Cantaloupe Sweet Lassi is an Indian Summer drink made with whisking yogurt along with cardamom and saffron. Cantaloupe gives it a new taste and character on the traditional sweet lassi. This Indian-inspired no-cook fruit smoothie is a tangy treat!
I have a friend whose solution to any problem is, “Chal lets discuss it over a glass of lassi!” She is a North Indian and I know her since school days. For her, there was nothing a glass of lassi could not solve. Me being a South Indian, I would prefer the cool Chaas/Buttermilk but she would always insists that we split a glass of lassi. Over time, even I started liking it. There was a dairy place near our house which served the world’s best Sweet Lassi. On most evenings, we would stop by at that shop to have a tall glass of this delicious drink. It was loaded with cream on top and we would play silly by making lassi moustache! Even today, whenever I visit my home, I don’t forget to stop by at my favorite dairy store to enjoy this lassi . I need it in my life!
All my life, I only knew of and had tasted one kind of lass but on Pinterest, I was blown away by the options. It had never occurred to me that I could add different fruits to it and create a new kind of lassi just like that! So cool right?! While I was craving for lassi the other day, I too decided to create a fruit flavored drink. While raiding my freezer to check if I have stored some frozen fruits, luckily enough found a packet of frozen cantaloupe. Normally I like to use frozen fruits in smoothies to give it a texture so I usually stock my fridge with it. Finding cantaloupe in there, gave me the idea to make my Lassi using it. I have kept all other flavors of a traditional lassi intact.
The recipe is super easy. In a blender, add frozen cantaloupe, raisins, milk masala, cardamom powder, saffron and yogurt. Blitz to make a smooth puree consistency. Add water/ice cubes to dilute it if it’s too thick. Pour in serving glass and serve chilled. Garnish with saffron and cardamom before serving. I loved the simplicity of this recipe and the sweetness from cantaloupes and raisins makes this lassi irresistible. Its creamy and dreamy, both at the same time and is not very heavy but light. Now that Summer (not Winter) is coming, I think I am going to keep making this lassi every few days. Lassi as a drink is relished in Summers due to its cooling properties and I am now tempted to try more fruit variations with it. I of course, promise to share them with you as I do try.
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Cantaloupe Sweet Lassi
- 2 cups frozen cantaloupe
- 1 tsp milk masala
- 20 raisins
- 1 tsp cardamom powder
- Pinch of saffron
- 2 cups yogurt
- water/ice cubes as required
- Sugar - optional
- In a blender, add frozen cantaloupe, raisins, milk masala, cardamom powder, saffron and yogurt. Blitz to make a smooth puree consistency. Add water/ice cubes to dilute it if its too thick. Pour in serving glass and serve chilled. Garnish with saffron and cardamom before serving.
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Some other Indian themed drinks that you can try are Tomato Jal Jeera, Raspberry Shikanji, Lime Mix, Shrikhand Milkshake Piyush, Mango Mastani, Vegan Milk Masala Drink and Chickoo Milkshake. Here is something crazy that you can try – Indian Spiced Buttermilk Ice Pops! Some fruit based smoothies that you can try are Raspberry Mango Sunrise Smoothie, Vegan Mango Avocado Smoothie, Rambutan Rose Lassi, 4 Berry Chia Seeds Power Smoothie and 5 Varieties of Banana Smoothie.