Spicy Lassi

© 1994, Excerpted with permission from Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing
by Usha and Dr. Vasant Lad

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Serves 4

2 cups water
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 Tbs Sucanat or other sugar (or to taste)
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp fresh, grated ginger OR 1/4 tsp dry ginger

Doshic Notes
Good for all doshas, especially kapha.
Blending the yogurt kindles the agni principle.
Vata = Pitta = Kapha =

PREPARATION

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend for 1-2 minutes. Adjust sugar according to taste and dosha.

Ayurveda recommends that you have a warm drink with your meal to help with digestion, but that the quantity should be no more than a cup.

At the end of a meal, a cup of lassi—made with diluted yogurt or buttermilk—can be a good aid to digestion.

Since this recipe is balancing for kapha, it can even be consumed in winter.