Biting through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland, by Nina Mukerjee Furstenau.
Mishti Lassie (sweet yogurt drink)
Makes 1-2 drinks
1 ripe mango or banana or papaya, peeled and pureed
2 teaspoons honey or sugar (to taste)
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, steeped in 2 teaspoons hot water (optional)
1 cup water with ice
2 tablespoons lemon juice (to taste)
1 cup plain yogurt
Blend all of the above ingredients in an electric blender, crushing the ice. Lovely served chilled. Optional garnishes for each glass: 1/4 teaspoon crushed pistachio nuts or a sprig of fresh mint.