Thursday night I attended a Indian cooking class and though everything made and served was delicious (and those recipes will be coming) one real standout for the evening was the mint lassi which was served at the beginning of the class. In the past I’ve only made and tried mango lassi which is sweet and creamy like drinking a fruit smoothie so nothing oh-too adventurous, unless you consider the addition of cardamom adventurous. So last night when I was handed a glass of mint lassi I honestly was a bit hesitant as I didn’t quite know what to expect. Then I thought about it, mint ~ love it and drink mint tea all.the.time, yogurt ~ eat it almost everyday, cardamom ~ nothing new there and some sugar ~ well I do have a sweet tooth. So I knew that I liked all the individual ingredients and honestly I’ll try almost anything once, so I gave it a try and am I glad that I did because mint lassi rocks!! I enjoyed the drink so much Thursday night that first thing the next morning I went out to the
weed patch garden and picked fresh mint so that I could enjoy my new found treat again. We weren’t given a recipe or amounts but were told that the drink can be made as minty, sweet or creamy as one desires. But I’m thinking that no matter how it’s made, this mint lassi is refreshing and light and a perfect drink for a hot summer afternoon.
1 cup plain yogurt (I used fat-free)
2 cups ice cubes
seeds from 4 green cardamom pods, pods discarded
4 TBS. Whey Low Gold (brown sugar, agave or sweetener of your choice)
mint leaves for garnish
Put everything but the garnish mint leaves in a bender and process to a slushy consistency. Pour in glasses and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serves 4.