Made with cold yoghurt and flavoured here with sweet rose water. It is drunk mainly in northern India during the hot summer months. Rose water is a common ingredient in Indian desserts, and adds a sweet, perfumed aroma. Here are instructions for making sweet lassi.
Ingredients – 1 green cardamom pod, 3 1⁄3 fl oz (around 100 ml) natural unsweetened yoghurt, 1 ½ tsp caster or demerara sugar, 1 tsp rose water, 6 ¾ fl oz (around 200 ml) cold water, 4 mint leaves.
Use the back of a spoon to gently crush a green cardamom pod, until it splits. Remove the seeds with your fingers, and throw away the outer case.
Put the cardamom seeds into a mixing bowl or jug, along with 100ml of unsweetened natural yoghurt, 11/2 teaspoons of caster or demerara sugar, 1 teaspoon of rose water and 200ml of cold water.
Pour into glasses. Garnish with a few mint leaves.