August 28, 2013

Fig Lassi - Fresh Fig Yogurt Smoothie / Anjeer Lassi




        "Lassi" is a traditional yogurt based drink made in India. This is a thick, sweet and creamy drink made with churning yogurt, water and sugar. Some Nuts/Spices/Fruits are also added in modern times. We also have a yogurt based drink called Chaas/Mahi that is the lighter version of lassi but salt is added along with some cumin powder. The thicker and more well churned the lassi is - the tastier it becomes. Slightly sour curd adds a great taste to it.




           Today I am adding Fresh Fig to this to make Fig lassi. Figs are basically sweet if perfectly ripe. Sweet fruit makes this lassi creamy and tasty with use of less Sugar/Honey. Any fruit like Mango, Strawberry, Raspberry can also be used for preparing this drink. Some people also add Kesar/Saffron strands to bring a vibrant colour of light yellow to this basic drink.




          Summer is coming to an end but when "Summer Fest" featured Figs for this week, I could not think something better than this to treat me in this weather.

 

Ingredients:
Figs - 6 no's (I use fresh small black figs, peel the skin and chop)
Curd / Yogurt - 2/3 cup (I used low fat yogurt, Chilled)
Milk - 1/4 cup (I used low fat milk, Chilled)
Water - 1/4 cup(Chilled)
Rose syrup - 1 tablespoon(I used my homemade Rose syrup)
Honey / Sugar - 1 tablespoon(I used honey)
(Please check and add Sugar/Honey according to your need, add less if figs are too sweet)





Method:
  • Peel the skin of figs and keep them chopped. Chill Milk, Yogurt, Water.


  • To a Blender add all the ingredients together and blend to fine smoothie consistency. 



  • Serve cold with some drops of Rose syrup on top and Ice cubes.





My Notes:
  • Figs are delicate fruits so pick ones that are lightly soft on top and smells like honey. When figs are ripe, they are really sweet in taste.
  • Lassi is prepared with plain yogurt, water and sugar but fruits can be added to increase the flavor and taste. 
  • I used Homemade Rose Syrup to enhance the taste and flavor but adding this is completely optional. You can click on Rose Syrup in the ingredients list for the recipe.
  • Sugar is actually used but I personally love honey in my drinks and I chose to add honey.
  • The drink is light pink when made but might change its colour to light brown after sometime because of oxidation similar to what happens to apple juice.


KALLAS!



 This week Summer Fest is featuring Figs, so do checkout for some Great Fig Recipes from other "Summer Fest" Friends below:

Feed Me Phoebe: Gluten-Free Cheesecake with Fresh Figs and Honey
Jeanette's Healthy Living: Roasted Fig Greek Yogurt Chai Spiced Sorghum Parfait
Devour: A Perfect Pairing of Figs and Pizza Dough
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Fig and Grand Marnier Jam
Red or Green: Roasted Fig, Beet and Orange Salad with Maple Syrup and Jalapeno Vinaigrette
Weelicious: Homemade Fig Bars
Virtually Homemade: Fig and Plum Crostata
The Sensitive Epicure: Figs with Goat Cheese, Honey, and Thyme
Domesticate Me: Flatbread with Fresh Figs, Prosciutto and Goat Cheese
Taste With The Eyes: Frozen Fig with Rose, Almond and Rosemary
Daily*Dishin: Fresh Figs with Lemon Cream
FN Dish: Go Big with Fleeting Figs