Roasted Cherry-Balsamic Lassi

by Kiran on July 22, 2014 · 23 comments

in Beverages, Desserts, Smoothie

Latest news: the in-laws are here for a visit! There’s so much food and fun-filled dining table talks and we are soaking it all. Reminiscing on the family traditions and tales of childhood.

It doesn’t matter if blogging is sporadic. As long as I’m getting earfuls of Tarun’s childhood mischiefs 😉

Roasted Cherry-Balsamic Lassi | @KiranTarun
A little background on the in-laws and the troubles they are getting themselves into.

Mummy will always lend a few pair of hands in the kitchen. Whether it’s wee hours in the morning, or till dawn. Literally. She hardly ever tires when it comes to preparing meals for us.

She’s constantly a huge inspiration. If only she allows herself to nap often.

Roasted Cherry-Balsamic Lassi | @KiranTarun
Papa has been a great help in the photography department. He’s my hero whenever I needed an extra pair of hands for help in styling or hand-modelling. Grateful for every guidance they’ve bestowed ever since arriving. That includes the nudging of watching Indian cinema.

A ton of it.

For them, this is their way of vacationing — being in the moment with us, while sipping on something they are not used to other than the traditional mango lassi.

With that being said, roasted cherry-balsamic lassi has the in-law’s approval written all over it. And now you have no reason not to make it 😉

Roasted Cherry-Balsamic Lassi | @KiranTarun

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Makes 2 large servings


  • 1.5 cup of pitted fresh cherries
  • 2 tsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup of fat free yogurt
  • 1 cup of nut or regular milk
  • 1 very ripe banana, chopped
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 4 ice cubes

garnish: chopped pistachios, mint leaves & sliced cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Tumble pitted cherries onto lined baking sheet and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Roast cherries for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove cherries to cool to room temperature.
  4. Add all ingredients (sans garnish) into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  5. Serve immediately, topped with garnish!


Roasted Cherry-Balsamic Lassi | @KiranTarun
Hope this summer is filled with fun and laughter of your loved ones. Have a great week, my friends. Off to roast more cherries. Its the only right way 🙂

What’s in your summer bucket list? Family, vacation etc?


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1 Rosa July 22, 2014 at 9:42 AM

A refreshing and delicious lassi! Have fun with the in-laws.




2 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health July 22, 2014 at 9:54 AM

seems like you are having a wonderful time with the in-laws..loving the idea of cherry lassi 🙂
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3 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ July 22, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Enjoy the time with your family, Kiran!

Enchanting pictures. Lassi is definitely one of my favorite drink. Cherry lassi? WOW.
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4 Kiran July 31, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Thanks Daniela — Cherry lassi has been a revelation 🙂


5 Raymund July 22, 2014 at 4:31 PM

After looking at your photos I suddenly feel I need one glass of those beauty
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6 Kiran July 31, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Raymund — make some NOW! It’s that simple 🙂


7 Kitchen Belleicious July 23, 2014 at 9:03 AM

love the color to this and it is sweet and creamy. One of the best ways i have seen cherries used!
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8 Kiran July 31, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Jessica — thank you! that’s a huge compliment. I’m humbled 🙂


9 Alice July 23, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Love the sumptuous photography as always Kiran. Your sting & colours are do whimsical. Thank you for sharing this little view into your sweet daily life with the family. How could they not love food as beautiful as this!
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10 Shibi@FlavzCorner July 23, 2014 at 1:57 PM

That’s a refreshing and new take on Lassi, loved it !!!


11 John@Kitchen Riffs July 23, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Sounds like you’re having a fun time! And we’ll all have a fun time if we make ourselves a lassi or two. What a terrific recipe — thanks so much.
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12 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You July 23, 2014 at 8:10 PM

What a great idea…Roasted cherries with balsamic in a lassi…I’d be quite thrilled to drink more than one!
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13 Monet July 24, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Your in-laws sound so sweet and charming. I’m sure they are loving every minute with you! And this lassi? Gorgeous. I want to come over and visit you now!
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14 Carol at Wild Goose Tea July 24, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Be still my heart. I love lassi’s. Then to have one with roasted cherries. You gotta be kidding. That is over the top.
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15 Thalia @ butter and brioche July 24, 2014 at 5:05 PM

wow these look seriously delicious.. love cherries, never thought to roast them in balsamic before. i can imagine how good this lassi would have tasted. yum!
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16 Liz July 25, 2014 at 1:17 PM

What a fabulous lassi flavor! Perfect for a hot day!!!


17 Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Gorgeous lassi, I love these flavors!
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18 Sophie33 July 29, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I made your delectable tasty roasted cherry drinks & loved every sip!
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19 Kelly July 29, 2014 at 7:33 PM

This lassi sounds delicious! I love your photos!


20 Archana @ The Perfect Zest July 30, 2014 at 2:14 PM

cherries and balsamic in lassi – so new so awesome! looks great.
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21 Amy @ Elephant Eats August 5, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Mmmm, I’m so glad you’ve made a variation on the traditional lassi, because I’m allergic to mangoes. These look sooooo good and refreshing. I’m definitely making these soon! Enjoy time with your in-laws 🙂
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22 Mary @ Fit and Fed August 10, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Beautiful, Kiran! And roasting the cherries with balsamic vinegar and then adding banana to the smoothie for sweetness is brilliant! I think it will be nice for you to look back on this photo and see your father-in-law’s hand in it and remember their visit!
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