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Saffron Lassi


  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 cup chilled milk
  • 4-6 strands of saffron
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Ice cubes (optional)
  • Chopped pistachios and saffron strands for garnish


  1. In a small bowl, add 1 tablespoon of warm milk and soak the saffron strands for about 10 minutes.
  2. In a blender, combine yogurt, chilled milk, soaked saffron strands (along with the milk), sugar, cardamom powder, and salt.
  3. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. If desired, add a few ice cubes and blend again for a chilled lassi.
  5. Pour the saffron lassi into glasses.
  6. Garnish with chopped pistachios and a few saffron strands.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Saffron Lassi is a delightful and refreshing beverage that combines the richness of yogurt with the aromatic flavors of saffron. The taste can be described as a harmonious blend of sweet and tangy notes with a subtle floral undertone. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Creamy and Smooth Texture: Saffron Lassi is typically made using thick yogurt, which gives it a smooth and creamy texture. As you take your first sip, you’ll notice the lassi’s velvety consistency, coating your palate with a satisfying richness.
  2. Sweetness: Saffron Lassi usually has a mildly sweet taste that comes from the natural sweetness of yogurt and sometimes a touch of added sugar. The sweetness is not overpowering, allowing the other flavors to shine through.
  3. Tanginess: Yogurt imparts a pleasant tanginess to Saffron Lassi. This tanginess adds a refreshing element to the drink, balancing the sweetness and making it a perfect thirst-quencher.
  4. Saffron Infusion: Saffron, known for its distinct aroma and flavor, is a key ingredient in Saffron Lassi. It lends a unique and delicate floral note to the drink, enhancing its overall taste profile. The saffron’s presence is subtle but discernible, adding an exquisite touch to the lassi.
  5. Hint of Spice: Depending on the variation, Saffron Lassi may sometimes incorporate a hint of spices like cardamom or ground pistachios. These spices complement the saffron and contribute a subtle warmth and depth to the overall flavor.

The combination of the creamy texture, mild sweetness, tanginess, floral saffron infusion, and possible hint of spice creates a truly delightful taste experience that is both refreshing and indulgent. Saffron Lassi is often enjoyed as a cooling beverage during hot weather or as a delicious accompaniment to spicy Indian cuisine.