Rose Lassi with a healthy twist

July 21, 2016

When summer finally arrives, what better than Rose Lassi – ice cold churned yoghurt fragranced with heady rose to cool things down?

Traditionally, Rose Lassi is made with Rooh Afza, a sugary red tinted squash comprising a blend of herbs and floral essences including rose, vetiver and screwpine. A couple of capfuls of this in yoghurt or cold milk creates the refreshing summer drink Indians know and love.

My version below uses the much easier to source rose essence. As this doesn’t give the lassi its signature pink hue, I have added a bit of cooked beetroot. The result is a fragrant cooling drink that’s bound to delight and has an added dose of good health.



Feeds 4:

  • 500gm chilled low fat natural yoghurt
  • Half cup ice
  • 2 tbsp rose essence
  • 2 tbsp chopped beetroot
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar


Place everything in a blender and churn until smooth. Pour the rose lassi into glasses and decorate with rose petals to serve.



9 Responses to “Rose Lassi with a healthy twist”

  1. Alex Says:

    September 11th, 2018 at 2:24 am

    I’ve only gad Mango Lassi. This is definitely going to be different. I have a local Indian market that makes the best Mango Lassi. Thank you for sharing.

  2. bathroom floor plan designs Says:

    April 10th, 2018 at 8:00 am

    This is really a nice drink for summer season. It makes body and mind cool. This is also good for health. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. swathi Says:

    July 28th, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Nice one will try it soon

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  5. Taylor Reed Says:

    May 5th, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Hmmm, I never tried roses yet but this is interesting. Actually, I was looking for Indian recipes for me to follow and learn then I bumped into this drink so I am really curious what is this all about. I’m gonna add this on my list of my yogurt drinks. Thanks a lot for this. More recipes to follow on your blog.

  6. Gargi Says:

    April 23rd, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Liza, try mango maybe. Or just put a couple crushed almonds/saffron.

  7. Liza Lee Says:

    September 21st, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Look lip-smacking But I don’t like rose flavor.

    Can we add other flavors of the essence?

    Whatever you like! Enjoy M x

  8. Trina Nanda Says:

    September 16th, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Nice one….. I am already having a rose lassi craving!

  9. Trina Nanda Says:

    September 16th, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Looks yummy.. can’t wait to have it !!!!

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