Chilli Pickle spiced lassi

The other day I had lunch at the Chilli Pickle and got inspired to retry a drink I had previously disregarded. Having never been a fan of sweet fruity lassis, I’m not exaggerating when I say it was a revelation to discover that you can’t beat a savoury one. Now I can’t think of another non-alcoholic drink that offers so many different flavours and sensations. I was so excited by my spiced lassi I asked the Chilli Pickle to share the recipe and, happily, they obliged. What with the snow, today seemed a perfect day for a white drink that is both cool and warm at the same time, so I whipped up a batch to serve with dinner. It’s nearly as delicious as the one I had at lunch, and I thoroughly recommend making some to serve with your next homemade or takeaway curry.

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Chilli Pickle Spiced Lassi

Recipe courtesy Dawn Sperring, who says:

We obviously make a larger amount each day as it is quite a good seller so the quantities are a bit tricky. The lassi should be to your own personal preference as you may like it spicier or decide it is better with more ginger, but here is a rough guide with the assumption you buy 1 litre natural yoghurt. Acidic yoghurt works best, so try to avoid Greek varieties as it isn’t as good if the yoghurt is creamy. You must make sure you roast the cumin in a dry pan first, to bring out the flavour and prevent it from tasting too ‘raw’, and you may need to add a little water to the yoghurt for a better pouring consistency. Once made, the spiced lassi can keep for a few days in the fridge.

1 litre plain yoghurt
1 teaspoon roasted crushed cumin
1 dessert spoon finely diced ginger
1/2 teaspoon finely diced green chilli
Salt to taste

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I'm a freelance writer, designer and webby type. I live with my husband and daughter in the south of England. I like to cook and can throw a good party.

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2 comments on “Chilli Pickle spiced lassi

  1. March 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Hmmm. Have tricky relationship with lassis due to accidentally picking a jazzy one in a Himalayan cafe as a teenager. Who knew ‘bang’ didn’t mean ‘will give you a good, healthy kick-start on this last leg of the treck’?

    • March 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Hahaha, oh dear. I can promise you there are no such surprises in this version, even though I have used the words ‘so many different flavours and sensations’.

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