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Cardamom Smoothie/Lassi

Lassi is a traditional Pakistani drink made of yogurt, which translates into the English version Smoothie. It’s made in both sweet and salty versions. I prefer sweet lassi and I had often heard/read about adding cardamom to it. And honestly, I always thought the combination of cardamom with yogurt in lassi was strange. Today I just felt experimental and decided to try it. It was SO extremely refreshing! The burst of fresh flavor with sweet, smooth and silky blended yogurt! I am thinking here why didn’t I ever try it before! It seems that I’ve been missing on such a great treat in my entire life till now. It was just SO good that I couldn’t stop drinking it. You can’t get to the bottom of this flavor without trying it. I mean don’t repeat my mistake, you just have to try it. It’s like the best summer drink ever!

Ingredients:

yogurt one cup
milk one cup (the milk-yogurt ratio depends on how thick you want the lassi to be and how thick your yogurt is)
sugar 4 tbsp (or to taste)
cardamom 1 pod
salt 1/4 tsp
ice as required (I used about 1/2 cup)

Method:

The easiest method ever. Remove cardamom seeds from the pod and with everything else throw into a blender and blend till smooth and creamy. It makes one whole tumbler serving of 2 cups, but you can cut all the ingredients in half easily and make a smaller serving. You may use cardamom powder if you have on hand however, the powder won’t give the same flavor as fresh pods. If you may want to take the extra step and grind fresh powder then by all means go ahead. If you have a powerful blender it will crush the seeds altogether anyway, even if it doesn’t, they didn’t really bother me as they settled down at the bottom. Once again I would say, you must try this cool drink and it will addict you to itself-just like it did me!

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Scrumptious Suhoor: Mango Yogurt

Despite my resolution to write a blog-post for each day of Ramadan, I’m not able to follow it. Next week my laptop will be going for repairs so its going to be even harder to make time for blogging. My mind is crammed with posts waiting to be out on the blog!
Fasting in this heat is not easy, but eating healthy can make the task easier. Take a look at Hydrating Fruits for the Ramadan Heat and try to incorporate them in your suhoor meals. With so limited time for suhoor , it will be hard to put up pictures for the Scrumptious Suhoor posts, however I do have pictures for today’s post: Mango Yogurt!

Mango Yogurt
Even though the pictures don’t look so appetizing, it is really scrumptious! This is not flavored mango yogurt, it’s just chopped mangoes stirred into a bowl of yogurt, sprinkled with flax-seed powder and topped with black raisins. This is a good suhoor meal because mangoes and yogurt keep you hydrated and prevent from getting too much thirsty in this heat. Black raisins are a great source of Vitamin C. There’s no hard and fast recipe for this, but I’ll share what I used.

Ingredients:
Mangoes – 2 medium (chopped in cubes)
mango pulp/puree – 3 tbsp
Yogurt – 1/2 cup
Flax-seeds (ground) – 1 tbsp.
Black raisins (finely chopped) – 1 tsp

Lightly whip yogurt in a bowl and stir in mangoes and mango pulp with a spoon. Refrigerate until chilled. Sprinkle ground flax-seeds and raisins on top before serving. If the yogurt and mangoes are already chilled then you can mix everything and eat right away!