Spiced Gulkand and Pomegranate Lassi

Lassi is a popular, traditional, yogurt based drink from India & Pakistan. Lassi is a blend of yogurt, water, spiced and sometimes, fruit. 

Traditional lassi is a savoury drink, sometimes flavoured with ground and roasted cumin( jeera).  Sweet lassi, however, contains sugar or fruits, instead of spices.

Lassi is our family’s favourite summer drink. 

Very often I make mango lassi as that’s the fruit of summer.
But today I have tried a very different lassi. I had in my mind to make pomegranate lassi. 
While I was taking out the spices, I saw a bottle of gulkand. Gulkand is a preserve made with rose petals. It’s very aromatic and good for digestion. 
 I decided to use gulkand also. Am so glad that I did that as the lassi turned out be very aromatic, delicious and very soothing to look at:)
Pomegranate pearls- 11/2 cups
Gulkand- 1 tsp
Sugar- 2 tbsps
Yogurt- 2 cups
Roasted jeera powder- 1/2 tsp
Pepper- 2 pinches
Black salt- little
Mint leaves- few
Freeze 2 tsps of pomegranate pearls to use as garnish.
Add pomegranate, gulkand, sugar and 1 cup of water and blend to a puree. Strain well.
To this juice, add yogurt, jeera and pepper powder and black salt. Blend again till it’s well blended and becomes frothy.
Chill the lassi.
To serve
Take a tall glass. Pour the lassi, garnish with frozen pomegranate pearls and mint leaves and serve immediately:)