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Author Notes: 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
cups Greek yogurt, fage
cup buttermilk (for a thicker lassi, cut this amount in half)
tablespoons lingonberry preserves
tablespoons honey, sunflower preferred, to taste
tablespoon premium cocoa powder, for a variation
tablespoon Meyer's lemon zest
crushed ice cubes, optional
dusting of cocoa powder for optional garnish
- 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.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Cardamom