OK. It isn't a milkshake. It's a yogurt drink flavored -- and beautifully colored -- with a few drops of rose water for a delicate, adult concoction that Mrs. HowChow makes part of every dinner at the Columbia Indian restaurant. In fact, she'll order them or a mango lassi at almost any Indian restaurant in Columbia -- and there are several goods ones, including Akbar, House of India, and the new India Delight.
The lassis are refreshing, and they're a nice way to sample real Indian flavors without filling your table with too much food. Of course, if you want the full taste of India, try a salt lassi -- a flavor that hasn't converted me yet.
For more about the Indian restaurants, check out my post about Indian restaurants in Howard County. To make your own rose water lassi, pick up a bottle of rose water at any of the Indian or Middle Eastern stores in the post about ethnic groceries in Howard County.
6365B Dobbin Center
Columbia, MD 21045
Near: On Dobbins Road just south of Rte 175. It is in a outbuilding of the Wal-Mart shopping center next to the McDonalds and the Chik-Fil-a.