Vanilla (sweetened with condensed milk), Strawberry, Mango, Apple, Peach – these glasses of flavoured yogurt drink is a simple and fabulous way to use up yogurt. Sweet and icy cold, it will quench any thirst. When I know I am going to have a particularly spicy meal at an Indian restaurant, I always order their sugar flavoured yogurt drink called Sweet Lassi.

I am a chilli wimp. As much as I like my food spicy, compared to most of my family and friends, the heat level I can ingest is embarrassingly low. When dining in an Indian recipe and expecting to eat something spicy, the Sweet Lassi must be brought out to me before I will start on my meal. Nothing is more soothing than icy yogurt to scale down the heat of chilies in my mouth.

If you have dulce de leche (caramelised condensed milk), use that as a sweetener and you will have one very tasty drink that taste like dessert! No strict recipe here. Just a ratio of ingredients. For dulce de leche recipe, click here, Dulce De Leche And 9 Ways To Use It.

Icy Cold Yogurt Drink

Prep: ~5 minutes 
Cook:
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Level: Easy
Serves: 1
Oven Temperature:
Can recipe be doubled? Yes
Make ahead? If you do not add fruits, it keeps well refrigerated up to 2 days. If you add fruits, drink up straight away.

Ingredients

1 cup = 250m l= 8.45 Us fl oz

Basic yogurt drink: (Ratio: ~2:1  Yogurt: Ice water)
2/3 cup yogurt
1/3 cup iced water
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup ice cubes
Flavours
Homemade Vanilla Sugar
vanilla extract
condensed milk
dulce de leche
peaches
pears
apples (poached or canned ones actually work well here)
mangos
strawberries
raspberries
stay away from acidic fruits.

Method

To prepare the basic yogurt drink
1. Combine all the ingredients (except the ice cubes) in a tall vessel for easy mixing.
2. A hand held emersion blender works great here, if not, stir/whisk until sugar dissolves.
3. Decant into tall glass top up with ice cubes, plonk in a straw and sip away.

If adding fruits
1. Add fruits with all the other ingredients (except the ice cubes). You need a hand held emersion blender or a blender to whizz the fruits up. Alternatively purchase bottled fruit purees from the baby section of supermarkets. Top with ice cubes.

Tips

1. Hard fruits like pears and apples need to be poached/cooked through to soften first before using.
2. Bottled pureed fruits (the baby aisle in supermarkets carry interesting pureed fruits) are a convenient way to add fruits to yogurt drink. They will not taste as good as fresh fruits but are a good alternative. You do need to drink up the yogurt straight away though as it tends to thicken with sitting.

WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT?

Radish sprouts have a peppery bite to it. When you whizz it up with light sour cream, you get an instant sauce with pungent and sourish kick. Tossed in some pasta and topped with salty smoked salmon and sweetish soy sauce flavoured Japanese salmon caviar, it is very good.

This recipe was featured as a secondary recipe in an earlier post, Egg And Cress Tea Sandwiches. It was part of a series of recipes that I had posted on an English Afternoon Tea Spread. I had quite a bit of radish sprouts left after the sandwiches and the sauce was a result of that excess. Thanks to your feedback, for your easy reference, the recipe will now be posted separately.

English Afternoon Tea

Top plateClassic Victoria Sponge CakeCheckerboard Cookies,Sweet Milk Scones.
Bottom plate first layerEgg and CressRoast Beef with BeetrootCrisp Cucumbers.
Bottom plate second layerRoast Beef with BeetrootSalmon With Dill ButterHam with Honey Butter.

 

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