Strawberry Lassi is a delicious twist on the famous Indian lassi. Made using just 5 ingredients, this is a pretty, creamy and refreshing summer drink.
Strawberry lassi is a variation to the hugely popular mango lassi! A trip to an Indian restaurant is never complete without a tall glass of mango lassi. I created a fun twist using strawberries instead of mango!
Lassi is a yogurt-based drink that’s said to have originated in Punjab region. Traditionally, people made lassi by hand-blending homemade yogurt with water and salt. It served as a cooling hydrating drink against the intense summer heat and calming the stomach due to its high probiotic value.
It was traditionally served in a clay cup, called a kulhar and street vendors usually top them with an extra dollop of cream or malai before serving.
Lassis come in various flavors, such as salty, sweet, spices or with fruits and with mango lassi becoming the most favorite. You can also find few unusual varieties like chocolate or caramel lassis in modern days.
What is Strawberry Lassi? It is made with the traditional lassi base along with fresh strawberries blended along with it. Just as a strawberry yogurt smoothie, it is sweet with a touch of tartness and a hint of cardamom for an Indian twist.
Why this recipe works
- Perfect fruit to yogurt ratio, so you do not end up tasting only strawberry puree or a sweetened yogurt drink with mild fruity flavor.
- Make it year round using fresh or frozen strawberries.
- Customize the recipe to suit your taste.
Scroll down to the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and amounts.
This recipe requires 5 ingredients, and each plays an important part in the flavor and consistency. Here’s what you need to know about them:
- Strawberry - Select sweet, ripe fruits that are red all the way through. Frozen fruits are sometimes not as sweet as the hand picked fresh ones in the peak of spring season. Have you tried this strawberry kulfi?
- Yogurt - Greek style yogurt is regular yogurt that has been strained to remove its whey. It is much thicker and has a creamier consistency. Plain or homemade yogurt can be used instead.
- Milk - Adding milk to your strawberry lassi recipe will give a creamier consistency and bumps up the nutritive value.
- Sugar - Traditionally white sugar is used to sweeten. However you can use honey or maple syrup too.
- Cardamom - This is optional, but is gives an authentic taste.
You can choose to make strawberry lassi simply without any added flavorings. However a touch of flavorings elevates the drink and makes it taste exotic. Few great flavoring ideas are:
- Ground cardamom (as given in the recipe)
- Vanilla extract
- Rose water
- A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- Kewra water
How to make?
You can find full printable recipe below, but here is a quick overview of the procedure along with step-by-step photos.
1 & 2. Wash strawberries, slice off their green tops and chop into pieces or add them whole into a blender. Add chopped strawberries, yogurt, milk, sugar and ground cardamom into a blender, blend and serve immediately.
Pro tip: When selecting strawberries. you can usually tell if it is sweet by looking at the color of the strawberry. If it has lighter parts near the stem, it's going to be more sour than a berry that is a brilliant red all over.
3. Add plain greek yogurt, milk, sugar and ground cardamom.
4. Blend until smooth and creamy.
How to serve?
Pour blended strawberry lassi into a tall glass and serve. If you like to make it pretty, the garnish with chopped pistachios, sliced almonds, fresh mint leaves, chopped or whole strawberries or fresh cream.
Can you make ahead?
Refrigerate strawberry lassi in sealed jars for up to two days. This drink keeps well for about 1 to 2 days in the fridge. It can also be frozen in ice cube trays or popsicle molds and enjoyed as a frozen treat later.
- Best blenders – A high speed blender like Vitamix or NutriBullet is great for smoothies.
- Sweeten to taste – Adjust sugar depending on your taste and sweetness of the berries used. Make sure that your fruit is super ripe for some natural sweetness.
- Sugar - Honey, jaggery, maple syrup or agave can be used instead of plain sugar. Stick with white sugar for a more authentic tasting strawberry lassi.
- Use sweet ripe strawberries - They will give the best tasting drink.
- Make it vegan - Use almond milk yogurt and skip regular milk to make it vegan.
By definition, lassi is a yogurt based drink. It would technically not be a lassi without yogurt!
The brighter and darker the color, the sweeter the strawberry. Choose berries that have a natural shine with minimal discoloration and fresh green caps without any whiteness around the stems.
More creative Indian recipes
- 1 cup + ¾ cup chopped strawberries
- 1 cup greek yogurt (or use plain yogurt)
- ½ cup milk
- 2 to 5 tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
- Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
Nutritional information, based on third-party calculations, should be seen as estimates, not guarantees, as various factors like product types, brands, processing methods, and more can alter the nutritional content in recipes.
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