Desi spicy buttermilk!! Did you ever try this? I mean not just buttermilk, spicy buttermilk that to desi (Indian village style) one. This is very delicious & refreshing drink and very much effective during summer because it helps to keep our body hydrated & energetic too. Though buttermilk is popular across the globe but it comes with different variations in different regions.
In India, it is also very popular and from village to city and north to south, it is available with little variations. Most people know this buttermilk as chaas in India. It is prepared with yogurt (curd). Though practically, in many areas buttermilk generally prepared with fresh milk & lemon juice. But here it is an exception because yogurt is used to make this desi spicy buttermilk. Traditionally, people use a manual wooden blender to make buttermilk from yogurt (curd). It needs more time as compared to an electric blender. Housewives in villages spend a lot of time to produce butter from curd and sometimes they use such blended yogurt to make desi spicy buttermilk. From kids to adults, everybody loves such buttermilk. They added some spices to make it more delicious.
The first time, I have tried flavored buttermilk at Connaught Place, New Delhi and probably which was milk made because the taste was different and much thinner than traditional village style spicy buttermilk (or in my style desi spicy buttermilk). But that was good and expensive too. I think it was around 40 or 50 rupees that too in 2011. But we can make traditional masala chaas or desi spicy buttermilk at a cost of hardly Rs 5-10, haha. Even we can have such chaas or desi buttermilk from roadside food corners at Rs10 – 15 too in 2018 too.
Though there are many other summer drinks are available but most people prefer such buttermilk because it is not only delicious but also it is less costly and easily available throughout the year. Nowadays curd is available at any grocery shop as well as a sweet shop too. Not only that curd can be easily made at home too. It does not need too much effort, the only thing you need is time, people allow it to settle (fermented) it down for overnight so that in the morning they can use fresh curd for daily use.
Desi spicy buttermilk recipe
- 1 cup curd/yogurt
- 2 tsp Lemon juice
- 1.5 tsp roasted cumin powder
- 1 tsp roasted coriander powder
- ½ tsp black pepper powder
- Black salt as needed
- 2-3 coriander plants, chopped
- 8-10 mint leaves
- 2.5 cup chilled water
- Add all curd, lemon juice & 1 cup of water and blend it for next 7 minutes in an electric mixie/blender
- Now add all spices (roasted cumin, roasted coriander powder, black pepper powder), black salt, coriander leaves, mint leaves and rest water and blend it again for next 3 minutes