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Besides Indian tea, Lassi is perhaps the most popular drink in India. and one of the easiest drinks to make. Lassi originated in punjab and is still very popular in north india. But it has offlate become very popular in south india too, particularly salted lassi. Sweet lassi is more popular in the northern states of the country.

There are many ways of making it, but the basic ingredient buttermilk that is yogurt whisked with water. It can be made of almost any consistency , from the thin south indian version to the thick punjabi version.

Though there are various versions of lassi, it can be categorised into two basic types. Sweet and salt. To make sweet lassi, you need a cup of fresh yogurt, half a cup of water, ice cubes, 5 teaspoons of sugar or according to individual taste and a pinch of salt. Churn all the ingredients with a blender till it becomes frothy. Top it of with a a dollop of whipped cream or fresh yogurt.. Serve chilled. Sweet lassi is quite heavy and is like a mini meal in itself

.The lighter salted lassi is spiced with cumin and is alsoa great refreshing drink in the summer. To make salted lassi you will need 1 tsp of roasted and grounded cumin seeds, 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of plain yogurt, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice,
salt and ice cubes. Blend all the ingredients and serve chilled.

Apart from these basic varieties, there are many more. Mango lassi, saffron lassi, pineapple lassi to name a few. Lassi can also be laced with bhang, a derivative of cannabis plant, to make an intoxicating form of lassi called bhang lassi which is very popular in India during the festivals of Holi and Shivaratri.

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Dal moth is a spicy and crispy snack made from gram flour, asafoetida, turmeric powder, chili powder, moong, sugar, amchur, oil and salt. Its delicious and is popular as an anytime snack or serves as a very good tea snack. [See Recipe]

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