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.


  • 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 :)
  • Kate
    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.
  • dora
    Hello! Happy Birthday to Elsa. She is beautifull and big, considering that i "know" her from since she was a new born baby.
  • Margit pataky
    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
  • Alex
    Wow, isn't she beautiful. Healthy food, healthy child. She is so blessed to have been raised so you guys! :) xx
  • Amirmasoud
    She is beautiful.
  • Beautiful photos! Elsa is adorable. Thanks for sharing such an easy way to add turmeric to the diet.
    • 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. /David
  • 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.
  • Hi! 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:
  • Julieta
    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! :)
  • Alice
    Looks yummy, what a great way to get more turmeric into my life. Happy Birthday dear Elsa, you are adorable!
  • Liz B
    Happy birthday to Elsa! Soo cute! This smoothie looks so delicious! Thank you and enjoy the break - you totally deserve it! x
  • Erina
    Lovely!will try make this lassi during weekend
  • 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?
    • 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. /David
  • Nancy
    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!!
  • 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!!!
    • 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. /David
  • Linda
    Yummmm...Love Tulum! My boys are 13 and 17 now. We have been bringing them there since they were babies.:) Enjoy!
  • 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

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