Vegan Lassi with Saffron & Mango

Indian: Vegan Lassi with Saffron and Mango - The Lotus and the Artichoke - World Travel Vegan Recipes

Many years ago, on my first India trip, I stayed for several days in the city of Jaipur – The Pink City of Rajasthan. I recall walking for hours, mesmerized by the people and the loud colors and fantastic, flowing saris and shirts. I was constantly taking photographs. I remember riding with insane auto-rickshaw drivers along the crowded, dusty streets, weaving around pedestrians, bicycles, beggars, and cows. Just like in all the books and movies.

I’d only been in India for a few weeks at that point, and I was still very much in New Arrival Mode: The first two to four weeks of being in India – everything is an overwhelming assault on the senses. You’re in near-constant amazement at how wild and vivid life can be. The circus and overloaded charm fade (somewhat) after a few weeks, but usually one or more things happen every day that remind you: you’re in a very different world.

Next to only perhaps seeing the Hawa Mahal, and trekking around some of the old forts, my favorite experience in Jaipur was at a small café that was famous for their saffron lassi. I remember retreating from the hot sun into the shade with my journal and heavily marked-up guidebook, sliding my tired self into a plastic chair, and sipping this amazing, glowing, pink-orange chilled treat. The flavor was intense, exotic, new to me. That fresh saffron lassi straight from the fridge was the best thing in that moment. I contemplated how many I would need to order and drink before it would be too much. I stayed long enough to need a second one, and then got on my way of exploring the streets further.

For something so simple, it’s hard to believe it took me so many years to figure out how to make a good lassi. The secret is the right combination of soy yogurt, water, and ice cubes. I think I’ve got it down good now, so I’m ready to pass on the recipe for my all-vegan rendition of the Indian classic yogurt shake.

Indian: Vegan Lassi with Saffron and Mango - The Lotus and the Artichoke - World Travel Vegan Recipes

Safran-Mango-Lassi – Indischer Joghurtdrink

2 Portionen / Dauer 15 Min.+

  • 1 Tasse / 235 g Sojajoghurt (Vanillegeschmack oder natur)
  • 1/2 Tasse / 110 g frische Mango gehackt
    oder Mangofruchtmark
  • 4 Eiswürfel
  • 1–2 EL Zucker oder Agavensirup (je nach Joghurtsüße anpassen)
  • 1/4 TL Rosenwasser wenn gewünscht
  • 1 Prise Kardamom gemahlen wenn gewünscht
  • 6 Safranfäden
  • 1/4 Tasse / 60 ml Wasser
  • Minzblätter zum Garnieren
  1. 1/4 Tasse (60 ml) Wasser kochen und in eine kleine Schüssel gießen. Safranfäden ins heiße Wasser geben und 30 Min. einweichen.
  2. In einer kleinen Küchenmaschine oder mit einem Stabmixer Sojajoghurt, Mango, Eiswürfel, Zucker, Rosenwasser und Kardamom fein pürieren.
  3. Safran und Wasser (oder nur das Wasser) hinzufügen und nochmals glatt pürieren. Je nach Konsistenz ggf. etwas mehr Wasser hinzufügen.
  4. Eine Stunde kalt stellen.
  5. In gekühlten Gläsern mit frischen Minzblättchen garniert servieren.

Variationen:
Ohne Safran: Schritt 1 weglassen, kaltes Wasser bei Schritt 3 verwenden. Ohne Rosenwasser oder Kardamom: Zugegebenermaßen nicht jedermanns Sache, also einfach weglassen. Salzig statt süß: Schritt 1 weglassen und auf Mango, Zucker und Rosenwasser verzichten. Kaltes Wasser und puren Joghurt verwenden, eine Prise Salz und gemahlenen Kreuzkümmel hinzufügen. Mit einem Klecks aus einem Mix aus Tamarindenpaste und Agaven- oder Ahornsirup krönen. Continue reading

Halva

Indian Sweets: Vegan Halava - The Lotus and the Artichoke

Anyone who has been to a Hare Krishna temple for the Sunday Feast is certainly familiar with this tasty, fragrant Indian sweet. Let’s not confuse it with Middle Eastern halvah, which is also super tasty, but is rather different taste and texture. Indian halva is traditionally made with ghee or butter — however we can make a delicious vegan halva with good margarine. Oil works too, but it lacks the richer flavor. I love to round out a nice Indian thali with this treat served in a little metal bowl, like in the photo above.

Indian Sweets: Vegan Halava - The Lotus and the Artichoke

Vegan Halva – Indischer Nachtisch

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