Lassi is a natural drink typical of Hindu culture. This has important health benefits and is also quite refreshing, which is why it has become a popular drink in different parts of the world. In this article, we explain how to prepare it and we talk about its properties.

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Lassi: a typical drink of India


Lassi is a traditional refreshing drink from India that has centuries of history. There are numerous varieties, both sweet and savory, but the most widespread is that of mango. The ingredients to prepare it are the following:

  • 1 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1 / 2 cup milk
  • 1 cup of mango peeled and chopped
  • Ground cardamom
  • Sugar

Its preparation is easy and fast. You just have to blend (with a blender or in the Thermomix) all the ingredients until it is foamy (you can add water to make it more liquid). Then it is put in the fridge to cool down and it is ready to serve.

On the other hand, if we want to try a salty lassi, we can make it with salt, cumin and ground pepper. In this way, it can be a drink that accompanies main meals.

Vegan people can also enjoy a lassi. They will only have to substitute the dairy products mentioned above for soy yogurt and oat or rice milk.


Lassi contains numerous beneficial properties for our health. The most basic is that it fights dehydration, making it an ideal drink to drink in summer.

In addition, it helps digestive system, as it contains probiotics, prevents heartburn and regulates constipation or diarrhea. It is also good for the immune system.

Regarding its nutritional properties, this drink contains calcium, proteins, dairy ferments, carbohydrates and vitamins A, B, C, and D.


Lassi has been consumed in India, especially in the north, for thousands of years, because it is thought that it began to be elaborated around the year 1000 a. C. The area where it originated is Punjab.

This drink along with turmeric was prepared to combat stomach problems. In addition, it helped fight against hydration and was also used to counteract the spiciness of some dishes.

Turmeric is a spice used in countries like India, where it is used as a coloring in curries and other foods.

Likewise, even today it is still part of some religious rituals in the country, as well as food ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. Before it was taken at room temperature, but now it is served cold.


As we have indicated previously, there are countless different types of lassi that can be tried. The one that most attracts the attention of tourists visiting India is the bhang lassi, which carries cannabis and is consumed in some religious festivals in the country.

Another type is lassi masala, which is made with black pepper, cumin, and ginger. Also, some of the main ingredients most used are the following:

  • Banana
  • Strawberry
  • Coco
  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkin
  • Papaya

As you can see, it is possible to use your favorite fruit or some salty ingredient, so thanks to the simplicity of its preparation you can prepare it yourself in a few minutes.

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