Blueberry Coconut Lassi

by | Apr 17, 2013 | 16 comments

Recently I broke into a house. I was having a bad week. Not just one of those days, but a very bad week. First I proceeded to jam a key in the ignition of my car repeatedly getting increasingly frustrated before realising ten minutes into this futile exercise that I had the wrong key.  I had locked myself out of my own home with no house or car keys and no phone. I then broke into my own (thank God!) house by virtually pulling apart my son’s bedroom window, got scratched bruised and badly dented. Later, I burned a batch of simple cookies. I baked a dry cake. I overcooked my meat until it tasted like shredded cardboard. I put frozen hash browns and prawns in the fridge – and not to thaw, mind you. I put a pair of good shoes in the bin and spent half an hour looking for them everywhere. I forgot things, kept repeating myself, felt horribly muddled and constantly worried about the early onset of dementia. A bad week. A week that started looking up when I used a blender.

 

Blueberry Coconut Lassi - Cook Republic

 

As a creative I find colours and the way they intertwine themselves in nature, utterly fascinating. I find it quite remarkable that any given natural object has so many shades and hues. A peacock. An artichoke. A tree frog. A watermelon. Some are honest and exactly what they seem on the surface, while some are deceptive. Like blueberries. They are the most beautiful sombre navy blue with a lovely matte finish. But on the inside is a completely different story. Unlike a strawberry or raspberry which carries the same colour throughout, blueberries are a bright fuschia on the inside, a vibrant purple pink hue. Amazing!

 

Blueberry Coconut Lassi

 

And when you blitz them in a blender, they create the most beautiful swirls of mauve and bright purples lined with a gazillion tiny flecks of indigo. This poetry of colour in motion tends to shake away your gloom if you watch the science of mixing take over and focus on the steady hum of the blender. It did mine. Like with any lassi, you need a yoghurt base and a good dose of fruit. I added some honey and a smidgeon of vanilla extract. I also added some coconut milk to thin it and the flavour was beautiful. The lassi needs to be consumed almost immediately because if it is stored it tends to split. I had it with my favourite go-to sandwich of beetroot, salmon and sprouts on grain bread. I had it in the garden. It was nice.

 

Blueberry Coconut Lassi And Salmon Beetroot Sandwich

 

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It was fitting that I chose blueberries because in addition to being antioxidant powerhouses, they also help keep your mind young and alert. Something I was in dire need of. Although baking a loaf of bread would be my zen-activity, I chose not to do it this time. With my current frame of mind I would have definitely set the house on fire. A lassi strangely, calmed me down. Do you have a favourite pick-me-up thing/recipe/ritual that you like to indulge in when things get too crowded?

 

Blueberry Coconut Lassi - Sneh Roy, photographer

 

 

 

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BLUEBERRY COCONUT LASSI

A beautiful fuschia coloured drink packed with antioxidants to brighten those end-of-the-week blah moments.

Makes – To Serve 4

 

Ingredients

2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2 cups yoghurt
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Method

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix for a few minutes until smooth. Drink immediately.

 

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COMMENTS

16 Comments
  1. Ashlae

    What a week! We’ve all been there.. especially breaking into the house 😉 Happy it’s looking up with blueberry coconut lassi. Cannot wait to try this!

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  2. Kankana

    May be I need a glass of that too! I made a super moist cake today, all that effort straight to the bin. And few days back I baked a bread that was hard as a rock.

    I so agree with you on the blueberry color change, the mauve is my all time fav color and a blueberry lassi is actually my goto treat on a sunny day. Easy, no fuss and quick. Sometime, I just throw whole blueberries in a bowl of yogurt and few drops of vanilla extract. Bliss!

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  3. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    I think we share a whole lot of similarities this week. Hugs!

    And cheers for a better tomorrow! Love lassi’s in all form.

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  4. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    What a week! This lassi looks like the perfect way to recover… love the purple and blue tones!

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  5. Archana

    Gorgeous shots! Sneh…..looks like you did have quite a bad week! This lassi looks super refreshing. It’s good that a healthy drink as this calms you down….I have a guilty habit of indulging in ice-cream to handle my nerves!

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  6. Rosa

    A delightful lassi!

    We all have bad days… Thankfully, they don’t last!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  7. Sarvani (baker in disguise)

    Oh I know about a bad week.. or rather a couple of bad weeks!! and as for this lassi.. while I absolutely adore blueberries.. but unfortunately don’t get them here.. so my alternative would be mango.. just as good!!

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  8. chinmayie @ love food eat

    What gorgeous colors! I have been wanting to make some lassi to beat the heat and this post is making me run to the kitchen! I have some strawberries on hand so I’ll have to be happy with them for the time being…

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  9. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Wasn’t there a song about there’d be days like this, your momma said? This would be oh so much better with photos of you crawling through the window. I’m glad you’re all sorted and all it took was a beautiful blueberry coconut lassi. 🙂

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  10. Martyna @ Wholesome Cook

    What a delicious pick me up Sneh! I often like to indulge in a cup of coffee and a bite-sized piece of dark sugar-free chocolate – the flavour is so intense it gives me that buzz I need to remember to do things correctly. Oh, and I often break into our own house, climbing over the fence and then in through the window. The funniest break in is not mine to take, it happened recently when 10 year old Zac came home without keys and squeezed in through our tiny, Jack-Russell-sized doggy door. I couldn’t believe it!

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  11. Pamela Joy

    Wow, Your week has been interesting! My friend Kari has been having a week like that a couple of them, she says she has been being visited by ‘MAYHEM’ 😉 like on the TV advertisement . Big hugs. This Lassi and sandwich combo looks fab!

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  12. Justagirlfromaamchimumbai

    Wow Sneh, I stumbled upon your blog today and I love it. Your creativity is so inspiring. Happy to follow you.

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  13. Puja @ Indiaphile.info

    Hi Sneh! This lassi sounds and looks beautiful! I make rice and kadhi when I have one of those off days (or week in this case…and believe me, I’ve had those too!). I hope things are back to normal now. 🙂

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  14. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I’m so sorry to hear about your bad week. We all have those. And when it’s bad, it seems like everything else has to go wrong too. Misery does love company.

    On another note, I really do love this lassi. I think I have all of the ingredients on hand too so I definitely want to make this for myself!

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