Sunday, July 24, 2011

Strawberry Lassi



The end of last week was brutal and unbearable.  It was driving me crazy.


I’m referring to the absolutely ridiculous heat wave that struck New York on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Temperatures rose to well over 100°F, and the humidity in the air only made things feel even worse.  I dread when the temperature goes past 85°F, so this was just madness.  Friday was by far the worst day of the three; all the weather stations said the temperature reached 111°F, and for once, I believed the weatherman!  It certainly felt that hot.  The ten minutes that I spent outside on Friday afternoon to buy something for lunch were probably some of the worst ten minutes of my life.


Ok, I’m clearly exaggerating, I’m sure there have been worse moments in my life, but for argument’s sake…let’s just say those ten minutes were preetttyy bad.  Not to mention all the time I spent waiting in subway stations for the trains to arrive…that was pretty bad too. 

By the time I got home from my internship, I had made up my mind that there was absolutely no way I was going to bake a single thing during the entire weekend.  I had no desire to turn on the oven, or do anything of the sort. I wanted something that could be prepared really fast, required no heat, and was refreshing.


Enter strawberry lassi.  Lassi is an Indian yogurt-based fruit beverage, usually prepared with mango. I absolutely love lassi; I always find myself ordering it whenever I have Indian food (which is fairly often).  I had no mangos in my kitchen Friday afternoon, and there was NO way I was braving the heat again to go buy some at the supermarket, so I settled for fresh strawberries, which I conveniently happened to have in my refrigerator.  I’m glad I settled.  Strawberry lassi may be a bit unconventional, but it’s delicious!

Strawberry Lassi
Adapted from Joylicious

Ingredients

·      1 pound fresh strawberries, trimmed and halved
·      ½ cup honey
·      pinch of salt
·      2 cups plain Greek yogurt
·      1 cup crushed ice

Directions

Combine the strawberries, honey, and salt in a blender.  Purée until the strawberries are smooth. 


Add the Greek yogurt, and blend until smooth.  Repeat with the ice. 


Serve immediately.

48 comments:

  1. omg i am going to make this like right now.

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  2. Normally I don't comment on posts, but you Eastern Coast people need to suck it up. You hit 100+ temperatures for a few days...who cares??!! Texas has had 100+ for over 20 days now and we certainly don't b**** about it, or at least not as much as y'all do. And our heat index frequently hits 110+. Geez, get a hold of yourselves! Having said that, I can't wait to try your recipe. It looks delicious!

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    1. My dear Lindsay... Whether it's hot on the East Coast, or Texas hot on the West Coast, EVERYBODY complains ! The point of Nina's article (and submission of her recipe) is for EVERYONE to enjoy ! I must say, I do detect just a bit of angst towards New Yorkers...? Well, my sincere apologies you feel that way. Perhaps it's time for you to get over yourself ? ? ?

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    2. I agree with deSangiovese. Back off Lindsay. That's rude and inappropriate. I enjoyed the article and thanks for the awesome recipe. I'm also gonna try it today!

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    3. The East Coast's heat is way different than the heat of Texas. Texas heat is dry and the East Coast heat is humid. I live in SC and we have humid days even in the winter, if we even get a winter. Some days it is like walking out into an oven because the air feels so thick and you feel like you can't even breathe.

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    4. Lindsay - That was an uncalled for comment. If you have ever been to New York in the summer with the humidity and you didn't complain, I would be shocked! I have lived all over the US and the humidity in these states adds horribly to this heat. I loved this recipe! It was delicious, thank you for sharing!

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    5. Texas heat is NOT DRY. At least not all across the huge state. East Texas is humid year round. I'm going to try this recipie for my birthday.

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    6. Lindsay, you need to get over your self and not leave nasty comments on a recipe! seriously you have a ton of growing up to do apparently and FYI! i lived in Mesa AZ, where it gets hotter than your lame ol Texas. and I live on the east coast. its worse out here just so you know, its not the dry heat where it is hard to breathe, its the humid, sweat your behind off as soon as you walk out the door kind of heat where at times its hard to breath. so you better check yourself next time leaving a remark because by the response you have received, not a single person agrees with what you said. NOW NINA! i am going to try this, my hubby will enjoy this! :D

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  3. I just found what I'm going to have for lunch! The husband just brought home a box of strawberries and there's greek yogurt in the fridge. Thanks!

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  4. Wow, looks very nice. I like it. And it looks very sweet. The flavor was very good. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Just curious about how much did this recipe make?

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    1. I am not exactly sure how much it made (as far as an exact measurement), but there was definitely enough lassi for 4-6 servings. Hope this helps!

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  6. Just made this. OMG so good. I added a banana as well (only cause it was going to go bad).

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    1. mmm, that sounds delicious, i'm going to have to try that!

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  7. This is so incredibly delicious! The first time I made it, it was a bit sweet for me so I decreased the honey to 1/3 cup. Perfect! I have been obsessing about this ever since I tried it the first time. I crave it all the time. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. I'm glad you like it! I find myself craving it often too, good thing it's pretty healthy! :)

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  8. Made it for dessert tonight, and husband and I BOTH love it! I added a little Bob's Red Mill Plain Granola to mine!

    Thanks so much for sharing -- it is rare for me to see juice/smoothie recipes where I already have all the ingredients, but this time I did! =-)

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    1. Wow, I would have never thought to add granola to this recipe, but it sounds like a great idea! I'll have to give it a try, thanks for sharing!

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  9. indian restaurants make their lassi with one part yogurt to one part buttermilk-- have you tried that? i've tried lots of different lassi recipes and while they were all good, none of them tasted authentic. the buttermilk alters the flavor just right.

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    1. I haven't tried making lassi with buttermilk, but now that you've suggested it, I will definitely try it out!

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  10. I have to comment again -- I've made this recipe several times now -- adding granola or fresh blueberries (or both!) and it has been delicious EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. Once I used frozen fruit and omitted the ice -- still yummy!

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  11. I picked a lot of strawberries yesterday, and this morning I saw your strawberry lassi on Pinterest, and made it for breakfast! Yum! The only change I made was using buttermilk (I now see that people already commented on that possibility :-) ). Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

    I am also very glad I found your site - it's just beautiful :-) It would be great to see some of your creations on RecipeNewZ - it's a new recipe sharing site, and we already have recipes from hundreds of blogs. I am inviting you to try it too: http://recipenewz.com

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    1. Did the buttermilk not make it a lil more sour and less thick? i haven't used buttermilk often so I'm curious.

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  12. So making this tonight!! Thank you! (And I feel your pain...I spent a few years in Connecticut, and I have to say...the weather was the thing that sent me scurrying back to Seattle. It may be grey here, but at least I don't feel like strangling strangers on the street. Or I WOULD if I could just get up the energy to move. ;-)) (I spent a few years in Hong Kong as well...the weather is similar, only we had thunder storms and a lot more rain. Hot, sticky, humid, rain. Yum.)

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  13. This sound really good, I'll try it out!

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  14. My girls and I enjoyed this as part of our lunch today and they loved it. The only thing I had to change was the yogurt. My girls are dairy intolerant so I used 1 cup of almond milk in stead and just added a little extra ice. It went great with our cheese and crackers. Thanks

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  15. Omgosh... That was heavenly!! Hope the serving was one, because I didn't share a sip.

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  16. I tried this and it was amazing! Thanks for sharing! x

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  17. This was DELICIOUS! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  18. saw this on pinterest! your pics are amazing, just like your recipes.

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    1. Aw thank you! I'm still learning a lot about photography, but I enjoy it very much!

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  19. Looks great! Instead of honey I think I will make it with some splenda to make it low carb. :) Thanks fot the idea!

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  20. Doing this with peaches the second I wake up! Sounds delicious!

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  21. Repinned! Looks & sounds heavenly! Great top-down photo - I want to reach thru my screen & take a big gulp! :)

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  22. Am drinking one right now. Very tasty. Made mine a little sweeter, but it's still tangy from the great yogurt from the Lebanese restaurant. Will be making this often. Thanks for posting.

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  23. I saw this on Pinterest and it looked amazing so I pinned it, hoping to try it out some other time. I tried it out this morning however I didn't have Greek yogurt or strawberries, so I substituted bananas and 2% milk and it turned out AMAZING! I couldn't get enough of it and drank the whole thing! Even my mother thought it tasted delicious and she hates smoothies! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Awesome, glad you liked it! And thanks for re-pinning! :)

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  24. I have a gastric band so make meals like this often with Greek yogurt or high protein mesl replacement powder. So refreshing with fresh or frozen fruit or some of each. I put almond meal in it too to add some MUFA .'s. Natural Peanut butter works too !

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  25. This recipe produces a nice lassi. Thanks for the recipe!

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  26. Hi Nina,

    I LOVE this recipe! I am printing a cookbook of some of my favorite recipes for personal use and am wondering if I could use this recipe and a picture, along with your blog address.

    Thanks for your wonderful blog!

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    1. Hi Miranda, glad you like the recipe! Thanks for asking about the cookbook, it would be great to be featured in it! Thanks for visiting :)

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