I've been trying out some Indian food recipes lately. (That's Indian as in India, not American Indian.) Mostly for the curry. The fact that my wife loves curries, too, doesn't hurt. So, tonight I cooked up some tumeric rice and a Chicken Tikka Masala dish.
Okay. Tikka Masala was actually invented in Great Britain, but hey. The spices came from India.
Lassi, a refreshing yogurt drink enjoyed in India an all across western Asia, is the perfect foil for a curry or other spicy foods. When served with food, it's made slightly saltier. This version is sweeter and is meant to be served after the meal. Feel free to add pieces mango, bananas, or other fruit it you desire.
2 1/2 cups plain yogurt
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2 cups water
Put the yogurt into a large mixing bowl. Whisk until smooth. Add the sugar and salt (just a pinch!) to the yogurt and mix completely. Stir in the water. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator. Stir the lassi and pour into glasses for serving.
The addition of salt actually emphasizes the sweetness, but be careful not to add too much. Vary the amount of sugar according to your tastes.
Makes four servings. This recipe can be easily adapted to any number of servings.
Photo by Steve Woods.