Lassi, the Indian yogurt drink that's meant to soothe your soul after the beating of a hot curry, traditionally comes plain (sometimes salted) or blended with mango pulp. Both are delicious, but it's strawberry season here and it's already sweltering: a lassi beckoned. So, this morning, I swapped a few fresh strawberries for the mango, tossed in a handful of mint leaves and a little raw sugar (a lassi should suggest sweetness, but shouldn't be sweet). The blender whirred away until the sugar dissolved and the yogurt became stained pink, then my daughter and I sat on the kitchen floor and drank the whole batch. Be prepared to do the same.
Strawberry Mint Lassi
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14 ounces Fage Greek yogurt (full-fat)
16 mint leaves
8 ripe strawberries
3 1/2 tablespoons raw sugar
1/4 cup water
Layer all the ingredients in a blender, then turn it on. Stop to scrape down the yogurt or any other errant ingredients. Once it's smooth, pour into glasses and sip until content.
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