Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Black Grape Lassi (Delights of blogging)

Although England is still in the grips of cold spring weather people back home in India are probably already in the depths of a hot summer. Pune my hometown used to be a city with moderate summers till about 10 to 12 years back but no more. Summers of Pune are something to reckon with these days . The sun starts blazing down on you practically from eight in the morning and relief in the form of a cool breeze can be experienced only late in evening after sunset. So how to do you make your summer tolerable ?

Easy! Concentrate on the delicious produce that summer has to offer.
The item that is and always will be at the top of the list is Haapus Aamba or Alphonso Mango, then comes Neera which is my favourite drink which I used to drink in gallons when I was in Pune. Have you tried it? Do give it a try. It's awesome! Then of course is Usacha Ras or Sugarcane juice . I love it so much that I can never ever walk past a sugarcane juice stall or Gurhaal (as we call it in marathi) without having atleast 1/2 a glass of the delicious stuff. Other delicious thirst quenching options to be enjoyed are watermelons, grapes, pineapples,coconut water. Just writing about all these is making me wish I was in Pune.

Well what I have for all of you today is also a very delicious fruity summery concoction that looks awesome and tastes divine. I read this recipe a very long time back on Vaishali's blog Happyburp and was completely zapped by the colour that the lassi had taken because of the black grapes . Purple is such a rare colour where food is concerned and I just loved it. Secondly it's so quick to make .

So here's what you need for 1 glass of black grape lassi:
10 black grapes,
1/2 cup yoghurt,
1/4 cup water,
1/4 cup milk (or cream if you are in an indulgent mood),
1 tspn sugar (more if you prefer),
a pinch of salt,
couple of ice-cubes.

Blend all the ingredients in a blender until nice and frothy.
Strain the lassi to remove all the grape skin bits .
Serve chilled .

That's it ! Enjoy this cold treat on a hot afternoon and enjoy summer!!

More summer drink recipes coming up on Food-n-More


Nandita said...

You bet, we are already looking for ways and means to keep ourself cool without running up a fortune of an electric bill :) But the kairi, ripe mangoes make the heat worth it...remember the black grape lassi from Vaishali's blog, sadly she has discontinued blogging it looks like!

Uma said...

looks so refreshing.

Vanamala said...

Nice drink...

Divya Vikram said...

Really a refreshing drink..

Rupa said...

The Lassi looks so cool and refreshing in this Phoenix hot weather.Will try this soon..Thanks for sharing

SMN said...

I envy you that u still get to feel that cold wind whereas we are boling oover here nice drink thanks for

Trupti said...

grape lassi looks delicious