Restaurants root for lassi as national drink

Park Plaza hotel has started the dhabha festival these days in which lassi is the hot selling item.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published:May 4, 2012 12:07 am

A few days after Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said tea would be India’s national drink,the eating joints of Ludhiana have started making lassi more popular by holding special festivals and launching new flavours of the drink.

Park Plaza hotel has started the dhabha festival these days in which lassi is the hot selling item.

“We have lassi available in the form of sweet and salted flavours and are also making flavoured lassi on demand,” says Umesh Yadav,food and beverage manager of the hotel.

At Yellow Chillies,chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s restaurant,a special lassi festival — ‘lassi jaisi koi nahi’ — has been started in which more than 15 varieties of lassi are available. Among them are strawberry lassi,adraki lassi,black current lassi and mint lassi.

H S Kukreja,director of the eating joint,says,“It is our way to promote this drink. Punjabis love lassi,and now it is for them to choose between lassi or tea.”

At Westend mall,the bar,Brew Master,has also introduced two flavours of lassi.

Gigabite and Express cafe at MBD mall already have lassi flavours but now their chefs are busy making an elaborate menu for the same.

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