Summer is almost here in India, which means it's time to have loads of water, juices, salads, juicy and COOLER fruits and veggies like watermelon and Cucumbers respectively!

Though water is utmost important fluid to be consumed during such weather, it is also necessary to replenish the salt and sugar in the body as these electrolytes are drained out of the body as we sweat and fume in the presence of scorching sun. The so called cold drinks are waste of money and loss of health. The bubbly fizzy drinks are no better. Instead some real coolers like Jaljeera (mint based cooler), sugar cane juice, chaach (buttermilk), Thandai (a heady mixture of milk, almonds, rose petals, poppy seeds etc), Sandalwood Sherbet, Aam paana (Tangy and sweet drink made using unripe mangoes), are healthier and far better options. Do give these a shot !

This month at Beyond Curries, our team will bring to you some refreshing Refreshments, juices, smoothies, summer salads etc. to make your summers more bearable and fun filled. So fight those summer blues with us this month at Beyond Curries..stay tuned ;-)

As for recipe of the day, well its one of my most favorite summer cooler, a healthy one, and so yummy...Masala chaach or spiced up buttermilk....the diluted version of Lassi , but a treat to taste buds and your digestive system too ;-)

The spices could vary as per your taste, and could be totally skipped too, just some rock salt and black pepper powder gives the chaach a wonderful flavor, but if you are the one who are prone to have cough or congestion after consuming curd (dahi) ,then adding ginger and Cumin seeds help to reduce your woes.Have it either way.... it comes packed with whole lots of benefits.


Recipe: Masala Chaach (Spiced up Buttermilk)
Prep Time:5 min
Makes:2 servings
Shelf Life:Best when consumed immediately, but could be stored at cool place or refrigerated for few hours
Recipe Level: Basic
Spice Level: Low
Recipe/Post by:Alka

1 cup of fresh curd (dahi)
1 glass of water (Will require 1 1/2 glass if not using ice)
Ice cubes (optional )
A tiny it of ginger (less than 1/2 inch piece, use lesser if you do not like strong flavor)
1/2 tsp of Cumin seeds
1-2 pepper corns
Rock salt (or normal salt) as per taste
Chaat masala (optional)

Special Utensils:
Blender and/ or Mathni (Wooden churns or churners)

  1. If you wish, you can blend all ingredients in a blender till the ingredients blend properly and froth appears at the top, or you can blend all ingredients except curd, with little water, and then churn well the curd with remaining water and ice cubes, then add the blended spices to it, mix well.
  2. Serve with some more ice(optional), garnish with some rock salt/ chaat masala/ black pepper powder etc.

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  1. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal // 1 April 2010 at 23:10  

    Hi Alka, this one surely looks yummy specially in summer months.

  2. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal // 1 April 2010 at 23:10  

    Forgot to let you know on my blog, if you want to visit as mine is a new one :)

  3. Jagruti // 1 April 2010 at 23:33  

    My fav. masala chaas! pics looks lot are baking, we lot are freezing!..;-)

  4. Kalyani // 2 April 2010 at 01:49  

    wow the buttermilk so tempting & delicious .....

  5. Tina // 2 April 2010 at 19:37  

    Sooo tempting and refreshing buttermilk...

  6. neha vish // 6 April 2010 at 20:41  

    I love making chaas - but the trouble with living in London is that the only time you can actually enjoy the drink is for two weeks in the entire year! :(

    Funnily enough, I came across Ayran in Turkey - and it tasted really similar - though would have loved a dash of dhania in it.