Salted Mint Lassi (Borhani) Recipe

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Photograph: Vicky Wasik

Why This Recipe Works

  • Fresh mint and cilantro add lively herbaceousness.
  • Chaat masala packs a punch, adding sour, salty, funky, and tart flavors in one hit.

This herbaceous, savory lassi is the perfect accompaniment to any Indian meal. Just a pinch of chaat masala adds funky and tangy flavor, while black pepper and Kashmiri red chile powder, which can be found online, bring the heat. Think of this lassi as a drinkable raita, offering contrast to a meal of rich curries and rice.

Recipe Details

Salted Mint Lassi (Borhani) Recipe

Active 15 mins
Total 15 mins
Serves 8 servings
Makes 2 quarts


  • 1/2 bunch mint (about 2 ounces; 60g)

  • 1/2 bunch cilantro (about 2 ounces; 60g)

  • 1 quart (940ml) buttermilk

  • 2 cups yogurt, not strained (16 ounces; 450g)

  • 2 teaspoons chaat masala

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 3/4 teaspoon Kashmiri red chile powder

  • 2 teaspoons (10g) kosher salt; for table salt, use about half as much by volume or the same weight


  1. In a blender, combine mint, cilantro, and 1/3 cup (78ml) water. Blend until smooth.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together herb purée, buttermilk, yogurt, chaat masala, black pepper, chile powder, and salt. Adjust with more seasoning if desired.

  3. Serve immediately over ice. The lassi will keep in the refrigerator for three days.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
120 Calories
2g Fat
18g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 120
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 762mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 12mg 59%
Calcium 255mg 20%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 383mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)