Make Ahead

Saffron Cardamom Lassi

January 30, 2011
4.7 Stars
Test Kitchen Notes

I'm officially in love with cardamom. Who knew that those pretty green pods possessed the ability to transform a humble plain yogurt into a lovely little something that could make me go "Mmmm!" The subtle earthiness of the saffron plays well with the cardamom and adds a beautiful yellow color, while the bits of pistachio add a welcome and complimentary crunch. I made this three times with different types of greek yogurt, using three cardamom pods. Each yogurt varied a bit in density, so I added additional water to get it to a drinkable, yet still thick consistency. The most difficult part of making this was not eating it all before the flavors had a chance to blend. Next time, I'll double it for sure. —SwoonMySpoon

  • Serves 1
  • 200-250 milliliters yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2-3 saffron threads
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 2-3 cardamom pods
  • 1 tablespoon shelled pistachios

  • more pistachios to serve

In This Recipe
  1. In a small bowl, crumble the saffron into 1 tablespoon of the water and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Whisk together the yogurt, powdered sugar, crushed cardamom seeds and crushed pistachios in a large bowl. Stir in the saffron and water mix. Combine well.
  3. Refrigerate, whisking a few times, until cold and brightly colored, about 1 hour. Pour into medium glasses and serve with some crushed pistachios on top.

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  • SwoonMySpoon
  • Table9
  • Sundayinthekitchen
  • TheWimpyVegetarian
  • Sagegreen

9 Reviews

SwoonMySpoon February 16, 2011
Since the Thursday recipe picks, I've made this 3 times. Love it!
Table9 January 30, 2011
This is so beautiful and looks super easy! Cannot wait to try it.
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Egle February 1, 2011
I hope you'll like it ;)
Sundayinthekitchen January 30, 2011
Looks tasty -- does it keep well or should it be served right away?
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Egle February 1, 2011
it keeps well for 1 or 2 days. while storing in the fridge flavors come deeper, drink tastes more complex. I should say that this is a treat that is really very flavorful and satisfying.
TheWimpyVegetarian January 30, 2011
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Egle February 1, 2011
Oh yes... :)
Sagegreen January 30, 2011
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Egle February 1, 2011