Smoothie – what is a smoothie and what differentiates it from a milkshake or a lassi or a batida? Not much. According to Wiki, a smoothie is basically pureed fruits (and less often vegetables) mixed with a dairy product like milk or yogurt although some versions are also mixed with additional fruit juices. Basic flavors of milkshakes like vanilla or chocolate won’t be considered a smoothie because there is no fruit, however a strawberry milkshake can also be called a smoothie as well as a mango lassi or other fruit based lassi’s. A batida like the passionfruit version I made here, the Latin Caribbean version made with fruit and evaporated milk can also be considered a smoothie.
This week I will be presenting a few different smoothie’s to combat the summer heat. Although I didn’t order it, I did recall seeing a Poached Pear Lassi on the menu when I visited Thali. Since I had a few peaches, I decided to use peaches and with the spices, it’s really a switch from traditional lassi’s.
- 2 peaches
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 5 green cardamom pods, crushed
- 2 cloves
- 1 inch piece of ginger, sliced
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon rose water
- 7 ice cubes
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
In a shallow saucepan, combine cardamom, ginger, cloves and water. Bring to a boil.
Add peaches. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove peaches from cooking liquid. Remove skin from peaches, if desired. Drain the cooking liquid to remove the spices.
In a blender, combine peaches, yogurt, milk, rose water and sugar. Measure cooking liquid of the peaches and add additional water to equal 1/4 cup. (most of the liquid would have evaporated while poaching the peaches) Add this to the blender. Puree.
Add ice and process until smooth.
Garnish each serving with a pinch of cardamom powder.
You can peel the peaches if desired. However, you will lose some of many healthful benefits in the peach, by discarding the skin.
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