Spicy Lassi
© 1994, Excerpted with permission from Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing by Usha and Dr. Vasant Lad

Ingredients

2 cups water
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 Tbs Sucanat or other sugar (or to taste)
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp

fresh, grated ginger
OR 1/4 tsp dry ginger

 

Cardamom Pods

 

Preparation

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend for 1-2 minutes. Adjust sugar according to taste and dosha.

Doshic Notes

Good for all doshas, especially kapha. Blending the yogurt kindles the agni principle.
Serves 4.

 

Ayurveda recommends that you have a warm drink with your meal to help with digestion, but that the quantity should be no more than a cup.

At the end of a meal, a cup of lassi—made with diluted yogurt or buttermilk—can be a good aid to digestion.

Since this recipe is balancing for kapha, it can even be consumed in winter.

 

cardamom image © Ben Phillips, bphillips@istockphoto.com

 
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