You must drink lassi to cool you down in India

If you are travelling in India at this time of the year then one of the many things that I recommend doing in India is drinking the popular Indian drink the “Lassi”. The lassi is something like a milk shake or a smoothie with yogurt, milk, water and exotic spices. Sometimes fruit is also added to it. The typical lassi is very popular in the summer months and often served in clay pots called “Kullhad” or steel glasses. Lassi is made by mixing yogurt, milk, water and the other ingredients and giving it a good churn. Watch the video below to see how lassi is made!

A typical shop for a lassi
A typical shop for a lassi. Photo by Kishore Bharbava

There are several types of lassi including sweet or salty lassi, mango lassi and the bhang lassi. The bhang lassi contains bhang which is a form of marijuana and popular during the festivals of Holi and Shivratri. The best place to try Bhang lassi is in the holy city of Varanasi where you will find street vendors selling them. The normal lassi is available everywhere in India particularly at this time of the year. You will also find street vendors selling lassi in many places. Most restaurants would also have listed in their menu.

So if you are up for the challenge, the lassi is something to look out for. There is a list of other things (in this book) you can do in India to get the complete Indian experience.

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