Hyderabadi-Style Sweet Lassi

  • Serves

    serves 2-4


Throughout India, creamy, chilled lassis are the go-to beverage for cooling off during the warmer months. To make them, milk or water-thinned yogurt is blended with ingredients such as strawberries or ripe mangoes. In the south Indian city of Hyderabad, the most popular lassi is made with Rooh Afza, a rose-scented syrup made with botanicals and sugar. This recipe first appeared in the tablet edition of our August/September 2014 special India issue.


  • 2 cups plain, full-fat yogurt
  • 12 cup ice-cold water
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp. Rooh Afza or grape juice concentrate
  • Vanilla ice cream or heavy cream, for topping (optional)


Step 1

Chill a mixing bowl in the freezer. Add yogurt and water to bowl and, using a whisk, beat yogurt and sugar until smooth. Whisk in Rooh Afza; pour into glasses and top with 1–2 tbsp. ice cream or heavy cream if you like.

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