Saffron-Cardamom Lassi

By • April 21, 2010 • 9 Comments

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Author Notes: On our honeymoon in India, my husband and I became separated from our fabulous driver one sweltering afternoon in the bangle bazaars of Jaipur. At a loss for how to reconnect (no cell phones!), we headed for the one place we were sure he would come looking: the cafe where we returned time and again to cool off over an icy lassi. With this recipe, though it takes a bit more time, I really recommend grinding the cardamom fresh. - gluttonforlifegluttonforlife

Food52 Review: This recipe is quick to blend up, but leaves you feeling as if you've traveled to an exotic locale. The spices and sugar are a perfect foil for the tangy yogurt. I adore cardamom, but don't use saffron much in my kitchen -- I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked how it tastes in this lassi. The saffron also adds lovely orange colored flecks to this delicious drink. It's a wonderful warm weather refresher as is; I also loved it with a banana blended in (and have added it to my breakfast repertoire). - WinnieAbA&M

Serves 2

  • 2 cups whole-milk organic yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup ice water
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 1 generous pinch sea salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
  1. In a small cup, stir saffron into 1 tablespoon boiling water; let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Puree yogurt, sugar, cardamom, salt and saffron mixture in blender until thoroughly mixed. Chill until ice cold.
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over 3 years ago Palate818

I'm going to the store right now to get the ingredients. Sounds amazing.


over 4 years ago Rivka

This looks divine.


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I bet if you put this into an ice cream freezer, it would make a great frozen yogurt.


over 4 years ago gluttonforlife

Great idea!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I just made this to drink after spin class. Quite delicious--and I only had lowfat yogurt in the house, but it's rich and creamy all the same!


over 4 years ago monkeymom

We love mango lassi...this one sounds so interesting, can't wait to try it!


over 4 years ago cheese1227

SO, did the driver find you?

As I found with Brenna's Saffron Semifreddo with Cherry-Cardamom Syrup and Salted Honey-Hazelnuts recipe, I love cardamom and saffron together. I will try this drink on my lassi-loving husband.


over 4 years ago gluttonforlife

Sure enough, just as I was biting into my first samosa, he showed up!


over 4 years ago shayma

ah, what a wonderful story! and i *love* this combination of flavours. love how the Indians have flavours in their lassi- like saffron or mango, wish we would do this in Pakistan, too! or maybe i should make a trip to your fave cafe in India. beautiful recipe, so fragrant.