I have several Scandinavian-inspired lassi drinks from the summer. This version is really further simplified to showcase the partnership of green cardamom and lingonberry. You can also add unsweetened premium cocoa to the mix for interest. An ice cream version with the same combination of ingredients is in the works. —Sagegreen
green cardamom pods, divided
Greek yogurt, fage
buttermilk (for a thicker lassi, cut this amount in half)
honey, sunflower preferred, to taste
premium cocoa powder, for a variation
Remove the cardamom seeds from the pods. Bruise and crush using a mortar and pestle, or grind with a spice mill. Pan fry for a few quick minutes. Remove from heat.
In a blender pour in the yogurt, buttermilk, lingonberries, 1 tbl. honey to start, half the cardamom, lemon zest, and optional ice cubes. Taste for sweetness and adjust accordingly by adding more honey. For a variation add cocoa. Process.
Pour into glasses and serve right away. Garnish with a sprinkle of remaining cardamom seeds on top, if you like. Or consider a dusting of cocoa powder for garnish as well.