Coriander Yogurt Lassi

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Talk about yogurt and I do have to mention a funny incident that happened yesterday. I am a big fan of yogurt, the plain old one and love it in combination with rice at the end of lunch/dinner. It works wonders for me; it not only cools me but also manages to calm my nerves.

When I had been to the grocery yesterday I could not find my regular favorite Plain Danon Non-fat yogurt. I was miffed by that and even mentally swore at the store, I mean how could such a big super store not carry a regular brand, and even if they were out of stock, could they have not replaced it? Anyway, I cooled and then got around and picked up the only available non-fat yogurt. Nothing unusual so far about it right? Yeah, until I actually had it for dinner! As usual I lavishly poured the yogurt over my rice and when I tasted the first bite I literally jumped out of my chair! Because the yogurt had this very sweet, mellow taste unlike the sour taste that I am used to, so when I looked at the yogurt container I realized that I had bought fat free Vanilla yogurt instead on the regular plain one. Eeeks! I have been feeling odd and also getting this wired taste in my mouth ever since.

Anyway, coming back to this refreshing drink, this one works as a good coolant especially during the scorching summers. The measurements in this recipe can be changed as per one’s own taste.  The distinct flavor of this drink comes from the crushed cumin.

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  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • Handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 green chilli (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  •  water


  • First grind the cumin seeds along with coriander leaves and little water. Make sure that the cumin seeds are ground well. The crushed cumin seed is what adds flavor to the drink.
  •  Next add the green chilli(optional), salt and blend once more. Finally add yogurt and water and blend again.


Serve cold!


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  1. indosungod says:

    RC, I too not fond of Vanilla flavored yogurt. I have picked them by mistake a few times and wondered what to do with it! the chilli flavored yogurt does look delcious and am sure smells fantastic with the cumin.

  2. Asha says:

    Gimme, Gimme NOW!! Slurp! Looks so good. We have 90s here, humid.Yuck!!
    I don’t but any yogurt unless it’s for kids’ school lunch.Love plain Dannon yogurt. Good one RC, will try!I make seasoned Majjige, the usual way:)

  3. Rajitha says:

    the drink looks delicious…unfortunately even dannon fat-free has that gooey texture for me…so my last resort is to make it at is such a bore :D..but i gotta have me some yogurt!

  4. Uma says:

    LOL at your yogurt story! It happened to me a couple of times too. I simply turn that into a milk shake with some fruits.

    The yogurt coriander jeera drink looks so refreshing for the summer. Love all the photos. You blended the green drink with the green grass background very well. Nice click. Did you use the vanilla yogurt or just plain?

  5. Mallika says:

    Isn’t this what people drink after Biryani in India? I’m forgetting the name now. Looks delicious. And ur funny story about vanilla yogurt made me giggle…

  6. RedChillies says:

    Thanks HC. It took a long time for me to overcome that weired taste and feeling. Not a good one 🙁

    Thanks MAnsi. It is hot here and this is a good coolant.

    Thanks Mala. Good idea to use as appetiser.

    Thanks ISG. I am so gla I am not alone. They can be so confusing sometimes. Especially when we are in a hurry. True, this is refreshing taste because of ground cumin.

  7. RedChillies says:

    Thanks Asha. OOh, it is scorching hot here as well. We feel like drinking all the time here. Yeah, this is a little twist to the seasoned majjige.

    Hmmm, it is the other way around for me Rajitha. Seriously when I make yogurt at home, I get that gooey texture and don’t feel like using it. I can live on Danon though 🙂

    thanks Mallika. Errrr… after Biryani? I am really not sure. But I know that people use yogurt dish called raita as a side dish for Biryani that has few veggies in it. Is that what it is ? Sorry if this is misleading.

    Thanks Uma. Hey, that is a lovely idea Uma. I think I will use that idea on my little one. I was wondering what to do with it anyway.

    thanks Sushma. Vanilla yogurt and rice is not at all comforting 🙂

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