Masala Chaas (Masala buttermilk) for summer

Masala Chaas (Masala buttermilk) for summer

Originally, buttermilk was the liquid left behind after churning butter out of cream. This type of buttermilk is known as traditional buttermilk. Buttermilk is a good source for curing stomach indigestion, stomach worms and also acts as a coolant.

In India, a popular drink made of buttermilk is known as chaas or masala buttermilk. Instead of drinking coffee, tea during hot weather one can have chaas and cure thirst.

Ingredients of chaas

  • 2 cups fresh curds (dahi) , whisked
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
  • 1/2 tsp black salt (sanchal)
  • 2-4 mint leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • Little lime juice
  • For The Garnish :2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)

Method

  • Combine the curds, cumin seeds powder, ginger-green chilli paste, black salt, mint leaves and salt in a deep bowl and mix well.
  • Add 4 cups of chilled water and whisk well. Keep aside.
  • For the tempering, heat the oil in a small pan and add the cumin seeds.
  • When the seeds crackle, add asafetida and pour over the buttermilk.
  • Serve chilled garnished with coriander
  • If needed add ice cubes

Nutrient values in chaas:

Nutrition summary:

There are 37 calories in a 1 serving of Chaas. Calorie breakdown: 47% fat, 31% carbs, 22% protein. Serving size = 250 ml. (http://www.fatsecret.com/)

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