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So, What is Lassi?

So, What is Lassi?


So, What is Lassi?

Good question! We are not talking about Lassie – the celebrity dog of the eponymous movie and the TV show. Lassi (pronounced lus-SEE) (notice the missing “e” at the end) is a delicious, light, and frothy cultured-milk beverage from India. Lassi derives its sweet aroma and creamy taste from Dahi – a distant cousin of yogurt and popular in the Indian subcontinent for thousands of years. To make Lassi, Dahi and water are blended with salt or sugar until a thick layer of mouth-watering foam forms on top.

The making of Lassi. A man at a neighborhood Lassi shop in Punjab blending Lassi with a wooden churner.

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Lassi comes in many varieties. Both sweet and salty Lassi are popular in India. And, there are Lassis flavored with fruits, spices, or syrups. Flavors differ by regions in India, but overall, the most popular flavors are mango, saffron, and rose.

Lassi is arguably one of the most popular cold beverages in India, especially in Punjab, the Northern Indian state known for its rich culture and cuisine. Punjabis (as natives of Punjab are known) drink it as a healthy breakfast, a snack, or, simply, with their meals to tone down the spices. A tall glass of Lassi is also a token of Punjabi hospitality; people offer it to their guests during the blistering summer months. One can find Lassi sellers on every nook and corner of the state. These stores are a favorite meeting place to savor a refreshing glass of Lassi and discuss the day''s happenings.

dahlicious lassi embodies the true spirit of Punjab and mirrors the romance for authentic Lassi making. Enjoy it with your friends. You will notice that Lassi and gossips go extremely well together. Cheers!

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