Tomato Lassi | Indian Yoghurt Drink | Tomato Salt Lassi

The cooling drink of India – the yoghurt-based Lassi – is combined with the fruit of Summer – tomatoes.

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These hot days demand cold, cooling drinks. For the moment, I am making a lassi first thing in the morning. Such a healthy start to the day.

A Lassi is a yoghurt based drink, blended with spices, and can be savoury or sweet. Sweet lassi has fruits as an integral ingredient. Savory or salt lassi has spices and possibly vegetables, like this Tomato Lassi. This is not a common lassi, so I hope you enjoy the tomato-y flavour.

Are you looking for other lassi recipes? Try our Lassi recipes for mango lassi, cumin lassi, raita lassi, chilli and coriander lassi and many others. All of our Drinks recipes are here and here. Or browse all of our Indian recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Summer dishes here and here.

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South Indian Salt Lassi | Indian Yoghurt Drink

Perfect for Summery days. Yoghurt is a cooling ingredient.

Salt Lassi in the traditional Sth Indian style is a perfect drink for hot days, and although not as popular as the sweet lassi and fruit lassi drinks, they suit hot weather perfectly. Made from yoghurt, salt and spices, they are cooling and nourishing while replacing salts and electrolytes commonly lost during hot weather.

We have a wealth of lassi recipes – you can browse them here. Include are Rose Lassi, Tomato LassiCumin Lassi, and Lassi Khara.

Browse our collection of Lassi recipes and our yoghurt drinks. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials are here. Explore our Late Summer Recipes too.

This is a recipe from the Cook and See series of 4 books of traditional Indian cooking, mostly written by Menakshi Ammal. They are a maze of traditional knowledge about Sth Indian cooking. The fourth volume is written by Priya Ramkumar and is a puzzle as its soups and salads are devoid of spices and are, to my mind, more 1960’s English in nature than traditional Tamil/Sth Indian. But in that mix are some great recipes including a good, solid recipe for Salt Lassi in the traditional South Indian style.

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Jeera Lassi | Cumin Lassi | Traditional Indian Yoghurt Drink

Lassis are so beautiful to drink, they deserve special glassware. Enjoy!

A lassi is a blend of yogurt, water, often spices and sometimes, fruit. Traditional lassi (also known as salted lassi, or simply, lassi) is a savoury drink, flavoured with ground and roasted spices. Sweet lassi, however, contains sugar or fruits, instead of spices. Also there is a salted mint lassi that is highly favoured in Bangladesh.

Cumin Lassi is a much-loved beverage of Rajasthan. It is ubtly flavoured with dry roasted cumin seeds and limes or lemons. The zest of the citrus is often added to the milk before making yoghurt, and the oils infuse with it as the milk warms.

Lassis are enjoyed chilled as a hot-weather refreshment, mostly taken with lunch.

We have numerous Lassi Recipes for you. Or browse our relaxing teas here and here. Explore all of our Indian recipes here and here.

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Chilli and Coriander Salt Lassi | Indian Yoghurt Drink

Another beautiful lassi, this time with a hint of chilli and green coriander.

A lassi is a yoghurt based Indian drink that cools the effect of hot summers. It is originally from the Punjab and Multan in India and is usually taken with breakfast or lunch. It really is an ancient smoothie, originating around 1000 BCE.

We have numerous Lassi Recipes for you. Or browse our relaxing teas here and here. Explore all of our Indian recipes here and here.

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Lassi Khara | Neer More | Salt Lassi with Asafoetida (Hing)

Yoghurt is such a great food it is great to start the day with some. My preference in summer is to begin with a lassi taken slowly on the balcony, watching the sun rise, before the day begins. It sure beats a coffee!

A Lassi is an Indian sweet or savoury drink made from a yoghurt or buttermilk base, perhaps with water, and with flavourings. The flavourings are either fruits or spices. You may of course know the ubiquitous Mango Lassi, and perhaps the Salt Lassi (great in very hot weather).

Are you looking for other lassi recipes? We have numerous Lassi Recipes for you. Or browse our relaxing teas here and here. Explore all of our Indian recipes here and here.

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The Simplest Lassi | Sweet Yoghurt Based Indian Drink | Raita Lassi

Lassi, a great Indian yoghurt drink

When you are feeling tired, when you have celebrated too much, when you need comforting or nurturing, when your digestion is playing up, when the sun has been too hot, or the food too hot, or just when you feel like one, you need a simple Lassi. Could I say, the best Lassi?

A Lassi is an Indian sweet or savoury drink made from a yoghurt or buttermilk base, perhaps with water, and with flavourings. The flavourings are either fruits or spices. You may of course know the ubiquitous Mango Lassi, and perhaps the Salt Lassi (great in very hot weather).

This recipe is very simple, but very delicious. Enjoy!

We have numerous Lassi Recipes for you. Or browse our relaxing teas here and here. Explore all of our Indian recipes here and here.

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Ginger and Tulsi Tea | Tulasyadi Phanta | For when you need to rest

Phanta Tea is a beautiful, relaxing tea. Just what you need!

Tulsi tea with ginger is very good for you, especially in early spring. Ayurvedically, it is good for sinusitis, flu, hayfever, bronchitis, asthma and some fevers. (Consult your Ayurvedic practictioner.) Phanta is a hot infusion in Ayurveda.

It is gentle and calming, reducing Vata and Kapha, but raising Pitta. Drink it at a time that you can relax and take some bed rest. It is best to avoid cold for a couple of hours after drinking.

Tulsi is the Holy Basil of India, with a taste somewhere between mint and basil. You can often buy Tulsi tea in organic and health shops. If I can’t find Tulsi, I make this tea with ordinary basil and it still works wonders.

You can read more about the extraordinary healthy properties of Tulasi here.  Tulasi can also be spelt as Tulsi or Thulasi, or called Holy Basil. Don’t get it confused with Thai or Sth East Asian Holy Basil, it is an Indian Holy Basil and quite different to the Thai herb. You can see our Tulsi recipes here.

Similar teas include Liquorice Ginger Chai, Spring Chai, Dr. Kilkani’s Ayurvedic Chai, Longan and Ginger Tea, Ginger Root and Turmeric Tea, Rosebud and Borage Flower Tea, and Cumin, Coriander and Ginger Tea.

Our Tulasi recipes are here, and our Ayurveda recipes here. You might like to browse our other Teas as well. Or explore our Mid Spring recipes.

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Ayurvedic Spice Infusions or “Teas” | Indian Flavours

Simple infusions of spices.

Insufions, or “teas”, can be invigorating or relaxing, and can be made of tea, spices, dried fruits, herbs, dried peels, or some combination. In India I discovered the joys of very simple infusions – a couple of spices, water, and a delicious, calming, gentle beverage is born. One that can be drunk hot from the pot, left to cool to room temperature or on our 45C summer days, iced from the fridge.

You might also like to try Tulsi, Mint and Lemon Verbena Tea, Five Cs Golden Tea, Phanta Tea, or Gratitude Teas.

Explore our other teas and chai drinks, and browse our Ayurveda recipes. All of our drinks are here. Or browse our easy Late Winter recipes.

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Unusual Herbal Teas, Coffees and Infusions

Wonderful teas/infusions to make, especially in times of gratitude.

When the world seems a little out of kilter, have a cuppa tea. Need a lift? Make coffee.

Why not also try Cardamom Coffee, and Barley Coffee.

You could also browse all of our tea recipes. Learn about different spices here. Or be inspired by our Mid Autumn recipes.

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Panaka/Panagam | Indian Limeaide | A Summer Drink

This is a lovely Summer Drink of Indian origin. Panaka is an Indian Limeaide, sweet, tangy and very refreshing.

Similar recipes include Iced Tulsi Tea, Kewra Sherbet, and Mango Lassi.

Browse all of our Coolers and Indian Drinks. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials are here. Or explore our Mid Summer dishes.

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Strawberry Frappe

Refreshingly cool in hot weather

Would you believe, I first made this in December, 1998? Some recipes never date. And today I sit here, in 44C heat, without power or air-conditioning except for one power point. The electrician can’t come tonight. I need to have something to cool me down, and give me some sustenance. I can’t cook without electricity. I can’t eat – too hot. This cooling drink comes to mind.

The truth is, I love cooking things that I was making almost a decade ago. For a person who loves to experiment, loves to learn new things, it brings a sense of solidity, continuity, the expected, the sameness, the timelessness of life. Food fashions may have changed, we may have new ingredients, new cuisines, new tools and implements to explore. But the timelessness of some food is priceless.

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Seasonal Cooking | Staying Cool in Summer Heat | Cooling Drinks with Juices and Herbs

How to stay cool on hot days

Our Summers are hot and dry. Today, as I write it is over 40 C for the third day in a row, and the forecast is for 44. That is around 111F.

But is so quiet in the mornings. There is something about hot weather that subdues noise. Have you noticed? The morning is so peaceful – but still full of joy and expectation for the day.

In those peaceful couple of early morning hours, my thoughts turn to what to drink during the day. Is there ice in the freezer? Spring water available? What flavour of drink for today?

In the evenings, it can be so still, with nere a breath of wind, lit only by the moon. Looking for coolness, we sit outside, but it is only the cooling drinks which bring relief.

Similar recipes include Zucchini Juice Coolers,  and Watermelon Juice with Ginger and MInt. Browse our Lassi recipes too, for stunning Summer fruit and yoghurt smoothies.

You can browse our other Drinks here. Or explore our Mid Summer collection of recipes.

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Gin and Tonic with Chilli

Sometimes, a gal just needs a gin and tonic.

Tonight, for the first time in ages, I am sitting outside in a 30C lovely summer’s evening, on the balcony overlooking the hills, sipping a (Bombay) Gin and Tonic. But with a twist.

Did you know that a a piece of chilli added to a jug of cold water adds a refreshing taste without adding chilli heat? It does the same to a glass of Gin and Tonic.

So with the twist of lemon, add a twist of chilli. That’s it!

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How to Make Herbal Teas

An infusion of herbs and spices, to temper your day.

Herbal tea is a wonderful drink. Not having been much of a tea drinker yet always interested in herbs and lotions and potions, some time ago I started to regularly drink herbal tea. The truth is, you can make much more flavoursome teas than with shop bought herbal teas. I still enjoy playing with fresh and dried ingredients to make the great and unusual teas.

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Golden Saffron Spice Tea

I first came across this beautiful tea in a small shop in a village in South India.

There are certain “C” words that I love when in the kitchen. It is especially true when it comes to spices. My favourite and indispensable spices all being with C — Cloves, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Coriander seed, Cumin.

If you have these in your pantry, you have some of the Indian cooking Essentials. For example, Garam Masala uses them as a strong, warming basis.

But did you know that you can also make a very special infused tea from these same spices?

You might also like to try Phanta (Basil) Tea, Ayurvedic Teas, or Herbal Teas. Try Saffron Rice with Dates and Almonds also.

Or browse all of our Teas. Our Indian dishes are here and our Indian Essentials here. Or explore our Late Spring Recipes.

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