Punjabi Kachi Lassi: A Refreshing Summer Beverage

Updated on October 17, 2018
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Kachi Lassi

A traditional Punjabi summer beverage
A traditional Punjabi summer beverage

Kachi lassi is a cooling and refreshing non-alcoholic summer beverage from the North Indian state of Punjab.

Kachi literally means uncooked. Lassi is a beverage or drink that is always prepared with fresh yogurt. Kachi lassi, however, is an exception—as instead of yogurt, milk is used. The milk imparts a delicious flavor and taste when combined with the rose syrup, or rooh afza.

Rooh afza is a blend of rose syrup with extracts of cooling herbal ingredients, citrus flowers, and vegetables. If rooh afza is unavailable, you can buy rose syrup from a store. If you wish, you may prepare natural rose syrup at home with rose petals, or you can make a rose syrup with food grade color and flavor.

Simple and quick to prepare, this traditional drink has been handed down from generation to generation. Nuts or additional flavorings, like saffron, are not used in this traditional drink.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp or more rose syrup or rooh afza
  • 50 ml cool but previously boiled milk
  • 250 ml chilled water
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place the ice cubes in a large mug, and pour in the milk.
  2. Add the chilled water, and 2 tbsp or more, as per taste, of rooh afza or rose syrup.
  3. Stir to mix well. Serve immediately.

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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 days ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thank you manatita. Glad you liked it.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 days ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      In Punjab, the combination of a little milk with lots of water is called kachi lassi. This, of course, is very different from the classic lassi we all know. Come summer and you can try it. Thank you Rinita.

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      Rinita Sen 

      8 days ago

      Had no idea lassi could be made without yoghurt! This was enlightening. Well, it is almost winter, so I guess will save this for next summer. Wonderful introduction as always.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 days ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      You're welcome, Peggy. Thank you for going through the recipe/

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 days ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I am certain you will like it, Bill. Thank you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 days ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thank you, Louise.

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      manatita44 

      8 days ago from london

      This summer beverage was easy to make. It has a very pleasant refreshing taste. Sukriya.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 days ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thank you, Devika.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 days ago from Houston, Texas

      I can imagine that this summer beverage is very refreshing. Thanks for your recipe.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 days ago from Olympia, WA

      This I would try. Thank you my friend. When next summer rolls around I will be ready for a taste treat.

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      Louise Powles 

      9 days ago from Norfolk, England

      I like the sound of this. It sounds very refreshing.

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      Devika Primić 

      9 days ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Unique and I like it!

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