Lassi Drink Recipe

A lassi drink recipe is an Indian flavored beverage made with yogurt and Indian spices. 

Indian spices like turmeric are commonly used to flavor lassi drink recipes. 

Unfortunately, turmeric is very high in oxalates.

Thankfully, cardamom will be relatively low in this anti-nutrient.  Also, dairy yogurt with its high calcium content will reduce some oxalate absorption.

You can make a fruit lassi and use mango to make one of the most popular lassi drinks in India called mango lassi.

You could also create a Paleo or Vegan lassi by replacing the dairy yogurt with coconut yogurt that you can easily learn to make yourself.

Fresh mint, dried coconut flakes, cranberries, and even a small amount of pistachio nuts can be used to garnish your lassi drink recipes.


Mango Lassi Drink Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Ripe Organic Mango (sliced)
  • 1 cup 100% Grass Fed Whole Raw Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup 100% Grass Fed Whole Raw Milk
  • Organic Raw Honey (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. Cardamom Powder
  • 3 cups of Ice
  • Organic Mint Leaves for Garnish

Instructions:

  1. Blend sliced mango, milk, yogurt, and sweetener in a blender or food processor.
  2. Taste for sweetness and adjust to suit your taste buds.
  3. Then add in cardamom powder and ice - blend until slushy.
  4. Pour into tall glasses and garnish with a mint leaf. 
  5. Serves 3 to 4

A Basic Lassi Drink Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups 100% Grass Fed Whole Raw Yogurt
  • 1 cup of Water
  • Organic Raw Honey (to taste)
  • Sea Salt (to taste)

Instructions:

  1. Put ingredients into a blender and blend until combined.
  2. Pour into tall glasses and top with your favorite garnish.
  3. Serves 2 people

Using raw yogurt and other "raw" ingredients will make this a raw lassi drink recipe.

Suitable Lassi Garnishes:

  • Organic Dried Cranberries
  • Dried Coconut Flakes
  • Cardamom
  • Chopped Pistachio Nuts (1 tbsp. will contain almost 5 mg. of oxalate)

Mint Lassi Drink Recipe
- Low Carb

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups 100% Grass Fed Whole Raw Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Organic Mint Leaves
  • 2 tsp. Organic Ginger Juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 2 Cups Ice
  • 1/2 tsp. Roasted Cumin Seed Powder for Garnish
  • Organic Mint Leaves for Garnish
  • Optional:  Black Salt

Note:  1/2 tsp of ground Cumin seed will have 10 mg. of oxalates. 

To lower the oxalate content of this lassi drink recipe, lower the amount of cumin or use cardamom instead.

1/2 tsp of ground Cardamom will only have 3 mg. of oxalates.

Instructions:

  1. First grate the ginger and squeeze to make ginger juice.  Then blend mint leaves with a little yogurt to make a mint paste.
  2. Then add ginger juice, sea salt, and the rest of yogurt to the blender.  Blend for a very short time.
  3. Put ice cubes into tall glasses and pour mint lassi drink over the ice cubes.
  4. Garnish with roasted cumin seed powder and a mint leaf.
  5. Serves 2 people

I love the taste of fresh mint!

You could use pink Himalayan salt to make this lassi drink recipe.  However, black salt does sound very exotic!

However, I would only use a tiny pinch of salt - no matter what type of salt I was using.

How to Set Curd or Make Yogurt
- Indian Style

The buffalo milk in this video is water buffalo milk. 

This milk is not from the buffalo you see at Yellowstone park in America.  I don't think it's possible to milk one of those (LOL).

Water buffalo milk is much higher in fat than cow's milk, so that would give you a thicker yogurt. 

You could also try raw sheep's milk which also has a higher fat content than most cow's milk.


Ingredients:

  • About 4 cups of Raw Buffalo
  • Or 100% Grass Fed Whole Raw Milk
  • Yogurt (to use as the culture)

Instructions:

  1. Heat milk in a pot until warm to touch, but not too hot (104 degrees F).
  2. Fill individual earthenware or clay pots with about 1 cup of warm milk.
  3. Add approximately 1/4 tsp. of yogurt and mix into warm milk.
  4. Leave at room temperature for 6 to 8 hours to set.
  5. Then use in a lassi drink recipe or store in your refrigerator.

All you need to do is locate unglazed and non-toxic clay yogurt pots (which helps to absorb the excess moisture and helps to thicken yogurt - naturally). 

You can use another type of container to set yogurt or curd, but it won't be the same.

How to Make Coconut Yogurt

I love this recipe and it's so easy! 

It's much better than buying coconut yogurt at the grocery store which always seems to come with ingredients that I don't want to consume.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Probiotic Pill
  • Or Yogurt Culture Powder
  • 1 Can of Organic Coconut Milk (no additives please)
  • Or 14 oz. of Raw Coconut Milk

Instructions:

  1. Pour coconut milk into an appropriately sized glass jar.  Then pour contents of probiotic pill or a yogurt culture into coconut milk.
  2. Stir the coconut milk with a fork to evenly disperse the culturing agent.
  3. Then loosely cap glass jar and leave jar (out of the way) at room temperature for 24 hours.
  4. Then check in 24 hours and stir again. 
  5. Again loosely cap jar and leave for another 24 hours at room temperature.
  6. Refrigerate coconut yogurt after 48 hours.  Yogurt will thicken up when its refrigerated. 
  7. You can then use this yogurt in your lassi drink recipes.
  8. Be sure to save 1/4 cup of coconut yogurt to use as the culture in your next batch.

If you want a raw coconut yogurt, use raw coconut milk instead of using the canned milk.

That's if you want truly raw coconut yogurt. 

It may be a little more time consuming, but will probably be worth the effort. 

Learn how to make homemade raw coconut milk.

How to Make Raw Dairy Yogurt

Just keep in mind that if the temperature of your yogurt goes above 117 degrees F - you will destroy its enzymes.

One way to tell if your raw milk has gone above 117 degrees F, is that the milk will burn your finger. 

Better yet, you can use a food thermometer to read the temperature of your milk.


Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of 100% Grass Fed Raw Cow's Milk
  • 6 Tbsp. of Room Temperature Yogurt (for culture)

Instructions:

  1. Heat raw milk in a pot till it reaches a temperature of 100 degrees F.  Then remove from heat.
  2. Put a little of the warmed milk into the yogurt culture and stir to dissolve before adding to the rest of the warmed milk.
  3. Pour the warm milk (with yogurt culture) into a warmed crock pot or other container.
  4. Keep yogurt very warm at least 6 hours to properly set, but go no higher than 112 degrees F.
  5. You can experiment and keep the yogurt in your oven (set to warm) with the door cracked or try a slow cooker (set to warm).

There are many ways to make raw dairy yogurt for your lassi drink recipes. 

I've used a yogurt maker to simulate this process.  And it may be the "easiest" way to make yogurt - in my opinion.

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