Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Low-Calorie Papaya Drink (Papeeta Lassi) [Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking]

Papaya isn't a flavour of lassi that I've come across too often (mango or yogurt seem to be the standard), so this looks interesting - especially with nutmeg added to the mix. This recipe does make me think - if this is "low calorie" for a lassi, how many calories are in a regular one?

Cookbook Recipe:


  • 1/2 "overflowing" cup of papaya flesh, in 1/2 inch to 3/4 piece pieces (pretty much exactly half of a small papaya)
  • 3/4 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp honey or sugar
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 "standard size" ice cubes

Following the cookbook recipe exactly:

1. In a blender, mix the papaya, buttermilk, honey, salt, and nutmeg. The cookbook calls for you to blend it for 1 1/2 minutes or until thoroughly blended, this cookbook is 30 years old, a modern blender will have that done in a few seconds.

2. Add water and ice and blend until frothy. The cookbook warns the ice cubes won't disintegrate fully, but they did in my blender.

The Outcome:

This is a really good lassi - papaya isn't a flavour that gets used too often, but it's nice and subtle. The nutmeg really makes this recipe - it goes well with the papaya and keeps the lassi from being too cloying. While I'm sure this is healthier than a normal lassi, I still wouldn't count it as health food. It definitely doesn't taste watered down!

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