Sweet yogurt drink


Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Serves


Appears in

The Complete Indian Regional Cookbook: 300 Classic Recipes from the Great Regions of India

The Complete Indian Regional Cookbook

By Mridula Baljekar

Published 2017

  • About

Lassi originated in the northern state of Punjab and became a favourite drink of the nation. The people of northern India favour savoury lassi, but those in central India are partial to all things sweet, and prefer this recipe, Meethi Lassi. Teetotallers enjoy it, others use it as a cure for hangovers, and vegetarians thrive on it!


  • 450 g/1lb/2 cups full-fat (whole) natural (plain) yogurt
  • 75 g/3 oz/ cup caster (superfine) sugar
  • 30 ml/2 tbsp rose water
  • fresh rose petals, to garnish (optional)


  1. Put the yogurt and sugar into a blender and add 600ml/1 pint/2 ½ cups water. Blend until smooth.

  2. Taste and add more sugar if necessary. Pour the lassi into a jug (pitcher) and chill in the refrigerator for several hours.

  3. Shortly before you are ready to serve the drink, place some ice cubes in a clean dish towel and crush them by hitting them with a rolling pin.

  4. Stir the rose water into the lassi, and serve immediately in tall glasses lined with the crushed ice. Garnish with fresh rose petals, if you like.


You can vary this sweet lassi by using other flavourings, such as vanilla extract, orange blossom water or 15ml/1 tbsp mango purée, instead of rose water.

Per portion Energy 137kcal/581 kJ; Protein 5.8(3; Carbohydrate 283, of which sugars 28g; Fat 1.13, of which saturates o.6g; Cholesterol 1 mg; Calcium 224mg; Fibre Og; Sodium 95mg.