yogurt helps you feel fuller and is thus, a very good snack for those trying to lose weight.
  • Eating  curd / yogurt on a regular basis can help absorb the nutrients in other foods as well.Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:
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Cold Coffee

Cold Coffee

Hi friends! For many coffee drinkers, summer doesn’t begin until they  make the switch from hot coffee to iced coffee.

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Makes 2 glasses

Ingredients:

  • 3 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • 1 tsp drinking chocolate
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream (one scoop per glass)
  • 3 tbsp sugar

Method:

Step 1

Combine coffee powder, sugar and milk in a blender jar and blend. Blend for a few seconds till it becomes frothy.

Step 2

Add ice and blend again.

Step 3

Take the glasses, and pour the cold coffee. Serve chilled, topped with vanilla ice-cream cube and sprinkling of drinking chocolate powder.

Health Benefits of cold coffee:

Cold-brew coffee is better for your stomach.When coffee beans are heated up, they release acidic oils. According to testing using the Toddy system, the acid levels in cold-brew coffee are about a third of the levels in hot coffee.

There are definitely benefits to cold-brewed coffee because it’s more alkaline. The body functions best when in a relatively alkaline state.

A more alkaline drink helps your digestive system, which explains why your stomach flips with hot coffee but stays stable with a cold-brew.

Ref. http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/iced-coffee-health-benefits/1221315/

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