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Healthy Punjabi Beverage | Amritsari Lassi

Healthy Punjabi Beverage | Amritsari Lassi

Healthy Punjabi Beverage | Amritsari Lassi

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Punjabis are known to be foodies. As a matter of fact, you’ll realize that Punjabi culture revolves around Punjabi food. At the heart of Punjabi cuisine is a celebration of agriculture, with an abundance of grains, vegetables, and dairy products forming the cornerstone of many dishes. From the iconic tandoori meats and rich curries to the indulgent sweets and refreshing beverages such as (Punjabi buttermilk) Amritsari lassi, chai (tea), etc. Punjabi cuisine offers a diverse array of culinary delights that captivate both the palate and the imagination. Both chai and sweet Lassi serve as a perfect complement to the bold flavors of Punjabi recipes. In essence, Punjabi food and beverages present a harmonious blend of tradition, flavor, and hospitality, inviting all who partake to experience the warmth and richness of Punjabi culture.

What is Lassi ?

What is lassi

Let us talk about the famous Punjabi beverage- Lassi. Amritsari lassi is popular the world over.

Amritsari Lassi is a traditional yogurt-based drink that is typical of the Punjab region. It is made by blending yogurt (dahi) with water and sometimes includes sugar, spices, or fruit for added flavor. We can make Amritsari lassi in two main varieties: sweet Lassi and salty Lassi.

Amritsari Sweet lassi is made by blending yogurt with water and sugar, creating a creamy and refreshing drink with a hint of sweetness. It’s often flavored with rose water, cardamom, or saffron for added aroma and flavor.

Amritsari Salty lassi, on the other hand, is made by blending yogurt with water and salt, resulting in a tangy and savory beverage. It may also include spices such as roasted cumin (jeera) or black salt for extra flavor. It is essentially a popular summer drink that is consumed to keep the summer heat at bay.

Both sweet and salty Amritsari lassi are popular choices to accompany spicy Amritsar food, as they help to cool the palate and aid in digestion. Amritsari Lassi is not only enjoyed as a refreshing drink but is also sometimes served as a dessert or even as a side dish with meals. It’s a versatile and beloved beverage that reflects the culinary heritage of the Punjab region.

How is it prepared?

how amritsari lassi prepared

Let us give you the perfect Punjabi Lassi recipe that you can use to prepare Amritsari lassi at home without any hassle. Firstly, you have to combine plain yogurt and cold water. Then you have to add salt or sugar, depending on whether you’re making sweet or salty Lassi. If desired, you can add any additional flavorings, such as rose water, cardamom powder, or even fruit. Blend this mixture until smooth and frothy. Taste the Lassi and adjust the sweetness or saltiness according to your preference. If you prefer a thicker lassi, you can add more yogurt or reduce the amount of water. If you are making sweet Lassi, you can also add crushed ice to make it more chilled and refreshing. Once blended to your desired consistency, pour this lovely beverage into glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of roasted cumin powder, saffron strands, or mint leaves if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy the delicious and refreshing taste.

Bear in mind that Amritsari lassi can be customized as per your taste preferences, so you can experiment with different flavor combinations and ingredients to create your perfect blend of this classic Punjabi beverage.

Ingredients used in Lassi

ingredients used in Amritsari Lassi

Mentioned below are the ingredients for Famous Amritsari lassi:

 

  •   1 cup plain yogurt (preferably full-fat for a creamier texture
  •   1/2 cup cold water (adjust quantity based on desired consistency
  •   Sugar or honey (for sweet Lassi) OR salt (for salty Lassi), to taste
  •   Optional flavorings: crushed ice, rose water, cardamom powder, saffron strands, fruit (such as mango or strawberry), mint leaves, roasted cumin (jeera) powder

 

Best places to try Lassi in Amritsar

There are several places in Amritsar where you can enjoy authentic Punjabi lassi. Each spot offers its unique twist on this classic beverage, ensuring a delightful experience for lassi enthusiasts visiting the city.

Gian Di Lassi

Gian Di Lassi

To begin with, there is Gian Chand Lassi Wala near the Golden Temple. It has been serving traditional Punjabi lassi for decades.

Ahuja Lassi

Ahuja Lassi

Then there is Ahuja Lassi again near Golden Temple. It serves Lassi in earthenware (kulhad) cups. You can opt for toppings like malai or dry fruits.

Kanha Sweets

Kanha Sweets

Another popular lassi spot is Kanha Sweets at Lawrence Road. Their thick cream lassi is to die for.

So, if you fancy having a true taste of Punjab especially the City of Golden Temple you must revel in the amazing taste of Amritsari lassi. The food tour in Amritsar cannot be complete without Amritsari lassi tasting. This non–alcoholic drink from Amritsar Street is flavorsome and healthy. In short, Amritsari lassi holds a special place in Punjabi cuisine as a beloved traditional beverage that both locals and visitors enjoy to the hilt. Whether you’re cooling off on a hot summer day or indulging in a hearty Punjabi meal, don’t forget to raise a glass of Amritsari lassi and toast to the flavors and spirit of Punjab.

 

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