Whenever I’m talking to my online friends and I mention that I am cooking curry or any other Indian dishes, they would be surprised. Apparently, we Singaporeans are all Chinese and Chinese don’t eat curry. I guess if you have not visited Singapore, I don’t blame you for your lack of knowledge regarding Singapore and it’s people. I blame it on the makers of Bollywood movies. If you are a fan of bollywood and you have watched “Krish” or any other Indian movies/serials, you might have got the impression that Singapore in another China made up of Chinese only and with a lot of red lanterns hanging along the streets. Not forgetting that most of the Chinese here are supposed to look like Bruce Lee and they know Kungfu. At least that was how Singapore looked like in Krish. As a Singaporean, I failed to recognize my country for a moment. In-fact I wasn’t the only one. Every other people that watched Krish shared my sentiments.
Anyways, we do have a lot of Chinese here but Singapore is also made up of people from different cultures and religions. We have the Malays, Indians (waves), Eurasian and other ethnic groups too. It is very common to see a Chinese eating curry and a Indian eating Chinese noodles. Oh by the way, did you know that besides shopping, Singaporeans love to eat? Eating is favorite pastime. We love our food and please don’t judge us. It is hard to come from a country that is so vast in cuisines. Tourists raved about about food and how diversify our cuisines are. I am telling the truth and my hips don’t lie. My mom used to joke that we Singaporeans will never die from a lack of food, but the possibilities of us dying from overeating is greater. I guess you have a better idea about Singapore now? Promise me that you will never associate Singaporeans with the following:
- Narrow eyes
- Small nose
- Flat face structure
- Red lanterns
- Non English speakers
- Bruce Le, Jet Li or any other Lee.
I know I am digressing big time from my main point. My main point was to say that since I come from a country that is made up of different ethnic groups, it is very common for me to cook and include recipes from different cuisines. So today I am sharing a recipe that originated from India. India has an incredible array of street food. There are practically something for you to buy and eat every few steps. The streets are often busy with activity and are filled with the aroma of food. From the mithais (indian sweets) to the chaats (savoury snacks), you can even get an omelette by the street, especially during winters. Lassi sellers are also easily found along the streets. Lassi is a very popular yogurt based drink in India. It has gained popularity in other parts of the world too. There are different types of lassi. Some are sweet and some are spiced. The most popular ones would still be the sweet lassi and I LOVE it. We usually make our own Lassi at home. I am sharing a recipe for a delicious lassi. This refreshing strawberry lassi is really a versatile recipe. Feel free to use other fruits instead of strawberry. Mango lassi is also SUPER delicious and is 1 of the most popular lassi.
- 150 g fresh strawberries -sliced
- 1 cup plain yogurt (full fat or low fat, your choice)
- ½ cup water or milk
- 3-4 tablespoon sugar (Adjust according to your preferences)
- Ice for serving
- Add yogurt, sugar, water/milk in a blender Jar. Blend well for about 5 minutes or until everything mixed to the consistency you want.
- Top your lassi with some ice, if you prefer.