With the mercury rising; a Kulhar full of new-age lassi is your best bet.
Considered a front runner among summer coolers in the searing heat, the humble lassi has come of age in its new avatar. This modest thirst quencher is no longer confined to the traditional curd base as the new-age lassiwala are presenting the drink with innovative flavours.
The more popular ones being strawberry flavoured almond lassi, saffron with almonds, banana, chikoo and the seasonal mango. Thought lassi enthusiasts can be seen flockin the innumerable kiosks in the city, the purists prefer the traditional frothy variant.
Says chef Bakshish Dean of The Park, "The equipment is very important for a perfect concoction. In older days the clay vessels in which the curd was set, were smoked lightly to add a hint of earthen aroma. But these days people don't go for details."
It is interesting to note that the good old lassi has competition from the colas today. Concurs chef Dean, "The colas are convenient and one need not worry about the hygiene standards." But the trend is largely area specific. Anshuman Chawla of Amritsari Lassi Wala says, "Lassi is more in demans in areas like Chandni Chowk as compared to a posh locality like Greater Kailash II. People who prefer junk food generally go for cold drinks."
Where to get it:
Amritsari Lassi Wala,
295, Fatehpuri Chowk,
Raj Lassi Wale
642, Fatehpuri Chowk