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.


  • Ally
    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!
  • Mariam
    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?
  • Matilda
    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.
  • 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!
  • weegmo
    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!
  • Anja
    I just made this, with frozen blueberries instead of ice. It's really nice, hope it helps with my cold!
  • laura
    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!
  • Sounds amazing and so interesting! Will definitely give it a go. Thanks for sharing. Anna x
  • Pip
    This lassi looks delicious - I can't wait to try it sometime. I also hope the beautiful Elsa had a lovely birthday.
  • Sarah Rose
    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!
  • Wow! Such a nice healhty treat! Yum!
  • Elena Karadjova
    What a great blend! These ingredients just go perfectly together for a refreshing and stimulating mix. Thank you so much!
  • 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 :)
  • 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,
  • Going to the store to try this today! Great way to use turmeric! x
  • Rebekka
    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!
  • Kajsa
    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.
  • Bell
    can you use almond/hazel nut milk instead of yogurt? or even Greek yogurt instead of regular? HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRECIOUSNESS!!!
    • Hi Bell, we haven't tried it with the replacements that you suggest, but it does sound like it would turn out very nice. /David
  • Agnes
    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.
  • olivia
    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!
  • 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:

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