Lassi - for the un-initiated is a south Asian sweet, sour and salty yogurt based drink, I guess I would sort of describe it as alternative to milkshake. It is traditionally made up of a blend of home-made natural yogurt, water or milk and seasoning and used to be made by hand with a wooden whisk/stirrer/frother, all I can say now is thank goodness for the food blender/processor as it just takes moments to make.
I grew up drinking both the savoury version flavoured with salt or cumin; or the sweet one enhanced with sugar and almonds. Sometimes my mother would vary it with fruit, namely with mangoes from Pakistan. It was always, always made with home-made yogurt, but I have to say I am not as organised as my mother and my natural yogurt comes from a tub - not the same for sure, but it will do as a substitute for my Strawberry and Black Pepper Lassi.
My strawberry and black pepper lassi was with strawberries that I had just picked from my own garden. Initially it was just going to be a simple strawberry lassi, but felt it was lacking something - so a twist of black pepper was added. It certainly perked me up.
As I was taking a photograph of my Strawberry and Black Pepper Lassi, Moggy - the cat who has adopted us came up out of curiosity, so of course I had to snap a photograph of her too.Strawberry and Black Pepper Lassi
Handful of fresh, hulled strawberries
160g homemade yogurt or natural live yogurt such as Henna. (Its not a heavy yogurt like Greek Yogurt and is good to use in smoothies or to use for marinades)
Sugar, honey or maple syrup to taste
Twist of fresh black pepper (do not use the powder form here)
Optional: ice cubes
Blend all the ingredients (except for the black pepper and ice cubes) in a food blender until smooth. Taste, tweak and adjust to suit your taste buds, blitz again if necessary. Pour over optional ice-cubes for a cooler drink and add a twist of black pepper, stir well before drinking.