This Lemon lassi, bursting with the flavours of lemon and mint, is a very refreshing and soothing summer drink.Jump to Recipe
Thinking of recipes from alphabet L, for Blog Chatters A2Z Challenge, something from lemon appealed me the most as lemon is the perfect thing to have in summers. Lemonade is the most preferred drink to have in summers as it is not only refreshing but also detoxifies the body.
Today, while trying to come up with a lemon dip, what I finally end up getting was a lemon smoothie or say lemon lassi.
Thus I have come up with a very easy peasy recipe. Stress, due to 14 days of continuous blogging plus otherwise hectic schedule due to Navratri days, is hovering on me too. Though I have not been able to catch up yet but really liked Priyanka Nair’s (one of the co-bloggers in A2Z Challenge) title to her today’s post ‘Lack Of Sleep. This is very much true, I think for all of us. But then this why it is called a challenge as is letting us go beyond our capabilities. But the simple fact is that beyond these hardships I am just loving it. And tomorrow’s official break is enough to rejuvenate us :)-
Coming back to our recipe, as we all know the base of lassi is yogurt. Yogurt is a good source of probiotics which means it promotes the growth of healthy bacteria and reduces the growth of bad bacteria in our digestive system. Lassi keeps well hydrated. Apart from this being rich in calcium, it boosts the immune system and helps in maintaining strong bones and teeth. You can read more about the benefits of Lassi here.
And lemon lassi has an edge over normal lassi as it has additional Vitamin C coming from the lemons.
This Lemon Lassi is the easiest to make and is the best thing to have in summers. You can add mint or basil in it for additional freshness. To make it sweet, you can use the sweetener of your choice. Be it honey or unrefined sugar or stevia or anything else.
Give this cold Lemon Smoothie to your darlings before going to school or after they come from school and they will just love it. If they don’t want to have milk in the morning, just don’t pressurize them to have it. Instead, give them this chilled lemon lassi.
This lemon lassi is full of flavour and let me tell you that the flavour comes not from lemon juice but from the lemon zest. And what about that lemon dip? Oh, very soon I will share its recipe also.
Lemon zest, as you know is highly aromatic. Lemon juice has the taste but lemon zest has the aroma. After grating lemon to get the zest, your hands continue smelling lemony for a long time. Other than the aroma, lemon zest has great nutritional benefits too.
Lemon zest is in fact powerhouse of nutrition being loaded with fibre, calcium, vitamin C and minerals. Unfortunately, we squeeze out the juice and throw away the peels. Whereas these peels are so valuable. I already have a post titled ‘How To Use lemon Peels’. You may go through that and I promise, you will never again throw these valuable peels.
But what exactly is lemon zest?
So, lemon zest is just the yellow/green covering on the lemon. The white part beneath it also called pith is bitter and one should take care not to use it for culinary purposes.
How to get lemon zest:
To get lemon zest, grate the lemon only from the lemon part. The moment you touch the white part stop grating and turn over. Do not grate the white part. If possible, it is best to put the lemons in the freezer for a few hours. As the lemon freezes, the skin hardens and thus grating it becomes easier. Thereafter, you can put the whole lemon as it is in the squuezer and extract its juice. No need to cut into two, as we otherwise do.
Now, lets see the easy peasy recipe of Lemon Lassi.
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Refreshing Lemon Lassi
Bursting with the flavours of lemon and mint this Lemon Lassi is a cool and refreshing Summer drink.
- 4 Tbsp Yogurt
- 3/4 Cup Water
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Lemon Zest
- 1 Tbsp Or as per taste Sugar Powder
- Few sprigs of Mint/Basil
- Few Ice Cubes.
- Before extracting juice from lemons, grate these to get its zest. Grate only the yellow part avoiding the white part beneath it. After grating extract its juice. You can put the whole lemon, without cutting into 2, in the lemon squeezer and get perfect juice.
- Chop mint/basil leaves very finely.
- In a blender, put everything, yogurt, water, ice cubes, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar powder, and basil/mint leaves. Blend it for 30 seconds or so.
- Serve with love, crackers optional.
- Try to use thick yogurt. In case it is very watery then keep it in a strainer for a while.
- Use any sweetener of your choice.
- You can make it ahead in the refrigerator. At the time of serving, just churn it again in the blender.
- Lemon zest, if extra, can be stored in the freezer. Use it for garnishing salads, soups or veggies.
Hope you will surely try out this easy, yummy and healthy recipe for your darlings. Please…do not forget to share your feedback.
So, that was alphabet L. Will see you on Monday, after tomorrows break, with another yummy recipe from M
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