Rooh Afza Lassi Recipe

There are lassis and then there is rooh afza lassi…growing up in hyderabad, this was our must have on summer afternoons on our way back from summer camps….back then they (the summer camps i mean) were’nt as hi-fi as they are now….but I reckon now is all style and no substance… of the things us kids would be looking forward to every afternoon was to stop the cycle rickshaw under the shady tree of the Irani café where the rickshaw man would stop, and go in to place the order….for kids aged about 6-7, we could barely contain our glee when a tray would appear with the scarlet stained glasses….with a tall spoon (amithabh bachchan spoon it was called), crushed ice on the top and we’d swirl it around to see the blobs of scarlet disappear into a more uniform pink………..a thick layer of cream on top beneath the layer of ice….this tall glass is the thing childhood dreams were made of….of course before coke and Pepsi choke them out of business that is……

Rooh afza is a typically desi drink which is supposed to do everything from improve your complexion to regulate your digestion….i just love the flavour of the thick sugary syrup, with a hint of rose and khus khus……it can be added to lime juice and desserts, but I just love it with lassi…..

To make two servings

2 c yogurt

1 c chilled water

4 T sugar

4 T rooh afza

4 T crushed ice

Blend the yogurt ,water and sugar till frothy and dissolved. Pour into two glasses, top with crushed ice. Pour the rooh afza on top. Enjpy

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Kiran says:

    Yuummmmm made it jus now jus loved it… I added some choped almonds to it nd used honey for sugar …. Great summer drink 🙂 🙂 😉

    1. arundati says:

      So glad you liked it! It’s a firm favourite of ours during summers!

  2. easycrafts says:

    That looks yummm…the pink colour is so attractive

    thanks EC!!

  3. Alka says:

    I never liked the taste of Roohafza when we used it for making Sherbets or falooda,we always preferred home made rose syrups
    But never thought or knew that it could be used in Lassi
    loved the frothy,bubbly pink colour;

    it tastes fab!! try it!!

  4. Vidya says:

    Looks perfect! Brought back my childhood memories 🙂


  5. Mallika says:

    Down with global fizzy drink corporations. Bring back khus syrup and rooh afza lassi I say.

    Rooh afza Zindabad!!

  6. Bhawana says:

    aap mujhe lalcha rahe hein is post se. We always use rooh afja in milk shakes and lassi. and really what a taste it is. pics are too good.

    thanks Bhawana!!

  7. Mona says:

    My hubby loves Rooh-Afza too. We have this drink quite often.

    🙂 which self respecting hyderabadi wont love Rooh Afza!! its almost in our blood!!

  8. notyet100 says:

    ur post brought back mychildhood memories,..

  9. Rashmi says:

    Such an pretty,angelic pink, and a sweet, nostalagic post 🙂
    I must admit that I have never liked water based rooh afza drinks as I always found them wayy too swee..eet, but adding it to yoghurt is a great idea, as it will tone down the sweetness to just right for me. Thanks for sharing this lovely drink.
    Amitabh Bachan spoon LOL!

  10. rachel says:

    I am in love with the colour of that drink….love the froth on top…

    Amitab bachan spoon 🙂

    once when i was trying to explain in a cutlery shop about the kind of spoon i wanted…the shop guy said to me “oh!! Amithabh bachchan spoon….why didnt you say that!!”

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