Pineapple Mint Lassi Recipe | Cooling and filling Pineapple and Mint Smoothie with Indian Chaat Masala flavour
- Benefits of having Yogurt/Dahi
- What is Lassi
- About Pineapple Lassi
- How to make Pineapple and Mint Lassi
- Why Pineapple Lassi curdles or tastes bitter if I keep it for long
- How long can we keep Pineapple Lassi
- Can we use Canned Pineapple to make Lassi
- Some more pointers to get perfect tasting Lassi
- Recipe Card for Pineapple Mint Lassi
- Pineapple and Mint Lassi
Indian summers especially in Northern parts ,as everyone knows are dry, with soaring only high temperatures and sun shining at its peak. Ever since we have known people have been using summer coolers like Nimbu Pani(Indian Lemonade), Sherbets and homemade kulfis(Indian ice creams) and yogurt based preparations to keep the body, cool, hydrated. These summer coolers also help the digestive system in order.
Benefits of having Yogurt/Dahi
Homemade yogurt based preparations like Chass, Lassi, Raita are very common in India and are the part of everyday meal. Yogurt also known as Dahi/Curd in India is a probiotic, keep the digestion , rich source of calcium and is good for skin, hair. It is a wonder dairy product is used for making smoothies, dips and in many other food preparations.
Here is one of the simplest and most popular variation of yogurt, Indian Lassi and it's variation Pineapple Mint Lassi..
What is Lassi
Lassi is a blend of yogurt with water, sugar/salt with or without fruits. It is very popular in Northern parts of India. During summers you can see so many lassi counters/vendors in commercial areas. For many people it is one of the best summer cooler which is also filling and refreshing while out in sun for work. And it is also budget friendly.
Making Lassi is very easy. Add water with yogurt, some salt or sugar for salty or sweeter version.
Traditionally people used Mathni or Churner to mix yogurt and water with sugar to make basic Lassi. But nowadays we make it in blender.
Basic or plain lassi is one of the most popular lassi variation. It can be sweet or salty.
The other popular version of lassi is Mango Lassi where we add fresh/canned Mango purée . Nowadays lot fruity variations of Lassi are there. People are experimenting with all kind or fruits to make this delicious drink.
Another lassi recipe from the blog Kiwi Masala Lassi
When adding fruit purees you can adjust the quantity of sugar as per the sugar content of fruit. You can also add any other natural sweetener(honey maple syrup, jaggery powder) if you do not want to sugar.
About Pineapple Lassi
Plain Lassi and Mango Lassi are our favorite, but we also love other fruity flavours. Pineapple with Mint leaves is absolutely refreshing and filling and perfect for hot summer days.It has a Khatta Meetha taste( a little sweet and a little tangy taste).
Pineapple Lassi is just like Pineapple Smoothie with yogurt, the only difference is in consistency. Smoothies can be little thick, whereas addition of water makes Lassi is it's thinner version.
I don't add sugar in fruit based lassi as fruits already have sugar in it. But if the pineapple or the other fruit is not sweet enough or taste a bit sour add sugar/honey or maple syrup as per taste.
How to make Pineapple and Mint Lassi
Choose fresh sweet pineapple pieces. Avoid adding sour fruit.
Take Roughly chop the pineapple pieces, fresh mint leaves and sweetener(sugar/honey/maple syrup) if required.
Add water. For 1 cup yogurt/dahi add 1/2 cup or asper the consistency required.
Take a high speed blender and then blend to smooth mix.
Stepwise pics to make Pineapple Mint Lassi
Why Pineapple Lassi curdles or tastes bitter if I keep it for long
If you are planning to keep the lassi for a couple of hrs then, cook the pineapple pieces in half cup water and 1 tsp sugar. Cool it completely and make lassi/smoothie.
Fresh pineapple when added to milk or curd/yogurt may turn bitter or curdles the dairy product. It is due to the bromelain enzyme present in the fruit. The enzyme acts on the milk protein and breaks it down which may result in bitter taste or curdle the dairy product(milk/yogurt).
So, add fresh pineapple pieces when having the lassi immediately after making it. Else, cook it before adding.
Also, while adding mint leaves see that you add only bright leaves with no black marks.
How long can we keep Pineapple Lassi
You can refrigerate pineapple lassi for couple of hrs. but consume it the same day when you make.
Can we use Canned Pineapple to make Lassi
Yes you can use canned pineapple pieces to make Lassi. Take out the pieces from the syrup, chop in small pieces(if using rings). Rinse in water and drain out excess water and add to make lassi. No need to cook pineapple if making few hours ahead of consuming it.
Some more pointers to get perfect tasting Lassi
- Use fresh and chilled curd/yogurt.
- Add chilled water.
- Do not use sour pineapple for the recipe.
- Do not add too much mint leaves, add only 6-7 leaves. Too much leaves make it bitter.
- Do not over blend.
- Add water carefully else it will be of too thin consistency. For 1 cup yogurt add 1/2 cup water.
- Refrigerate Lassi if not immediately consuming it.
Recipe Card for Pineapple Mint Lassi
Pineapple and Mint Lassi
- 2 Cups Yogurt/Curd/Dahi
- 1 Cup Pineapple Pieces
- Handful of Fresh Mint leaves(10-12)
- 1/4 tsp Chaat Masala
- Sugar/Sweetener as required
- Chilled Water as per required consistency of Lassi
- In a blender, add yogurt, pineapple pieces, mint leaves. Add sugar if using.
- Add water as per required consistency.
- Blend till smooth consistency.
Do try this variation of Lassi and you will absolutely love it. Make it apart of your summer brunch / barbeque parties.
Checkout this Pineapple Raita and Grilled Pineapple recipe if love pineapple and want to try more recipes with it.
Related summer coolers from the blog..
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