Lassi is a Pakistani and Indian yogurt drink made with yogurt, milk, ice, and sugar. This is the best plain sweet lassi recipe I’ve ever had and it comes from my brother-in-law’s kitchen. His secret? He uses a small amount of whipping cream to create a lassi drink that’s perfectly sweet, extra creamy, and instantly refreshing.

Lassi drink in tall, clear glasses with sugar and a plant in the scene

“This was a wonderful tasting Lassi! Thank you for sharing!”

Rimsha

What is Lassi drink?

If you’re not familiar with lassi, it’s a traditional Indian and Pakistani (specifically said to be Punjabi) yogurt drink made from blending yogurt with water or milk.

Lassi is popular in the summer, but to me, it’s kind of like ice cream – very appropriate year-round. There’s nothing quite like downing a warm plate of halwa poori or nihari with an utterly refreshing glass of lassi.

There are hundreds of variations of lassi (it’s very much hit or miss at restaurants), and it can be sweet, salty, or fruity. Though mango lassi is extremely popular, plain lassi (whether salted or sweet) is the lassi that started it all.

Lassi drink in a tall clear glass with a blue background

The Perfect Plain Sweet Lassi Recipe

Watered down, not cold enough, too milky. I’ll admit, I’ve had lots of mediocre lassi drinks.

It wasn’t until I tasted my brother-in-law’s version that I realized how good plain, sweet lassi can be. I was taken aback by how well-balanced it was. (I’m not sure I really liked homemade lassi until I had his.) It was smooth. It was refreshing. It was perfect!

That’s when I discovered he had a secret ingredient – heavy whipping cream.

Though a small amount is used, it helps transform this lassi into something extra special.

Ingredients for Lassi recipe (Heavy Whipping Cream in a blue bowl and Cane Sugar with spoon in a black bowl)

How to Make Homemade Plain Sweet Lassi

To make homemade lassi, you simply add ingredients in a blender and blend. My brother-in-law describes the recipe as something like, “half a tub of yogurt, less than a third of the heavy whipping cream (the small box), lots of milk, and lots of sugar.”

Like him, most people don’t use a recipe when making lassi, but I find it’s all in the ratios. This became even more evident to me when I recently tested many versions with my family. Using the same ingredients, slight variations in quantities yielded different results.

Of course, you can adjust the recipe to taste, but I tried to be intentional about the ratios. The ice serves to properly chill the lassi and slightly dilute the yogurt. The milk thins it out while adding balance and smoothness. The heavy whipping cream amplifies the creamy base (a must for a good lassi). The consistency is not too thin or thick. The taste is not too sweet or too tart. For me, the ratios are perfect.

Pouring lassi drink from a blender onto a clear glass

More Delicious Pakistani and Indian Drink Recipes to Try

The BEST Mango Lassi
Authentic Pakistani Chai
Turmeric Milk (Haldi Ka Doodh)
20-Minute Kashmiri Chai (Pink Tea)

If you try this lassi, please let me know! I’d love for you to leave a comment or rating and share it with me on Instagram. It always makes my day to see you try my recipes!

Perfect Plain Sweet Lassi Recipe
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The Perfect Plain Sweet Lassi Recipe

This is the best plain sweet lassi recipe I’ve ever had and it comes from my brother-in-law’s kitchen. His secret? He uses a small amount of whipping cream to create a lassi drink that’s perfectly sweet, extra creamy, and instantly refreshing.

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups (366 g) whole milk yogurt
  • 1 cup (~100-130 g) ice cubes, 8-10 small cubes, depending on how cold you prefer it
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 tbsp + 2 tsp cane sugar (See Note 1), or to taste
  • 3 tbsp heavy whipping cream, or sub half and half

Equipment

  • High-Speed Blender

Instructions 

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth. It'll naturally become frothy on top. Serve immediately.

Video

Notes

Note 1: Any sweetener of choice may be used. I generally stick to organic cane sugar, but I also love it with raw brown sugar, which gives a wonderful malt taste.
*Use less sweetener if using less ice or milk.
Serving: 3g, Calories: 232kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 99mg, Potassium: 297mg, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 474IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 250mg, Iron: 1mg