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Rose Lassi

Lassi is a yogurt-based beverage, originated from India where it exists in several versions: salty, spicy or sweet. Sweet Lassi is a recent invention that is flavoured with rosewater or lemon, mango, or other fruit juice. It's a very refreshing drink to have during a hot summer weather and is also a great way to dose that fire from an overly spicy dish.:-)

I can still remember the first time I had lassi...no, it wasn't in Singapore but in France. Wait... Singapore girl never had lassi before in her entire life living in Singapore??? You must be wondering which planet I've been living in. And it takes a French man to introduce this delicious drink to this Suah Koo (pronounced as "swah-koo" - a Hokkien dialect word) cooking ninja. Given the large Indian community in Singapore, you'd expect it to be the other way around... how on earth I never once tried lassi in my whole life in Singapore, beats me.

Rose Lassi

(taken from Bôllyfood by Marie-Laure Tombini)

  • 300 g Greek yogurt
  • 4 tbsp sugar (fine)
  • 1 tbsp rose essence
  • 3 drops red colouring
  1. Mix all the ingredients with 150 ml water or whisk the mixture until frothy.
  2. Keep it in the refrigerator till it's ready to be served.
The Verdict

It's super delicious and is as good as those I drank in the restaurants. Had I known it's so easy to make one at home, I would have made some long long time ago, no need to go to an Indian restaurant for one anymore.:-D


Because we couldn't get our hands on rose essence, we did ours with some rose syrup instead, and skipped on the sugar. We also experimented with the 2 different way of preparing it: the whisked one was a bit too thick to our taste, and the solution of adding water gave a more satisfying and liquid enough drink (I like not to drink with a spoon... and I could adjust the amount of water to suit my taste). Also found out that 300 ml yogurt will only make 4 small glasses of lassi.

Some make their lassi with ice instead of water and blend it in the blender. It'll probably be more of a frozen yogurt.:-)

Rose lassi
#1, by indosungod (08/11/2007)

Rose Lassi is a first for me, looks slurpy. Have you tried
yogurt with jaggery?

#2, by The Cooking Ninja (08/11/2007)

@indosungod: Nope but will try it next time:-)

#3, by Little Corner of Mine (08/11/2007)

I had Mango lassi in an Indian restaurant before and I didn't even know it was made with yogurt! :P

#4, by Kelly Mahoney (08/11/2007)

Looks like a great dessert or snack. I love yogurt-style drinks, yum.

#5, by Nora (08/12/2007)

Sounds wonderful. Makes me want to make some myself. And it's getting warmer here, so lassi will be a good idea. Do you think rose water will work as well?

p/s: I know what you mean about discovering "common" things from Singapore only when you are in another country. So many things I took for granted till I am living in another country.:-)

#6, by ashley (08/12/2007)

I didn't know that there were salty and spicy lassis. I've only seen the sweet ones.

#7, by Jackson Kah (08/12/2007)

gulp....gulp..... i think im more"sua -gu" than u... i still havent try this drinks before..

#8, by Truffle (08/12/2007)

I absolutely love lassi so it was wonderful seeing this post!

#9, by The Cooking Ninja (08/12/2007)

@Little Corner of Mine: Oh ... I love mango lassi too. My other half love salty ones but I prefer sweet ones.:-)

@Kelly: It's a great drink to have for summer and with spicy food.:-)

@Nora: Yes, you can use with rose water but you need to add sugar to it. Some even add a pinch of cardamon.:-)

@Ashley: I have yet to try the spicy ones.:-)

@Jackson: It's still not too late to try it.:-)

@Truffle: Something so simple to make yet so delicious and doesn't cost much to make it yourself.:-)

#10, by Cynthia (08/12/2007)

I've had mango-flavoured lassi before but I find it so rich that I can only have it in small quantities.

#11, by lynn (08/13/2007)

I've never heard of this drink before but it looks delicious and refreshing. Since it's so simple, I'll have to give it a try!

#12, by valentinA (08/13/2007)

Wow, it's the first time I read something like Lassi! Sounds interesting plus easy to whip out:)

#13, by isha (08/13/2007)

i luv lassi, specially mango lassi, so refreshing in the hot weather:-)

#14, by Susan (08/13/2007)

Thanks for pointing up how easy this is to make. I'm a sucker for anything rose. I always have a bottle of rosewater on hand.

#15, by Olivier (08/13/2007)

J'adore boire du lassi à la rose, dans un bon restaurant indou. le contrasme entre les epices et le goût du lassi, un delice.

I adore drinking of the lassi to the Rose, in a Hindu good restoring. the contrasme between spices and the taste of the lassi, a delight.

#16, by Lori (08/13/2007)

That sounds very refreshing. I love lassi too, but have never tried one with rose essence. This one must be delicous!

#17, by Patricia Scarpin (08/13/2007)

I need to try some lassi recipes! Yours would be a good start!

#18, by ilingc (08/14/2007)

I've never had lassi before coming to Australia and I'm from Malaysia!:-D
quick question, do you think I could substitute the rose essence with rose water?

#19, by The Cooking Ninja (08/14/2007)

@Cynthia: What I like about home-made lassi is that we can make it according to our taste - more dilute or more concentrated.:-)

@lynn: Have fun making it.:-)

@valentinA: Welcome to Lassi Club!:-)

@Isha: I totally agree with:-)

@Susan: oh...hmm, I know of another drink that uses rose essence. I got to dig out the recipe;-)

@Olivier: I agree with you on that.

@Lori: Oh yes, it is delicious:-) I prefer this to salty ones.

@Patricia: Have fun making and drinking it:-)

@ilingc: Yes you can substitute rose essence with rose water.:-)

#20, by Will (11/15/2008)

Yes, a lot of ppl use rose water to make rose lassi.