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Mint and Cumin Chaas

Servings: 4

This refreshing sipper is similar to the Indian yogurt drink, lassi, but slightly looser in texture, thanks to the water and ice. This version, which is seasoned with cumin and mint, is tangy, herbaceous, and complex. It comes together fast and is a nice, savory change from all those sweet warm-weather drinks.


  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground cumin; plus more for garnish (freshly ground is preferred)
  • 2 cups full-fat plain yogurt
  • 1-1/2 cups ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves; more for garnish
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt


In a small skillet, toast the cumin on low heat until it turns a shade darker, about 3 minutes.

In a blender, combine the toasted cumin, yogurt, ice cubes, mint, salt, and 1/2 cup water, and blend until smooth. Pour into four glasses and garnish each with a pinch of cumin and mint leaves.


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