Sunday 5 May 2013

Salted Jeera Lassi~ Chaas

Chaas, Lassi, Buttermilk are all the same just know as different names in different regions of India. It is natural yoghurt that is whisked with water and made  as a sweet version by adding fruits so it's similar to a smoothie. It can also be made as a savoury version by adding salt and spices. It is a common accompaniment to any Indian meal or just served as a refreshing drink in the summer to beat the heat.

Yield: Serves 2
Author: Nayna Kanabar
Salted Jeera Lassi~ Chaas

Salted Jeera Lassi~ Chaas

A refreshing drink to cool you down on a hot summers day. Made with natural yoghurt,water and crushed ice.Its delicately flavoured with salt and ground cumin and garnished with coriander . A cooling accompaniment to a spicy meal.
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


  • 450g natural yoghurt
  • 300 ml water
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground cumin (jeera)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander
  • 10 ice cubes crushed


  1. In a blender put the yoghurt and water.
  2. Add the salt and half the ground cumin and lemon juice.
  3. Blend till the mixture is frothy. Add the coriander reserving a little for garnish. Blend once more briefly.
  4. Half fill 2 tall glasses with crushed ice and top the ice with the salted Lassi
  5. Sprinkle with the fresh coriander and cumin powder.
  6. Serve immediately.


To make fresh ground cumin, dry roast the cumin in a pan for 3-4 minutes taking care not to burn it. Let it cool and then grind the cumin to a powder in a coffee grinder.This Lassi can be made with any natural yoghurt.

The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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There are many versions of Chaas or Lassi such as Masala Chaas, Spiced Buttermilk, Coriander Chaas, Mango Lassi and  Cardamon lassi. All the flavours are so delicious and they all pair with Indian Cuisine well. 
This Spiced Buttermilk  is made with Coriander, ginger and freshly ground cumin.

There are many versions of similar  drinks like Chaas served in different countries. The preparations and ingredients are similarly prepared such as in this Ayran, a Turkish drink served in Turkish Cuisine.

You may like : Sweet Mango and Coconut Lassi


  1. My in-laws eat a similar salted yoghurt drink in North Cyprus which is the Turkish side. I don't think it has the spices though. They would really improve the flavour.

  2. Perfect for the season, yummy one.

  3. What a tasty lassi! This sounds so refreshing on a hot summer day - and quite healthful too!

  4. I may have to give this a try. I like all of those flavors as an accompaniment to Indian food, but I'm not sure how I would feel about drinking them. Thanks for linking up at Pin It Tuesday.

  5. Yum! Going to try this when I next do a curry!

  6. I've never had Lassi. It would go well with a curry as yogurt does in general.

  7. oooh looks and sounds tasty x

  8. This looks great, it's definitely different to my usual summery drink. I think the juice of the lemon would give it the kick it needs to take away from the milkyness of it. xx

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