Last year, while cooking through How to Feed a Teenage Boy (remember this post?), I discovered a recipe for something called Lassi, with notes describing it as a drink served in Indian restaurants that helps to cut the heat in spicy foods.
I'd never heard of it! However we were in the middle of lawn-mowing season, and my boys had been coming home mid-morning dripping with sweat and absolutely not hungry, but hot and thirsty. (Don't worry- they do take full icy water bottles along on their mowing jobs as well!) I thought that perhaps a recipe that cut the heat in spicy foods could also effectively cool down the body, so I whipped some up the next morning and handed them each a cup before they stepped inside. It was so frothy and light, the cups felt like they were empty!
They downed it in seconds and declared themselves feeling much cooler, and I knew we had a summer staple.
Lassi - recipe from How to Feed a Teenage Boy:
6 ice cubes
1 cup plain yogurt
2 cups milk
2 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Pour into tall glasses and serve! Serves 2.
(The dog likes it too.) (But she likes everything.) (She eats sticks and bugs, for goodness' sake.)
I've since found some other marvelous and equally simple recipes for variations on the sweet lassi, but this one remains the favorite.
(P.S. - It's also delicious even if you haven't mowed a single lawn, and you're just sitting outside in the shade with your watercolors!)
Miss Stacy mentioned some yummy-sounding popsicles recently (which she really should post recipes for, don't you agree? Hint, hint...). What are some ways you're cooking up (or blending!) to keep cool this summer?
Lassi- it works for (us)!