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Immune Boosting Turmeric Lassi

We are writing this from a small cabin in Mexico. Me, David and Elsa are on a trip together. Just like two years ago, but this time we are only away for two weeks. And today is Elsa’s birthday. She turns three! Do you remember her first? So much has happened since then, but traveling together is still just as amazing. There won’t be any cake today (saving that for when we come home), but there was at least pancakes for breakfast. And Elsa has decided that we are having açai-bowl for lunch!


We prepared a few recipes before we left. This first one – a turmeric and ginger flavored banana lassi –  is a special kind of Indian smoothie that we have been drinking a lot of lately. After a long and dark winter, most of us look almost transparently pale and gloomy. Following the natural remedies route, we believe that what we eat affects our bodies. And this lassi is filled with ingredients that can give your immune system and body a natural health boost.


In India, they often drink lassis after a spicy meal. In our house we have them as breakfast or lunch drinks. And sometimes as a lighter dessert. Apart from it’s health advantages, it is also truly delicious. The turmeric adds a nice and unusual twist in flavor. And the ice makes it all frothy and fresh.


Immune Boosting Turmeric Lassi
2 large or 4 small glasses

2 cups organic yogurt with active live culture
2 bananas
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
2 tsp honey, preferably unpasteurized
1/2 lemon, juice
2 tsp rosehip powder (optional but delicious, and a good C-vitamin boost)
1 tsp vanilla extract or ground vanilla
3-4 tsp ground turmeric (or fresh turmeric root)
4-5 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on high speed until smooth. Add more yogurt if you prefer. Pour the lassi in two large glasses. For a more stunning presentation, dust 1 tsp ground turmeric on top before serving. Add a straw and serve.


Happy Birthday Elsa! We love you more than the world.


  1. Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 16:13 | #

    Excited to pick up these ingredients while I’m out today. Enjoy the rest of your trip and Elsa’s special day!

  2. Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 16:37 | #

    Happy birthday glorious birthday girl Elsa <3 Such a gift to this world bringing laughter, curiosity and loooove!

    And to you all, ENJOY Mexico – you are so so so worth this trip together. What a year it has been!

    Hugs and love from me and Fabian

  3. Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 16:40 | #

    That’s a lot of turmeric! Looks super healthy. Happy birthday to Elsa! And enjoy your Mexican holiday! :)

  4. Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 17:04 | #

    Mmmm looks delicious! I’ve never had anything quite like this. Will have to give it a try!

  5. Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 17:33 | #

    Enjoy Mexico! I’m sure all us readers are crazy jealous. And Happy Birthday Elsa!

    I’m looking forward to trying this lassi. When I was working in India I encountered such brilliant drinks such as warm milk with turmeric or warm milk with saffron as something to drink before bedtime. Both turmeric and saffron feel quite at home with a warm glass of almond milk. Yum. I love the addition of rosehip powder in this recipe and am definitely going to try to track some down.

    Bon Voyage!

  6. Natalie
    Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 17:33 | #

    Happy birthday, Elsa!! I found this blog shortly after she was born, and it has never failed to cheer me up when you share stories of how your family is growing and spending time together. Your healthy and (more importantly) meaningful and happy way of life is inspirational. Thank you so much for sharing!

    As for the recipe, this looks wonderful! I am allergic to latex, which is found in raw bananas and avocado, so I sadly can’t make a raw version of this recipe. However! I worked at a Syrian cafe where we served mango lassi. I will try this recipe with fresh mango instead!

    Someday, I will save enough money to make the acai bowl. Someday…

  7. may
    Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 17:47 | #

    very nice recipe.
    Just one question, I’m from Croatia, and googled for rosehip powder everywhere but can not find it. I know what rosehip is, in Croatia we only drink it as a tea, when we have a cold, or when we want to drink tea. It’s not common to drink a lot of tea in here.
    I always buy organic, dry rosehip. Can I blend it and make a powder?
    I’ll ask in the organic food store if they have it, but I doubt it. Where do you buy that stuff?
    Elsa very happy birthday to you :) I have a girl to, she’ll be 3 for a month.
    thank you
    may :)

  8. Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 18:28 | #

    So fun! This sounds awesome!

  9. zosia
    Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 19:48 | #


  10. zosia
    Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 19:50 | #


  11. zosia
    Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 19:51 | #

    while I’m at it: *preferably unpasteurized :)

  12. Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 20:29 | #

    Happy birthday sweet Elsa! Hope you’re all having a lovely holiday. I’ll be making this for an afternoon pick-me-up with coconut yogurt. Thanks for your inspiration! :)

  13. Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 20:43 | #

    Happy Birthday Elsa! Today I made your delicious mint & mango zuchini spaghetti for lunch and it was sooo good. Tomorrow I will be energizing my body with this smoothie. Have an awesome time in Mexico!

  14. Olivia
    Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 21:06 | #

    Happy birthday beautiful Elsa, hope you’ll get a wonderful day!

  15. Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 21:18 | #

    Being Indian, I appreciate turmeric! I end up using it in almost most of the recipes!

  16. Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 21:19 | #

    Look at those tiny hands! Adorable! These photos are amazing. So vibrant! Definitely sounds like a great drink smoothie for this time of year when the seasons are changing + colds are looming. Thanks for the idea! Happy birthday to the little one.

  17. Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 21:35 | #

    Beautiful little girl. Have a wonderful time in Mexico:)

  18. Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 21:38 | #

    Happy Birthday to Elsa! She looks so adorable on all your photos of her.
    Also, I downloaded your new desserts app, and I am loving it! So many great tips for a sweet treat you can eat without feeling bad about it. Looking forward to try out some of the recipes.

  19. Mona
    Posted 5 Mar ’13 at 22:03 | #

    Tillykke store Elsa
    Kram og kys fra mormor og Rasmus klump :-)

  20. Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 00:10 | #

    Happy birthday Elsa! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday :)
    Thanks for the beautiful lassi drink, I would never have thought to use turmeric but it seems so perfectly suited I don’t know why I never tried it before.

  21. Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 00:28 | #

    It is Nice and Healthy .We also make it for Our Student doing Cooking Class But just do a little bit different ,they have Nice and Strong flavour with romantic smelling .Great to get healthy food

  22. Linda
    Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 01:09 | #

    Yummmm…Love Tulum! My boys are 13 and 17 now. We have been bringing them there since they were babies.:) Enjoy!

  23. Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 04:02 | #

    Happy 3rd Birthday to your precious Elsa who looks all grown-up and sweet with her pink balloon!
    Your Turmeric Lassi is beautiful and so vibrant. I happen to have lots of fresh turmeric roots right now, can I just blend the root in the Vitamix without grating it? What quantity? I’ll give it a try tomorrow morning and let you know. Your Chocolate Black Bean Cookies were good, my kids & their little friends liked them too.
    Enjoy the rest of your vacation in sunny Mexico!!!

    • Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 12:07 | #

      Dear Ketmala, I would grate the turmeric root before adding it to the blender (even with a Vitamix). Fresh turmeric has a stronger flavor, so it’s probably good to start with half the amount (around 2 tsp), then add more if needed.

  24. Nancy
    Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 05:13 | #

    Dr. Oz featured a drink very much like this (using Almond Milk instead of yogurt) recently. He uses it as a before bedtime drink and I think it is terrific! I shall use yogurt tomorrow night and I’m sure will love it!!

  25. Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 06:04 | #

    Birthday wishes to the little girl. Interesting to learn that you all are so much into Indian Lassis! Ground turmeric root will have a different taste (more pungent) than the turmeric powder – isn’t it? Again turmeric powder (uncooked) – how will this be? Pardon me for being a bit blunt but keen to know whether the drink tasted nice apart from the obvious health benefits?

    • Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 12:01 | #

      Hi Ishita, yes it does taste very nice. The banana and honey makes it quite sweet and helps balancing the turmeric and ginger flavor.
      If using fresh turmeric root, you could perhaps start out with a little less since it has a stronger flavor. Make sure to grate it before adding it to the blender.

  26. Erina
    Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 06:44 | #

    Lovely!will try make this lassi during weekend

  27. Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 10:42 | #

    Aw! Happy birthday, Elsa :)

  28. Liz B
    Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 12:29 | #

    Happy birthday to Elsa! Soo cute! This smoothie looks so delicious! Thank you and enjoy the break – you totally deserve it! x

  29. Alice
    Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 14:35 | #

    Looks yummy, what a great way to get more turmeric into my life. Happy Birthday dear Elsa, you are adorable!

  30. Julieta
    Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 14:40 | #

    Happy birthday, little Elsa. It’s nice to know that you are having a good time in my country. Please don’t forget to post pictures! :)

  31. Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 15:41 | #

    Happy birthday Elsa and happy birthday parents for your beautiful daughter and your wonderful life!
    I’m mother of two beautiful girls and I’m in love with them too. The little one has only 4 months!
    Could you, please, look at this blog: sopasdemae.blogspot.pt?

  32. Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 16:07 | #

    Happy birthday to Elsa!! I love your photography, the cute little fingers of Elsa around that big glass of Lassi, really nice. You are a great inspiration, thanks.

  33. Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 16:35 | #

    Where can I buy rosehip powder? Thanks

    • Posted 7 Mar ’13 at 01:26 | #

      Hi, In Sweden you can find rosehip powder in all health food stores, and even some super markets. We have noticed that it can be more difficult to find in other countries, but our best guess is health food stores.
      If you can’t find it you can also just leave it out.

  34. Posted 7 Mar ’13 at 00:18 | #

    Beautiful photos! Elsa is adorable. Thanks for sharing such an easy way to add turmeric to the diet.

  35. Amirmasoud
    Posted 7 Mar ’13 at 05:49 | #

    She is beautiful.

  36. Alex
    Posted 7 Mar ’13 at 08:31 | #

    Wow, isn’t she beautiful. Healthy food, healthy child. She is so blessed to have been raised so you guys! :) xx

  37. Margit pataky
    Posted 7 Mar ’13 at 12:49 | #

    A great drink to help relax is warm milk with 1/4 tspn ground tumeric stirred in —helps one to relax and drop off to sleep quicker

  38. dora
    Posted 7 Mar ’13 at 14:45 | #

    Hello! Happy Birthday to Elsa. She is beautifull and big, considering that i “know” her from since she was a new born baby.

  39. Kate
    Posted 7 Mar ’13 at 15:08 | #

    Oh man… thank you for this! I’ve been on a huge inflammatory cycle lately, and can’t seem to kick it (no matter how many Omegas I take!). I made this for breakfast, though used almond milk instead of yoghurt and added chia seed. It’s absolutely fantastic!!! My tummy is happy, and all this turmeric has GOT to help.

  40. Posted 7 Mar ’13 at 21:24 | #

    Thanks for this recipe. This seems like an easy (and delicious!) way to incorporate more turmeric into your diet. Such a gorgeous color too. I’ve been really enjoying you desserts app too :)

  41. olivia
    Posted 8 Mar ’13 at 09:47 | #

    Wow, one of the best smoothies i have ever tasted!!!! Made it with 1/2 greek yogurt, 1/2 coconut milk as that was what i had on hand… Delicious!

  42. Agnes
    Posted 8 Mar ’13 at 20:20 | #

    I would drink this lassi all day. :)
    Happy birthday to Elsa! My daughter was 3 in January. One of her favourite vegatables are chick peas (like Elsa’s :)), the other is sweet potato.

  43. Bell
    Posted 9 Mar ’13 at 18:45 | #

    can you use almond/hazel nut milk instead of yogurt? or even Greek yogurt instead of regular?

    • Posted 11 Mar ’13 at 02:46 | #

      Hi Bell, we haven’t tried it with the replacements that you suggest, but it does sound like it would turn out very nice.

  44. Kajsa
    Posted 10 Mar ’13 at 01:04 | #

    I just made the lassi and it was delicious! Different with the turmeric flavor but oh so good and a bit spicy. Had mango at home so replaced the pineapple with that. Thank you from a new follower.

  45. Rebekka
    Posted 10 Mar ’13 at 14:59 | #

    Wonderful lassi, I just made it. Will be even more perfect for a summers day. :) AND, I totally love this website; the recipes (even though Im not vegetarian ;-), the design and most of all the photo’s! Thank you!

  46. Posted 10 Mar ’13 at 17:13 | #

    Going to the store to try this today! Great way to use turmeric! x

  47. Posted 12 Mar ’13 at 08:03 | #

    Well, turmeric is really full of nutrition and improve immunity and that’s way it is better to add it in your daily food in any form as well as this immune boosting turmeric lassi is great way if you want it in good taste,

  48. Posted 12 Mar ’13 at 09:37 | #

    This is such an interesting idea for a beverage. Turmeric is a delicious spice with some really powerful healing benefits. I can see why you’re drinking this to strengthen the immune system.

    Happy Birthday to Elsa :)

  49. Elena Karadjova
    Posted 13 Mar ’13 at 17:25 | #

    What a great blend! These ingredients just go perfectly together for a refreshing and stimulating mix. Thank you so much!

  50. Posted 17 Mar ’13 at 18:01 | #

    Wow! Such a nice healhty treat! Yum!

  51. Sarah Rose
    Posted 17 Mar ’13 at 18:53 | #

    I’m drinking this right now! It’s delicious — the turmeric adds a very interesting but subtle flavor. I had to use ground ginger since I didn’t have fresh on hand, but otherwise all the ingredients were already in my kitchen. A lovely treat for lunch — thank you!

  52. Pip
    Posted 20 Mar ’13 at 07:26 | #

    This lassi looks delicious – I can’t wait to try it sometime. I also hope the beautiful Elsa had a lovely birthday.

  53. Posted 21 Mar ’13 at 16:09 | #

    Sounds amazing and so interesting! Will definitely give it a go. Thanks for sharing.

    Anna x

  54. laura
    Posted 18 Apr ’13 at 12:58 | #

    I’d never heard of lassi’s before but I tried the recipe from your book last night and this one for lunch today and now absolutely love them!

  55. Anja
    Posted 22 Apr ’13 at 03:27 | #

    I just made this, with frozen blueberries instead of ice. It’s really nice, hope it helps with my cold!

  56. weegmo
    Posted 23 Apr ’13 at 15:34 | #

    I have just made it. couldn’t be bothered with grating turmeric root so added it cut into pieces. didn’t have any fresh ginger so added powder. Nor rosehip powder so I used some dried rose petals. Made just one portion and now i regret it as it was beautiful!!!! Thank you very much for sharing it with the rest of the world. I have never been dissapointed with any of your recipes so it’s time to get your book! Thank you and wish you all the best and never ending ideas for new recipes!

  57. Posted 7 May ’13 at 08:14 | #

    First of all, what a beautiful website you have! I love the dramatic colors and styling of your photography, and besides that, the recipes look amazing! Sometimes you get lucky and find a blog that has everything you were looking for!

  58. Matilda
    Posted 3 Aug ’13 at 06:55 | #

    I was tidying my spice cupboard and had a sudden craving for turmeric lassi. What a perfect excuse to try your recipe,it’s been on my mind after a recent browse through the green kitchen stories app. I had no bananas so I threw in a handful of frozen blueberries and there’s a box of rosehip teabags getting a little dusty at the back of the tea cupboard so I tore one open and sprinkled that in too- what a lovely colour! And to make it a little more filling (it’s probably going to be my lunch), I sprinkled some chopped roasted almonds on top. Thanks for the lovely recipe.

  59. Mariam
    Posted 30 Sep ’13 at 11:41 | #

    This looks gorgeous! Can’t wait to try it for brekky tomorrow! This is probably a really silly question but can rosehip oil (I have a little jar which I use for my skin) be added as I don’t have the powder?

  60. Ally
    Posted 10 Oct ’13 at 21:16 | #

    I’ve eyed this lassi for ages and finally got around to making it. It’s been on steady rotation in our house during the transition to autumn. The bright yellow looks like sunshine in a glass and I like mine with extra lemon. The perfect way to bid farewell to sunnier days and welcome the golden colors of fall!

  61. janis
    Posted 4 Nov ’13 at 16:47 | #

    I have been enjoying making this lassi every morning for the past couple of weeks with the subsitution of frozen mango for the ice cubes. I love it! I have certainly noticed a difference in my body since drinking this on a regular basis (my acupuncturist has been on my case for years to incorporate turmeric in my diet as tumeric is great for circulation and is an anti-immflamitory). Thank you so much for all your recipes (and your beautiful cookbook)

  62. Poppy McNeal
    Posted 2 May ’14 at 00:00 | #

    my name is poppy and i am 9 years old. my mum first tried making the lassi and said it was delicious and then i tried it and i thought it was really nice. we had a look at some of the other recipes to and they look delicious!!!

  63. Daniella Price
    Posted 7 Jun ’14 at 10:00 | #

    I found that the honey solodified, as in, it didn’t dissolve w the rest if the ingredients in my thermomix…is there another way to sweeten it?

  64. Mona
    Posted 3 Sep ’14 at 11:34 | #

    I made this today, and I love it. It is also good to know that all the stuff in it is doing my body a favour. Thanks for a nice recipe and an inspiring blog!

  65. Posted 19 Oct ’14 at 23:59 | #

    Hello David and Luise (and Elsa!),
    I am an herbalist and author and am preparing for the publication of my fourth book, Soulful Apothecary: An Herbalist’s Guide to Making Foods and Drinks in the Kitchen. I’m featuring chefs and herbalists from around the country who are contributing 1-3 recipes that are sustaining, healthy, delicious and include herbs; we’ll include broths, soups, smoothies, teas, vinegars, syrups, and much more. I would love to include your Turmeric Lassi recipe as well as information about you and links to your blog and/or website.

    Please contact me if you are interested in being involved. Your website is beautiful and I look forward to hearing from you,

    Holly Bellebuono

  66. Marla Petersen
    Posted 14 Feb ’15 at 17:58 | #

    Do you have a suggestion for a banana substitute since I am cutting down on carbs for blood sugar leveling and weight loss? Thanks, Marla
    [email protected]

  67. Natasa
    Posted 12 Mar ’15 at 09:24 | #

    Thank you for this recipe. I’ve replaced yogurt with hazelnut milk b/c I’m lactose intolerant and it tastes wonderful.

  68. Becky
    Posted 23 May ’15 at 17:47 | #

    I just got hold of your first book. I love your blog. And your wonderful tiny family :)
    Awesome stuff!

  69. Erin Smith
    Posted 26 Jul ’15 at 14:59 | #

    I just have to say. . . I am yet again enjoying an iteration of this smoothie, as I do a majority of mornings (today’s has cacao nibs sprinkled on top). Such a good start to the day! Thank you!

  70. Posted 27 Aug ’15 at 11:30 | #

    i’m two years late to this turmeric lassi party – but i just tried this recipe and it is fabulous. i added a bit extra honey because i was afraid of the turmeric taste being too strong, but it was totally unnecessary ! great recipe : )

  71. Dorothy Di Santo
    Posted 18 Nov ’15 at 21:13 | #

    What a welcomed site to receive today, thank you. I’m excited to see all
    The fabulous recipes and smoothies.
    I do eat organic chicken breasts at least 3 times during the week, but I
    see many foods I am going to add to my menu.
    Elsa is so precious!

  72. Posted 11 Feb ’16 at 21:07 | #

    This is a great recipe, looks yummy. Me and my wife are very interested in trying new drinks and food. I feel so lucky to find this web site in the middle of the winter. Immune boost will help.

  73. Ivana
    Posted 12 Mar ’16 at 10:13 | #

    This is so great! Thank you, guys, for sharing this fantastic recipe!

    I’ve just made it this morning with kefir I make at home using kefir grains. This recipe puts ordinary, plain kefir into whole new perspective!

  74. Posted 7 Jul ’16 at 11:51 | #

    This is a wonderful recipe, looks tasty. All women in my family is very interested in trying new recipies. Thank you for sharing. Yummy!

  75. sigi
    Posted 8 Jul ’16 at 03:33 | #

    Yum! I used kefir too and fresh turmeric

  76. Christina
    Posted 21 Nov ’17 at 23:19 | #

    Is this safe for 1 & 3 y.o. to drink? Currently they both have a nasty cold & I’m trying to find a good c9ld kicker for them.

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