Medically reviewed by Shahzadi Devje, Registered Dietitian (RD) & Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
With zero added sugar, this sweet and refreshing strawberry lassi drink - with hints of tartness - is made with only four ingredients. Fresh juicy strawberries and greek yogurt, whizzed together with water and naturally sweetened with a low-calorie sweetener - erythritol, to create an easy and healthy Indian recipe that's calling to "Drink me!" Watch the video and learn how to make this downright delicious sweet lassi in minutes.
Though it is not officially summer quite yet, the fluctuating temperatures here in Toronto demand something Desi~liciously ah-mazing to add to the nostalgic South Asian recipes I've been rolling out - more than usual.
Honestly, whether it's brisk or sunny here, the family loves to chill with a cold and refreshing sweet strawberry lassi drink to celebrate our love of strawberries. Traditionally speaking, though, lassi is summer personified in a drink.
What Is Lassi?
No, you really don't need a complicated list of ingredients. Truly, it's an effortless recipe. A lassi drink is an Indian and Pakistani (specifically Punjabi) cold beverage made with yogurt, ice and sugar. Both sweet and savoury varieties exist, with sweetened versions typically adding sugar and featuring fruit or fruit pulp, like mango pulp. I think you may be surprised to hear that some sweet lassi recipes even star rose water and cardamom.
I will never forget watching uncles and aunties take delight in sipping a glass or two of savoury lassi with cumin, post supper, as a means to aid digestion. It's the perfect pick to accompany my spicy pav bhaji, Indian eggplant curry with potatoes or daal with roasted butternut squash.Over the years (and across continents!), I've tried my fair share of lassi recipes. Admittedly, quite a few have missed the mark - either too thick (more like a smoothie) or far too diluted to provide any real flavour.
I promise you that my smooth, flavourful, and refreshing strawberry lassi has been taste-tested by every member of the Devje crew, including my 7-year old. It's always guzzled down.:)
The secret? The delicate balance of fruit-yogurt-water. It creates the perfect dreamy consistency. Plus, you'll be pleased to know that it contains no added sugar and sweetened with a low-calorie sweetener to create an easy and healthy recipe. You may recall I used erythritol to sweeten my latest Indian dessert recipe - Carrot Halwa. Have you tried it yet?
What Is Strawberry Lassi Made of?
Here's all you need to make sweet strawberry lassi:
- Fresh strawberries – Ripe strawberries work best in this recipe. If you decide to use frozen strawberries, there's no need to thaw them.
- Greek yogurt – While traditional lassi recipes call for regular yogurt, the creaminess of Greek yogurt is heavenly. Plus, the extra protein helps to create a more filling recipe. Remember to opt for unsweetened Greek yogurt and use it straight out of the refrigerator. That way, your lassi will be nice and chilled.
- Erythritol – This is a great pick for a sweetener if you're looking to control your intake of added sugar - without compromising on sweetness. Erythritol does not raise blood sugar levels and is an appropriate alternative for diabetes and those looking to adopt a heart-healthy diet.
How To Make Homemade Strawberry Lassi - Step By Step
Honestly, there is no need for any fancy business. To make homemade strawberry lassi, you simply add all the ingredients to a blender and blitz.
- Add fresh hulled strawberries, yogurt, sweetener, water and blend (Images 1-5)
- Pour into glasses and add ice (optional)- Image 6.
Feel free to adjust the sweetness to suit your taste buds. These propositions work perfectly for us.
One serving* of this sweet strawberry lassi recipe is:
- An excellent source of fibre
- An excellent source of vitamin C
- A high source of potassium
- A high source of calcium
- Low in sodium
- Low in fat
- Net carbs: 14 g
- Zero added sugar
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Frequently Asked Question
Is Lassi Good For Health?
This sweet strawberry lassi drink is packed with good-for-you wholesome ingredients like fresh strawberries and greek yogurt. Not to mention, it contains no added sugar. It's not new news that nutrients in strawberries offer a slew of health benefits; a randomized controlled trial, published in 2021, noted that incorporating strawberries into your daily diet may enhance the function of blood vessels and improve blood pressure. Remarkably, these berries confer advantages for individuals of higher weights and those with moderately high cholesterol levels (LDL cholesterol). Loaded with powerful antioxidants, strawberries are a salubrious source of fibre, potassium, folate, and fibre. According to previous research, eating at least 1.5 cups of strawberries weekly is linked with a 34% reduced risk of a heart attack.
Looking for more easy and healthy drinks? Make sure to check out:
- Vegan Rose Falooda
- Masala Chai
- Iced Pumpkin Latte
- Green Juice With Celery
- Easy Carrot Juice
- Turmeric Golden Milk Latte
Have you tried strawberry lassi before? What's your favourite dessert to cool down?
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Creamy and Delicious Strawberry Lassi Drink
- 2½ cups strawberries fresh, washed, hulled
- 1 cup Greek yogurt unsweetened
- 1½ tbsp erythritol or any sweetener of your choice
- ¾ cup water chilled
- Add strawberries, yogurt, sweetener and water to a blender. Blend until creamy.
- Pour strawberry lasssi into glasses and add ice (optional). Best served chilled.
- Use the freshest ripe strawberries you can find to make this sweet lassi drink.
- Remember to use chilled ingredients to create a cooling drink - it makes all the difference.
- Feel free to adjust the sweetness to suit your taste buds. This level of sweetness works perfectly for us.
- This strawberry lassi is best served chilled.
Please note the nutritional analysis values are estimates and suggestions. This nutrition facts table does not know your life - your body, including your hunger and satiety cues, change daily. It's okay to eat more or less. Say no to food guilt and instead embrace mindful eating.
Shahzadi is an award-winning registered dietitian (RD) regulated by the College of Dietitians of Ontario and certified diabetes educator (CDE), approved by the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board. A YouTuber and notorious foodie, she's dedicated to helping you end your cooking wars, transform your health, and be the best version of yourself! Shahzadi is an on-air nutrition expert for CTV Your Morning and a regular contributor for Global News and other national media outlets.