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Pista Lassi

Pista lassi is fantastic creamy, frothy and delicious lassi made of chilled fresh curd, hot milk, pista essence, few nuts of pistachios, sugar, and cardamom for flavoring and crushed ice. Brilliantly delicious pistachio nuts are popular dry fruits valued as symbol of wellness and robust health since ancient times. The nuts are enriched with many health benefiting nutrients and are essential for optimum health. Pistachios are being cultivated in large scale in the orchards in United States of America, Iran, Syria, Turkey and China. The fruit, in fact, is a drupe and the seed kernel is actually the edible portion. They are borne in heavy clusters somewhat like grapes bunch. Exteriorly, the mature fruit features off white colored, hard, shell with splits part way open exposing the yellow-light green colored oblong kernel which measures about 1 inch in length and 1/2 inch in diameter. Pista lassi is a very healthy, nutritious and cooling beverage. Its amazing creaminess and luscious taste of cardamom and pista essence gives out a fruity aroma that lingers into your mouth making you crave for more. A rich and refreshing beverage which should be served chilled to keep your spirits high. Pistachios are rich source of energy and many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are essential for optimum health. Regular intake of pistachios in the diet help to lower total as well as LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood. Usually most of the nuts are an excellent source of vitamin E and are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Pistachios nuts are also a store house of minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. The nutty flavorful aroma of Pista is a delight to many dishes and enhances the taste and gives richness to the dish. Apart from the Pista lassi, pistachios are also used popularly in making the pista kulfi and pista sandesh from West Bengal. Just a hand full of pistachios a day provides enough recommended levels of phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and protein. For preparing this creamy and nutty flavored pista lassi, firstly remove the pistachios from their shells and make a coarse powder of pista. Mix sugar in curds till well dissolved. Just before serving combine all the ingredients (chilled fresh curds, hot milk, pista essence, cardamom powder and crushed ice). Whip all the ingredients well with hand or an electric blender. The light and frothy lassi is ready to be served. Serve the lassi chilled to give a cool and refreshing feeling. An wonder beverage that should be taken during summer to beat the scorching heat and gives you instant energy and cools the body down. Do try this delectable and juicy Pista lassi which will surely keep your kids in high spirits. Click on the link for detailed recipe: Popularly known as pista, these nuts are extensively used in various sweet dishes in south East Asian countries and split pista nuts are a great addition to salads. Roasted and crushed nuts often sprinkled over salads, desserts, particularly sundaes and other ice cream based preparations, biscuits, sweets and cakes. Pistachios are nutty, yet pleasantly sweet in taste and favorable aroma. Baklava, a sweet pastry made of layers of "phyllo dough" filled with chopped pistachio, almonds and cashew nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey, is a popular preparation in Turkey, Iran and middle east. Pistachios are available in the markets year around. In the store, different forms of pistachios are available such as shelled, unshelled, salted, sweetened etc.  Try to buy whole “in shell” or “with shell” nuts instead of processed ones. They are generally available in the airtight packs as well as in bulk bins. Nuts can be allergy which is common in few sensitive individuals due to the chemical compound anacardic acid which is present in these nuts. They can cause simple skin irritation to severe manifestations including breathing difficulty, abdomen pain, vomiting and diarrhea. So one needs to check and eat nuts carefully.

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