Have Two Lassis and I'll See You in the Morning

I did have to go and tempt fate with my “see, I’m not sick yet” post, didn’t I? I really didn’t mean to sound flip or all tough-girl on you. But, you know what happens when we tempt fate. Bad Things. Very Bad Things. So, as you can imagine at this point, I spent the weekend curled up in a ball shivering under our two warmest blankets, coughing up a lung or two.


The only thing that sounded good to me was the cardamom lassi recipe in February’s Saveur. It’s also just about the only thing I had the energy to prepare. So, after sending the rest of the family, now relatively healthy, out to find food for themselves, I hacked my way into the kitchen and managed to operate my immersion blender without incident, resulting in a cooling, spiced yogurt smoothie sort of a thing. My first attempt, using Fage Total whole fat yogurt was so thick a spoon was definitely called for. A little splash of milk while blending will give you more sip-able results if your yogurt is too thick.

I’m slowly getting back on my feet, enough to attempt adding some mango to the mix and even snap a few photos.

Yep, that’s about it for today. It’s time to head back to the couch again.


Cardamom Lassi

If you can find it, or have the patience to make your own, use coarsely ground cardamom rather than the fine ground stuff. To make your own, buy the cardamom pods, empty the seeds into a mortar and pound them a bit.

Makes 2

2 cups plain yogurt
3 T sugar (or even better, honey or agave syrup)
1 t coarsely ground cardamom
some diced mango (optional)

Blend. Chill for 30 minutes. Drink!










  • hope you get better soon
    chicken soup perhaps? 🙂

  • Sounds very good to me… I have never heard name lassis before… I usually call them shakes or smoothies 🙂 Very simple and interesting combination. I will defenetely give it a try some time soon.


  • I pretty much survived on lassis in India. The best ones were always at the trainstations, oddly. Thanks for bringing back the memories of the backpacking days! Lassies are great with goat’s milk yogurt too.
    Feel better.

  • tis the season…:( i also had a tough time even posting this week. let’s forgive each other, yea? 🙂

  • I’ve not heard of a lassi before, but this sounds really different and refreshing. I rather like to have something hot and comforting when I’m sick though than something so cold. Get some rest & feel better 🙂

  • Beautiful photos once again. You make me want to move into that space, so bright and crisp. Hope you feel better soon!

  • I love your photos…you can even make something in a plastic cup look delicious. Can’t wait to try this!

  • Mmm. Cardamom is my favorite spice. Can’t wait to try this. Also, I found a blog event you should enter: http://www.ismyblogburning.com/events/dmblgit-march-2008/
    It’s a monthly photography competition among food bloggers. You have the best photos I’ve seen on a food blog yet, so you should enter if you haven’t already! Good luck 🙂

  • MPG

    They look absolutely beautiful in the little wooden box tray…not my first choice in this weather though 😉 I hope you feel better soon 🙁 I can’t even believe you are blogging…get some rest!

  • I just discovered Cook & Eat. Knowing you were so sick when you wrote this post makes me feel quasi-guilty for enjoying it.

    While every inhabitant of my household has taken a turn at having the flu or pneumonia during the past 6 weeks (can you believe that? it’s got to be some sort of record,) I firmly believe someone should have been pampering you by at least making these smoothies (lassis, whatever.) If it makes you feel better (and since misery loves company,) no one cooked (or blended) for me when I was sick either.

    Take care, and feel better soon!

  • EB

    I’m only reading this now because I’ve just finally crawled off my own couch. I read about those lassi’s too and thought they sounded fabu! Now if I could only get someone to go buy me yogurt… hmm….

  • I’ve written about lassi’s before (and I make them periodically as the only surefire way I know to get my husband to intake of yogurt!), but I love this variation. And, even better, I have some cardamom in the house just waiting to be used.


  • I made this for dessert today – and it was lovely, Lara! (I used agave syrup)

  • Hope you are on your feet by now! Love that you combined honey with cardamom, their flavours complement each other so well!

  • L

    Thanks everyone! I am feeling much better now! My voice is even slowly coming back. Yay! Off to jury duty tomorrow though, so see everyone next week.

  • well yogurt is gr8 to boost your immune system , so i’m sure you’ll feel better soon.

  • A cardamom lassi DOES sound good! I’m sorry to hear about you being sick, feel better!

  • Your photographes looks more and more stylish. Love the low tech anti design designer look of the cups.

  • OK, I just a “plain” one, with agave. It is tasty, but I think it certainly would be better with the fruit. Shame that I am mangoless. Perhaps I shall try a banana.

    Good stuff Lara.