Punjabi Kachi Lassi: A Refreshing Summer Beverage
Kachi lassi is a cold, 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—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.
- 2 tablespoons or more rose syrup or rooh afza
- 50 millilitre cool but previously boiled milk
- 250 millilitre chilled water
- 3-4 ice cubes
- Place the ice cubes in a large mug, and pour in the milk.
- Add the chilled water, and 2 tablespoons or more, as per taste, of rooh afza or rose syrup.
- Stir to mix well. Serve immediately.
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