Immune-boosting turmeric lassi

Immune-boosting turmeric lassi

Green Kitchen Travels

Even if we learned to drink lassi (a fresh yoghurt-based smoothie) and cook with turmeric on our trips in India, the whole idea of actually combining those two into a drink was pretty much our own. We were looking for a refreshing drink that could also help to boost our immune system after a long and dark winter, so we added ginger, honey and turmeric to a traditional banana lassi. The result was a wonderful-tasting lassi with an interesting twist in flavour and colour. Turmeric is a strong antioxidant and has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine throughout history. Considered to be a spice that cleanses the whole body, especially the liver, it is used to support digestion, and to treat fever, infections and inflammations. The addition of black pepper enhances the anti-inflammatory effect of the turmeric.

When we posted this recipe on our blog, it became something of a viral success and in the following weeks, turmeric lassi popped up on blogs and Instagram accounts all over the internet. It even made it onto a few Indian recipe sites.


Quantity Ingredient
450ml plain yoghurt with live and active live cultures
2 ripe bananas
2 teaspoons ginger, freshly grated
or 2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons clear honey
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 teaspoons rosehip powder, (optional but delicious and a good vitamin C boost)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
or 1 teaspoon ground vanilla
3-4 teaspoons ground turmeric
a tiny pinch black pepper
4-5 ice cubes


  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and mix on high speed until smooth. Taste and add more yoghurt if you prefer. Pour the lassi into 2 large or 4 small glasses. For a more stunning presentation, dust with ground turmeric on top before serving. Add a straw and serve.
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