During the hot summer months in India, plain yogurt-based and mint-flavored lhassi are nutritious, restorative drinks.
Basic Yogurt Drink (Lhassi)
You can add mango juice and substitute salt with sugar to make delicious mango lhassi.
2 cups plain yogurt
5 cups water
1 teaspoon roasted ground cumin
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine (optional)
¼ teaspoon ground black peppercorn
Salt to taste
In a food processor, puree the yogurt, 5 cups water, cumin, pepper, and salt for 2 minutes.
Serve in medium glasses and garnish with fresh mint leaves.
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