Monday, March 8, 2010

health benefits of Yoghurt and Orange Flavoured Lassi

Winter is almost out and Spring is knocking at our doors..even though in my part of World, as we are sitting on the Equator, this season changes doesn't work at all...we have couple of seasons at constant, hot and humid Summer and shower of rain. So, I always make a glass of lassi(a yoghurt drink) for us after our weekend lunch...just to chill with this great tasting refreshment and at the same time I can gain the benefits of Yoghurt which it is made of. Consuming yoghurt after a meal helps burning body fat and it helps body digesting food more efficiently.

Health benefits of Yoghurt :
  • Yoghurt is dairy product which is rich in Potassium, calcium, protein and B vitamins(B12). It is a great source of Calcium for lactose intolerant people, as there is very little lactose present in it and instead it contains the digestive enzyme, lactas. 
  • The most outstanding benefit of yogurt comes right from the unique way yogurt is made. Yoghurt is simply milk or cream that is cultured with active live cultures. These cultures are the key to many of yoghurt’s health benefits. Active live cultures are basically good bacteria that are necessary for the body to function at its best. These good bacteria prevent the growth of harmful bacteria that cause bacterial infections and diseases. Healthy levels of good bacteria also promote digestive health and boost the immune system. Good bacteria prevent imbalances in the body’s yeast levels, which can prevent various types of yeast infections. It has been shown that good bacteria can also prevent urinary tract infections. If you are taking antibiotics, they may be destroying the good bacteria present in your body. Eating yoghurt regularly can help restore your good bacteria levels. Active live cultures actually reduce yoghurt’s level of lactose, making yoghurt a delicious dairy alternative for anyone who is lactose intolerant.
  • Yoghurt Strengthens and stabilizes the immune system.
  • Yogurt Lowers LDL, Raises HDL Cholesterol
  • Calcium rich yoghurt signifivantly increases body fat loss, boost the body's ability to build bone, helps prevent and heal Arthritis 
  • For Fresh Breath and a Healthy Mouth, Eat Yogurt
So, there are more than enough reasons why you should add yoghurt to your diet, especially, Women after 30, should consume at least 4 servings of calcium rich food.

Now, this week I made my lassi adding some fresh oranges.
Lassi is a popular and traditional Indian yoghurt based drink. It is made by blending yoghurt with water or milk and Indian spices. Traditional lassi is sometimes flavored with ground roasted cumin. Sweet lassi, blended with sugar or fruits instead of spices, is also very popular.

Ingredients : (yields 3-4 servings)

Yoghurt : 2 cups
Orange : 1 (deseeded and chopped)
Water : 3/4 cup
Pistachio nuts: 6-7
Sugar : 3-4 tblsp.
Salt : a pinch
Saffron strands : few

Method : 
  • In a blender, take all the ingredients and blend until frothy. 
  • To serve, pour over crushed ice and sprinkle some saffron strands over it to decorate. 


Banashree Chatterjee said...

Hi Indrani,

This looks really yummy. Will definetly try out. Also, i tried ur Dhokla recipe. Came out very well.. Thanx.. Banashree

Indrani said...

Thanks, Banasree

Radhika said...

What a lovely looking treat and the loaded health values too.

Suparna said...

Hey Indrani,
Very valuable post must say...incorporating yogurt in interesting ways sure boots our health and satisfies our taste buds too!
Good one dear

sowmya's creative saga said...

good idea of adding oranges in lassi..looks deliicous..

Indrani said...

Thanks a lot, Suparna for your nice and encouraging words, dear
Thanks a lot, SOwmya..try out's yumm

LG said...

Thanks for that wonderful write up about yogurt. Lassi looks good yaar!

Sharmila said...

I love oranges .. and almost always have dahi.Never thought of mixing the two. Great lassi Indrani! :-)

Sharmila said...

And much thanks for your nice words on me and my blog on Sudeshna's blog. Am touched. :-)

Aruna Manikandan said...

Nice information about yoghurt!!!!

Lassi sounds interesting and delicious too :-)

Priya said...

Slurppp, thats a refreshing and flavourful lassi..

sayantani said...

come summer and my fridge is stacked with homemade curds only. love any kind of beverages made with this and this idea of adding orange to lassi sounds great and looks delish. perfect cooler for the coming months.

Parita said...

Yogurt and orange is a new combo to me and sounds fantastic!

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Electric Back Massager said...

Wow, looks very healthy to me.. hope to make one today.

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