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Cocktail of the week: coriander and ginger chhaas - recipe

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Ginger chhaas. © Dan Matthews for the Guardian Ginger chhaas.

Chhaas is a light lassi in which the yoghurt is mixed with water. It’s naturally cooling, which is why variations on a similar theme are so popular in hotter climates, from ayran in Turkey to laban in the Middle East. Serves two.

400g natural yoghurt
400ml water
1½ tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sea salt
3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
2.5cm pieces ginger, peeled and grated

Blend until smooth. Refrigerate for an hour, pour into tall glasses and garnish with a coriander leaf or two.

• From Saffron Soul, by Mira Manek, £20 (Jacqui Small)

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