Lassi is most popular and traditional drink of Pakistan. It is commonly drink during summer days. It is a perfect drink for breakfast to give a boost of energy in the morning but mostly taken with lunch as hot-weather refreshment. It is every day drink.It is served chilled. Its preparation is very simple and easy.
Lassi is a natural yogurt, rich probiotic drink. It is one of the most basic drinks used energizing and vitalizing since 1,000 B.C. Ancients called it the “Food of the Gods”. It has a great taste and wonderful health benefits. It Contains immense nutritional value and is also of great importance in diet.Lassi is nutritionally rich in protein, fat, calcium lactose, phosphorus, folic acid, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. It also contains naturally occurring five unique probiotic cultures which are L. Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium, Propionibacterium Freudenreichii, and L.Casei It has nutritional advantages beyond those of milk which are essential to human body. It is used aid to re-balance, re-store and re-juveniles.
Key ingredient of Lassi is yogurt. It is made by blending yogurt with water or milk. Yogurt is a dairy product produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. The bacteria used to make yogurt are known as "yogurt cultures". Fermentation of lactose by these bacteria produces lactic acid, which acts on milk protein to give yogurt its texture and its characteristic tang. Freshly made yogurt is filled with countless numbers of beneficial bacteria that help digestion and kill harmful viruses. Yogurt is digested in about one hour as compared to the three hours it can take to digest milk.This makes the yogurt even more light and digestible and helps in intestinal comfort after eating a meal
Lassi is a versatile drink which allows you to experiment with different flavors. Only the yogurt, sugar, water and ice are the basic ingredients that remain the same.Chaach is a salted drink like lassi; but contains more water in yogurt than lassi and has the butterfat removed, so its consistency is not as thick as lassi. Salt and cumin seeds are normally added for taste and sometimes even fresh coriander. Fresh ground ginger & green chilies may also be added as seasoning. Chaach is popular in the Punjab regions of Pakistan where it is drink with the main meal. It is known to aid digestion and is an excellent coolant in the Pakistani summers.