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 makkhaniya saffron lassi.
We had these first 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 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.
A traditional Indian Lassi recipe from Jodhpur. A real delight.
10 minPrep Time
1 minCook Time
11 minTotal Time
- 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.