Saffron Makhaniya Lassi Recipe is a popular Indian yogurt based drink made from milk, yogurt, sugar, saffron, cardamon, cream, nuts, and butter.
A lassi is a popular Indian yogurt based drink and so we sampled quite a few during our 2 week long tour through Northern India. Some lassis were significantly better than others.
They’ve got to be thick and rich you see. If they’re too watered down, the flavor’s all gone.
You can always tell if the lassis were just made carelessly, you can taste that the loves not there.
In Jodhpur though we had the best lassis ever. Not just any lassi, but a saffron makkhaniya lassi.
We first tried the Makhaniya Lassi at a bustling lassi shop in the center of town and then I even got to learn how to make one myself at my first Indian cooking class.
Now the star ingredients of this delicious delicacy are simply milk, yogurt, sugar, saffron, cardamon, cream, nuts, and butter.
Yep in case you were wondering what that mysterious glob on the side there was, that is in fact straight up butter.
Might sound odd at first, but this is freshly made butter that is simply creamy and adds a perfect touch to the Makhaniya Lassi.
Most of the ingredients all get mixed in together and then the lassi is topped with a mix of heavy cream and nuts and raisins. And then dotted with a spot of butter, though this part can be skipped.
This Makhaniya Lassi recipe is best eaten with a spoon, so you can savor every bite. I love to travel and sample the local cuisine and all the regional delicacies and this was no exception. I have had plenty of mango lassis at Indian restaurants all over the world but this was my very first experience with the safffron Makhaniya Lassi. This was a super intriguing beverage and I cannot say I have ever had saffron in a drink before! I loved learning how to make this lassi during the cooking class!
A traditional Indian Lassi recipe from Jodhpur. A real delight. Bet you've never had a Makhaniya Lassi before!
- 1/2 cup hot milk
- 1/4 gram of saffron
- 1 liter fresh plain yogurt
- 200 grams sugar
- 1 tablespoon green cardamon powder
- 150 grams nuts cashews, almonds, etc and raisins
- 150 grams heavy cream
- 100 grams butter unsalted
- Soak saffron in the hot milk and set aside for 15-20 minutes.
- To the yogurt ad sugar and cardamon. Mix. Add the saffron milk mix and blend together with a hand blender until smooth.
- In a separate bowl combine nuts/raisins and heavy cream. Mix.
- Pour the lassi mix evenly into 5 glasses. Top with a dollop of the heavy cream nuts mix and add a small spoonful of butter onto the side of the glass.
To make this recipe vegan use vegan yogurt, coconut cream, and vegan butter in place of the dairy ingredients