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This traditional Indian Lassi recipe is an easy-to-make, healthy fat, antioxidant-rich, and vibrant dairy-free drink.
Indian Lassi Recipe
Indian Lassi recipes are often made of yogurt, dairy, cardamom, and sometimes fruit depending on location. Lassi is used in Ayurvedic healing mythologies to this day and is thought to have medicinal benefits. Beneficial ingredients include fiber-rich fruits with an array of phytonutrients, antioxidants, healthy fats, probiotics and prebiotics along with many other nutritional perks. With dairy allergies and sensitivities being incredibly common nowadays, it is only ideal to create an Indian lassi recipe that’s adaptable for all eating habits.
Where Did Indian Lassi Originate From?
It seems silly to phrase it that way as most will know it originated from India if they’ve heard of Lassi. Classical Indian Lassi recipes vary across India. It is said to have originated from Punjab, India along with Multan. Many areas of India have created numerous flavor and ingredient renditions.
How To Adapt This Lassi Recipe For Mast Cell Activation Syndrome
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome recipes are hard to come by when you’re a food lover (that maybe doesnt cook.) You may feel stuck knowing how to enjoy your favorite foods with recipes the perk your interest but don’t perk your disorders downfalls. As a chef and patient suffering from mast cell, I feel it is important to provide dietary recommendations for frequent allergies.
Bananas: Use half of a banana with 2 dates. Bananas are histamine-liberators. This means that the more histamine that is within your system, a histamine-liberator may empower a histamine flare. It may be beneficial to eat a lower histamine diet for the day. If removing some of the banana make sure to add ice to help create this thicker and colder Indian Lassi.
Yogurt: Yogurt is a trigger food for some mast cell patients. This may not be the case for all mast cell patients however adapt the recipe to your specific needs. Use a less fermented yogurt to provide a similar taste. You should choose a plain or lower sugar yogurt along with one that has a tart/cultured taste to it.
Cardamom: This ingredient provides anti-histamine properties that may lower your histamine intake!
Canned Coconut Milk: This is an important ingredient as you need a healthy fat added for all Lassi recipes. I recommend using a thicker nut milk or dairy milk if coconut is an allergy or sensitivity.
Salt: If you are a mast cell patient that also has orthostatic issues such as dysautonomia or vasovagal syncope salt may be a beneficial add-in. For patients that have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and it’s comorbidities such as mast cell this is a great addition to this recipe. Salt is a helpful regulator for neurological functions, muscles, and mineral and water balance of which is very important with EDS.
Goji Berries: This is a completely optional ingredient used for color & decoration. These may be questionable for mast cell recipes as it may contain sulfites or sulfur dioxide. Use in moderation or remove.
The remaining ingredients are completely safe for mast cell patients from my understanding.
Indian Pink Rose Lassi Recipe (Vegan)
- 1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp Rose Water
- ½ container culina vanilla bourbon yogurt or plain tart one
- 1 tbsp frozen pitaya (dragonfruit)
- ⅛-1/4 tsp cardamom powder
- 1 cup canned coconut milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or ½ vanilla bean
- 1-1.5 very ripe frozen bananas the amount needed to fill a small magic bullet glass
- Rose petals or edible flower mixture topping – optional – linked above
- 5 goji berries topping – optional
- If you havent frozen your bananas already, allow them to ripen (with brown spots) and remove the peel to freeze them on a flat try.
- Next, cut off a small piece of your frozen pitaya (dragonfruit) and add it in for your "rose" color.
- Next, combine all of your ingredients into a blender. I like to use a small magic bullet for portioning control! This blender makes the perfect amount for smoothies. I've linked above.
- Blend the ingredients until fully combined. Open the lid and add ice if necessary.
- Pour into a glass and top with edible rose petals, goji berries, or mixed edible flowers. Enjoy!
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