Spices and Seasons – Strawberry and Banana Lassi or Yogurt Drink

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Lassi_sq Summer is here! Summer is here! And, I realized this last week when I chanced into the Croton Farmers market and spied my first batch of fresh and ripe strawberries. They were freshly picked shiny and waiting to be savored. I have mostly been enjoying them plain, in handfuls, have been savoring them with saffron whipped cream (a recipe from the Spices and Seasons cookbook) and been enjoying them for breakfast in a lassi. Lassi is an Indian style yogurt smoothie, that can be enjoyed both sweet and lightly salted and I tell you more about them in this post.

Today’s recipe is for a strawberry and banana lassi. This should give you another way to use up those wonderful overripe bananas, that are nature’s powerhouses of protein and nutrition. Sure there is banana bread, but, lets face it, when its hot you really do not want to crank up the oven do you. In this single glass, I actually end up with two servings of my fruit for the day which gets me as you can imagine on to a very good start.

Bowl of Strawberries

The last few days, I have been doing other fun things with strawberries as well, which I shall share with you over the next few months and of course if you want to play along and see what I do as I do it, make sure you check out my instagram page or join me on twitter @wchestermasala. Now, once you have yogurt, a super ripe banana and the strawberries, this takes less than 10 minutes to put together. And just because, I love to add flavor (read spice to everything) I add just a whisper of freshly grated nutmeg to balance things out.

Spices and Seasons – Strawberry and Banana Lassi or Yogurt Drink

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

A Indian summery cooler called lassi, made with strawberries, bananas and yogurt.

Ingredients

  • 11/2 cups of natural low fat yogurt
  • 1 pint of freshly hulled strawberries
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup water
  • freshly ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Add the yogurt, strawberries, bananas, water and the nutmeg to the blender and blend until smooth.
  2. This should take about 5 minutes.
  3. Chill for 30 minutes or longer and pour into glasses and serve.
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Strawberry and Banana Lassi (Yogurt Drink)

Ingredient

11/2 cups of natural low fat yogurt

1 pint of freshly hulled strawberries

1 very ripe banana

1/3 cup water

freshly ground nutmeg

Method of Preparation

Add the yogurt, strawberries, bananas, water and the nutmeg to the blender and blend until smooth.

This should take about 5 minutes.

Chill for 30 minutes or longer and pour into glasses and serve.

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About Author

Rinku Bhattacharya, the Spices & Seasons blogger, is a daytime financial professional, who spends the rest of her time immersed in food. Rinku is the author of the blog, Spice Chronicles (formerly,Cooking in Westchester), where she shares her life experiences, original recipes that combine Indian spices with produce from her backyard and local farmers markets. Rinku is blessed with a gardener husband, who always surprises her with a prolific and fresh supply of produce to keep her creative instincts flowing. Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past six years. Rinku is also the author of the Bengali Five Spice Chronicles an award winning (Gourmand 2013) cookbook, that highlights and offers many simple Indian recipes off the beaten path. Her second cookbook, Spices and Seasons, uses the approach in this column and marries Indian flavors with local and seasonal produce. Rinku can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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