Critic’s Notebook: Eat This Now: Lassi


Lassi, a cool Southeast Asian beverage based on yogurt and often enhanced with sugar, salt, fruit purée or spices, is almost as good as a milkshake for a chill-down during summer heat waves.

You can find lassis at Indian restaurants or markets. Some of my local favorites include Tiffin’s sweet lassi, a tall drink of sweetened (but still tart) yogurt, and Bindi’s cool and tropical mango lassi. But the best selection of lassis is at Nanee’s Kitchen, an Indian-Pakistani restaurant stall at Reading Terminal Market with a refrigerator full of the cool yogurt shakes in unusual flavors like rose and cardamom.