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The joy of lassi in summer

In the heat of summer, everyone wants something cool and refreshing to drink, right? And to satisfy that thirst what could be better than a large glass of chilled lassi?

Lassi is proudly regarded as the "pride and joy" of the Punjabi lifestyle and almost everyone loves this summer drink all over India as well in neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh. And this drink is popular no matter where you are.

Whether you are in the North of India or anywhere in India, this drink is very popular for its amazing cooling effect.

At Sharma’s Kitchen, we get a lot of feedback from our customers on how they use our yoghurt at home. When enquired about Lassi, there were many responses. Here are a few of them.

The most popular is common lassi, it’s easy to make as it requires just three different ingredients - yoghurt, water, and sugar/salt. Sometimes malai is added on to enhance the flavor. It is now ready to be poured over ice cubes and served.

Another type of lassi popular among Sharma’s Kitchen customers is mint lassi. This is said to be tasty as well as an excellent aid for indigestion. With this type, yoghurt is blended mint leaves, black salt, cumin powder, and coriander. To sweeten it up, just add a little sugar or honey.

Masala lassi is great for weight watchers and it also soothes and heals the stomach. It is made with ginger powder, cumin powder, black pepper and salt and chilli powder.

Mango is one of the most popular fruits of the summer. To make mango lassi just mix it up with yoghurt, add some cardamom and sugar/honey and you have one of the most popular drinks of the summer.

Rose lassi is popular with the people of North India. It is enhanced with Rose syrup and that also gives it a pink colour too. Rose flavour is among the most loved for refreshing summer drinks.

When it comes to creating your own flavour of lassi – your imagination is the only limit. We have seen varieties such as Kesar Elaichi lassi, Badam Pista lassi and even

Chocolate lassi.
No matter what your taste buds ask for, just make sure you use top quality yoghurt in Australia by Sharma’s Kitchen. Sharma’s Kitchen yoghurt is available at all major Indian stores all over Australia.

Ghee vs Refined Oil

Ghee and refined oils have always been part of everyone's kitchen in India and the neighbouring countries. Both Ghee and Refined oil are used in baking, frying, roasting, and sautéing.

While there is a lot of similarity in their applications, Ghee and refined oil are actually quite different as products as well as in their effect on the body.
Let us take a closer look:

The creation process

Making ghee is a very simple process that involves no chemicals whatsoever. Ghee is a type of clarified butter made by simmering butter until the milk solids separate from the fats and cooked a bit longer to turn into ghee.

Refined oils, on the other hand, are produced from different plants. The most commonly used are the olives, soybean, and several seeds. These raw materials are cleaned, ground, and pressed to extract the oil from them. Refining the oil, on the other hand, involves heating and mixing of alkaline substances like sodium hydroxide or sodium carbonate, which are later removed.

The benefits

It is not hard to find out the benefits you can get in using ghee in your cooking. Ghee is a good source of vitamin A, D, E, and K. You could also get conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in every tablespoon of Ghee. This type of fat can protect you from cardiovascular diseases. Ghee is also rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium magnesium, and phosphorus.

What’s more, when you use ghee in cooking it doesn’t deteriorate easily even under a high temperature. This is good because the nutritional properties ghee is maintained even after cooking.

Unfortunately, there are not many health benefits you can get from refined oil. However, it is more flexible in cooking. Refined oil has a higher smoke point compared to ghee. So, it's often used for deep-frying.

The takeaway

Ghee is clearly the better choice as a cooking medium. It’s natural and has loads of health
benefits too.

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