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Author Notes: Sometimes things that you hate have a funny way of growing on you in an addictive manner. Once I got over my unfortunate introduction to Hachiya persimmons (The first time I tasted it, bit into a bright colored but inedibly tannic fruit that put me off it for a long time), My first instinct was to incorporate it into a lassi since to me the flavor & texture was reminiscent of the ugly brown Sapota fruit (that we called 'Chikoo' in hindi) My mother would blend the odd overripe chickoo with fresh yogurt & lots of ice and serve it up as the perfect drink for a hot Mumbai Summer afternoon. I like to blend the pulp with yogurt and a touch of chai spice. —Panfusine
- 2 large really ripe Hachiya Persimmons
- 1 cup plain fat free yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon Chai spice blend (any blend of your choice)
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups crushed ice
- sugar as per taste
- I use this chai spice blend that I make at home, but feel free to use your personal pick. http://food52.com/recipes/15175_chai_spice_blend
- pop off the green leafy 'cap' of the persimmon and gently 'squeeze out the pulp into a blender jar. Combine the pulp with the yogurt, sugar, chai spice & crushed ice and blend until smooth.Pour out into glasses, add a mint leaf for garnish and serve.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Persimmons