There are many joys to summertime, including of course the rich bounty of fruit, especially stone fruit – there are cherries, peaches, plums and a whole bunch of others that would fill up the page. This summertime for various reasons, I am back to Indian drinks. Actually, we have a local lassi bar, I shall tell you about our visit there one of these days. The are a sister enterprise run by the folks at Little Kabab Station. The drinks I have been enjoying are non-alcoholic and I shall not insult them by calling them mocktails, since somehow the word seems a little fake, almost suggestive of an imposter.
A lassi folks, is a quitessential Indian drink and contrary to popular believe is not always made with mango, in fact, the best lassis are light and made with a mixture of whipped yogurt and sweetened as an optional choice. In fact, most restaurants in India offer a choice of sweet or namkeen (savory) lassi.
Well, we all know what a local freak I am, so I usually tend to substitute ripe, soft and sweet peaches for a lot of the mango recipes and yes, I make a lot of fruit lassis. My favorite one being the strawberry one here.
Now, it just so happened, I had some ripe papaya left over, so this added a touch of color and the flecks in the drink are from the peach skin.
So, here we go,