It was an absolutely gorgeous weekend in Portland. I spent about three hours on Saturday sweltering in my sunny backyard, working up the motivation to run some errands. While I waited for my lost ambition to find me, I made this delicious concoction: a coconut-milk twist in the Indian treat, the lassi.
I’ve never actually had a lassi before (and upon writing this discovered it’s pronounced luh-see which makes the title of this post little weird) but I can say this version was pretty magical. I got the recipe from my beloved magazine Bon Appetit, where a whole mouth-watering section of the newest issue is dedicated to strawberries.
I literally couldn’t wait to blend one up and the ingredients list is so short, I happened to have everything on hand to make it. Well almost everything, but happily buttermilk can be faked with milk and a squeeze of lemon juice!
The first sip proved it was exactly as I expected it to be, the perfect cool-down for a hot day. And honestly, while it’s very similar to a basic smoothie, it’s certainly more luscious. The coconut milk adds the creaminess that usually comes from yogurt and the buttermilk adds the tang. And while the coconut flavor isn’t powerful, it’s simply there enough to make you love it.
I gulped it down so fast I was actually surprised when my glass was suddenly empty. Good thing summer is upon us — I can’t wait to play around with other Oregon berries as the season progresses. Strawberries might be the perfect match for the coconut milk in this drink, but I’m thinking cherries might be pretty awesome too. And trust me, I’m going to find out!