Monday, May 9, 2016

Masala Chaach / Spiced Buttermik

"Masala Chaach" or "Spiced buttermilk" is a drink derived from yoghurt (or Dahi in hindi) and is popular across many states in India. "Chaach" is also known by other names like "Chaas", "Mattha" etc. This healthy drink is quick and easy to make and when included in daily meals provides number of health benefits. It is prepared by blending fresh curd with chilled water and seasoned with variety of spices.

The two major reasons because of which Masala Chaas is consumed in summers are its cooling property and aid in digestion. It is also a boon for people who are trying to loose weight as Chaach provides calcium to the body sans fat. Everyday consumption of Chaach reduces weight and obesity. It lubricates the intestines and thus helps in regulating acidity, gas or bloating. It can also be consumed by people who are lactose intolerant as microbes in buttermilk turn lactose in milk to lactic acid. Masala chaas is a great source of Vitamin B12 and prevents sun stroke as well.

You can include Masala Chaach in your everyday diet in summers and see how it does wonders for your body. This Masala Chaach recipe is simple and and does not even take much time in preparation. You can even make and carry it in any leakproof bottle in your office. It is kids friendly drink as it is not spicy and heathy too.

Hope you would like this Masala Chaas recipe !! 

List of Ingredients: (Serves 4)

  • Curd- 1&1/2 cups
  • Cold Water-1cup
  • Grated Ginger-1/4 tsp
  • Cumin -1 tsp
  • Black Pepper- 6 to 8
  • Asafoetida (Heeng)- A pinch
  • Black Salt-1tsp ( or to taste)
  • Chopped green chillies-1 (optional)
  • Coriander/Mint Leaves - For garnishing

Steps To Prepare:

Dry roast cumin seeds and asafoetida.

Take 3/4 tsp roasted cumin seeds, asafoetida and black pepper in a mortar & pestle. Crush them coarsely. Save the remaining 1/4 tsp cumin seeds for garnishing.
Take curd in a blending jar. Add water, grated ginger, green chillies, black salt and crushed spices to it. Blend well.
Serve the spiced buttermilk in glasses.

Garnish with fresh coriander/Mint leaves and roasted cumin. Enjoy!!

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