Spicy Lassi

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

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 gingerDoshic NotesGood for all doshas, especially kapha. Blending the yogurt kindles the agni principle. Vata = Pitta = Kapha =
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.