Summer is upon us. And the heat makes me quite crazy. I know that I feel more hot than other people. Natural, summer coolers like chaas or buttermilk are just perfect to provide a nice cooling to the body. They also keep the body hydrated. Mattha, chaas, chanch or spiced buttermilk is quite commonly consumed in India in summers. No, it is not the same as the savoury lassi which is heavier. The one I make is made by diluting churned yoghurt. It really is very simple to make, and you can keep some in the fridge too.
There is no perfect recipe as such. You can add and remove ingredients as per taste. This is how I make it:
- ½ Kg. fresh yoghurt
- a few springs coriander leaves finely chopped
- A few pudina (mint) leaves finely chopped
- ½ tsp. black salt
- 1 tsp. salt or to taste
- ½ tsp. finely grated ginger
- 1 green chilli finely grated
- ½ tsp. powdered roasted cumin
- Chilled water to dilute
- Ice cubes
- Whisk the curd/yoghurt till smooth.
- Add all the ingredients to the yoghurt.
- Dilute with water. I prefer my buttermilk thin.
- Serve immediately. You could also refrigerate and serve later.
Some people like to add a tempering of mustard seeds and curry leaves in oil to their buttermilk.
You can play around with ingredients as per taste.
You may keep spiced buttermilk in the fridge and serve it next day as well. It is a great drink that you can also serve with food or just have whenever you feel thirsty or are in a mood of having something refreshing.
Hope you try my recipe of spiced buttermilk and relish it this summer. If you like the recipe, do share it.