Wednesday, 10 July 2013

MASALA SPICED ROASTED BEET LASSI


Occasionally, some kitchen fiascoes turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Just like this Beet Lassi. I was terribly upset with myself when I forgot to keep my home made yogurt in the refrigerator once it was set. Freshly made yogurt takes no more than two and half to three hours to set (in the Mumbai climate) and here I wasIt took me over six hours to realize the blunder and by that time the whole batch of curd had turned sour.

I thought of ways where I could use my huge batch of sour yogurt. I thought of making Pakoda Kadhi but I realized the curd was too sour and after putting in huge effort I was most likely not going to get desired results. To put the sour curd to good use, I used 3/4th of the batch and let the water from the curd drain over a cheese cloth and made my favourite chocolate cake from part of it. And from the left over drained curd I made a sour curd dressing to go with potato salad. Yet I still had some left from the batch of sour yogurt. I also learnt one very valuable lesson. Make small batches of yogurt coz it is not easy to spend a huge batch of sour yogurt!

I remembered having seen many food bloggers making beet raita although I have not tried it even once. Why not beet lassi I thought. Beets are sweet, curd is super sour and the pairing should work since there would be a balance of flavors and if I thrown in some masala it should probably work well. For my beet salad, earlier, I had boiled the beets but having seen a trend in roasting veggies and fruits for using in salads, soups, cakes, cookies and smoothies and even ice-creams, I thought of roasting the beet for the lassi. The result was beets with superior and a sweet enhanced flavor than when boiled. You know what? From now on, I will use more of roasted veggies in my cooking and baking J I am loving it! 

Oh! I didn’t say what lassi is! For those who are new to this lingo, lassi is a blend of yogurt and water. It may be in a sweet or savory avatar. These days you will find a lot of variations. Some people, instead of water, like to add fruit pulp or puréed veggies to have flavoured lassi and it also helps take the health quotient of lassi a few notches up. But the basic one will have beaten curd plus water to which salt, black pepper powder, dry powdered mint and roasted cumin is added. The sweet one uses sugar or palm sugar/ fruits. 


This recipe is a savory one. The color gorgeous and the texture luscious...I can't seem to get enough of it... yes me! who used to hate beets!! Here is how I made it...

2 medium sized beetroots
1¼ C Sour Yogurt (or more if required)
1½ C Water (or more if required)
1 inch piece Ginger (grated)
¼ C Mint
1½ tsp Cumin (roasted and coarsely ground)
¼ tsp Black Pepper (powder)
½ tsp dried mint powder
½ tsp garam masala (mine is mild)
¾ - 1 tsp Sumac
Lots of ice

Mix together and place in a shallow dish
1½ tsp Sumac
1 tsp Sugar
1 pinch Black Salt

Wash and scrub the beets well, Place the beets on individual foils and close the top of the foil by pinching it. Place the foil encased beets in a 200 degree C oven and roast for approx 40-45 minutes or till done. 
When cool, peel the beets (Beets bleed color and you need to be careful as it leaves stains on clothes)
Chop the beets and blitz them. Add mint, ginger and yogurt and blitz again.
Add water and blitz one last time. Adjust the amount of water and yogurt 
Sieve the beet mint yogurt mix (optional). Adjust the amount of water.
Add salt, black pepper, garam masala, sumac and cumin. Adjust the amount of spices.

For serving, moisten the rim of the glasses in which you intend to serve the lassi with water. Over turn the glass in the sumac, sugar and black salt mix ensuring that the rim takes on as much mix as possible. 
Pour the lassi into glasses and serve topped with ice.
Garnish with mint leaves. 


Note: The amount of yogurt and water will be determined by the size of the beet and of course personal taste.

Note: I strongly recommend using the sumac, sugar, black salt (on the rim of the glasses) as it gives a nice tangy flavor and a beautiful rounded taste. 

Note: I had used sour yogurt so it helped balance the sweetness of beets. For regular yogurt and beet lassi use lemon juice to balance the sweet sour flavor. 

Serves 3-4

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49 comments:

  1. Such a lovely color...Great combo...

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  2. wonderful presentation lovely clicks.quite a twist to usual lassi.

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  3. Beautiful beet lassi! Love the idea of roasting it.
    OMG in three hours the curd is set in Mumbai then it must be terribly hot out there.Here my family likes it sour they think store bought yogurt is not sour enough so I set it separately for them :)

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    1. It is indeed hot in Mumbai although these days it is pleasant (thanks to the monsoon) and yes, it takes just 3 hours for the curd to set!

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  4. Just gorgeous your creative invention. You are really inventive with all the ways you used up that sour yogurt. The beet Lassi is brilliant with well balanced flavors.

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    1. Hi Evelyne...necessity IS the mother of invention ;-)

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  5. I love it when failures turn into successes!

    This savory lassi looks and sounds wonderful. Those flavors are just fantastic.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Yes Rosa and these are exciting times! Thanks.

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  6. its so colourful...nice presentation

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  7. Wow! a triumph from a disaster!! looks and sounds wonderful :)
    Mary x

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  8. Beautiful and great recipe,love the gorgeous color !

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  9. Gorgeous and pretty attractive lassi..Love that masala touch here.

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  10. I've only ever had mango lassi before (which I loved!), beet lassi sounds pretty good too! I've never made yoghurt before either but now you make it sound like fun because you can use it up even if it goes sour! :D

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    1. Absolutely Von, yogurt is very versatile ingredients and loved by us Indians. I too never thought of beet in a lassi until the curd went sour ;-)

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  11. what a lassi, this is perfect :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  12. I am a BEET fan! The lassi looks so beautiful and delightful.

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    1. I am sure you will love it Angie!

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  13. This looks superb and I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks.
    Love your food styling too.

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  14. I have phobia about beets, the fear about staining. Also my other half does not like and his fear is about the effect on his blood pressure. I certainly love beets and am waiting for him to travel so that I can cook beet especially this inviting lassi with the same. I never knew beet can be used for beet until I am here. Its simply adorable,power packed with the nutrients for my needs.

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    1. Ha ha ha... Isn't this what many of us do...wait for our hubbies to travel so we can indulge in our own favorites! I too never liked beets but this lassi has turned me into a convert :-)

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  15. I like beet. But have never had lassi. And it does look beautiful. Have to try it soon.

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  16. What a wonderful and clever idea... roasted beet lassi!! I have never seen such a thing.. but it is certainly beautiful!! Well done my friend. :)

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  17. Good save of the sour yogurt!! The lassi is so pretty and most unusual. :-)

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  18. This is the most gorgeous lassi I've seen. I love that vibrant color from the beets! Love it when it's roasted for more flavor too.

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    1. i am new to roasting veggies/fruits and honestly i loved the roasted beets. They were indeed more intense in their flavour.

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  19. wow !! that is indeed a real colourful lassi...nice presentations too..

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  20. Thanks a lot everyone for your encouraging feedback and loving this lassi :-)

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  21. I can't think of eating beets in everything but I do love it in juice. This beet lassi looks so inviting enough for me to try.

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    1. I feel the same about beets. It is hard for me to eat them raw in salads but I loved them in this lassi.

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  22. What a great idea to make lassi!! And the colour is just awesome!

    Nazneen

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  23. Very creative idea, beet lassi looks fabulous. Love the color!

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  24. what an awesome idea! this is gorgeous and sounds absolutely delicious!

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  25. Beautiful color...this beet lassi looks so exotic...would love to try...
    Have a great week :D

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  26. lassi is one thing I want to try! Yours has the perfect color and I am sure it tastes as great!

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    1. Trust me Katerina, once you try lassi of any sort, you will probably want to have it again and again! Lassi is not just delicious beverage but also a healthy one.

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  27. Oh my, I've tried cardamom lassi, mango lassi and strawberyy lassi so far, but never something so original and yet so authentic at the same time!

    I maintain my former opinion that you're an invaluable source of inspiration.
    Cheers,
    Miriam.

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    1. Thank you so much! It is really sweet of you to say that :-)

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  28. How interesting and gorgeous! I never imagined to combine them for such a fabulous drink...

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    1. They do make for an amazing beverage...something I never imagined when I started making it!

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  29. What a beautiful lassi.....gorgeous color and amazing photos! I just love beets...and this recipe is so unique!
    : )

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  30. This is so luscious and summery!! Love the added tasty spices, like sumac and dried mint powder :)

    Pinned!

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  31. this looks so so gorgeous. I would have never thought of adding beets to lassi.. :)

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  32. Thank you so much every one for your wonderful compliments :-)

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  33. This is such a unique lassi. I think i will try it very soon.

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  34. I think I'm glad you forgot your yogurt! Otherwise I wouldn't get to see this absolutely stunning beet lassi (that I now want to try oh so badly!)

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation Rochelle.
      I guess what ever happens, happens for a reason ;-)

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