Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Yogurt Drinks

Every Middle Eastern, Indian, Lebanese, and Greek Restaurant has a yogurt drink of some kind. It's just a matter of nailing the name down. I mean, yes, I can (and at times do) just ask for "the yogurt drink"--but they aren't all the same.

A salty lassi is in fact salty. The "salty" is not just there so you know its not the sweet mango version. I like the tangy quality of this one.

The Persian version, known as doug [pronounced doog], is minty and has a bit of a bite. It's the dash of black pepper.

Arini, the Greek concoction, is pretty good. But it's kind of plain for my taste. Laban ayran, the Lebanese take is similar, but with a bit of mint.

A couple of years ago I was on a Arini kick. Last year it was a doug-o-rama. But now, I'm definitely a Lassi girl.


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