Masala Chaas / Masala buttermilk is a cool spicy yogurt drink made from condiments like cumin powder, chaat masala, and fresh coriander leaves. Masala Chaas is an ideal summer drink that gives a soothing effect on your body and mind.
All the condiments that are added to prepare Masala buttermilk make for a very good digestive agent with their amazing properties. They act as agents that help in reducing gas or bloating in the stomach.
You can prepare Masala Chaas or Buttermilk in advance before your mealtime and refrigerate it. You can either have it with lunch or post-lunch. Some prefer to have it with dinner as well. In that case, you need to check if that suits your body, as some of them may catch a cold.
However, drinking buttermilk on a regular basis is far more advisable than sipping on high calories soda drinks. When you have sodas, packed juices it has lots of sugar and does not do any benefit to your body. To avoid having those drinks on a regular basis if you are addicted to them and have Masala Chaas instead. To cultivate this habit start by having 1 glass of Buttermilk along with your meal daily. By doing this you will make not crave any sugar drinks.
What is Buttermilk?
Buttermilk is a yogurt-based drink that is mainly prepared by mixing yogurt, water, salt, and other spices like cumin seeds, pepper powder, ginger, green chilies, coriander, and mint leaves.
Buttermilk is consumed in Indian households usually with our meals. However, Buttermilk is known as Chaas also, but every region has a unique name to Buttermilk.
In Marathi, it is known as “Taak”, in Tamil it is called “Neer Mooru”, In Hindi, “Chaach”, Gujarati people call it “Chaas”, Kutchi people call it “Kutchi Beer”, and in Kannadiga “Majjige Huli”.
How to make Masala Buttermilk at home
Masala Buttermilk is one of the simplest recipes to prepare at home. With the help of just a few main ingredients like yogurt, chili coriander leaves, and spices like cumin/jeera powder it can be prepared with no fuss. It requires less than 5 minutes to make it at home.
There are 2 ways to prepare Masala Chaas.
- The first way is to add yogurt to a bowl, whisk it with a wire whisk or traditional wooden whisk till there are no lumps, slowly adding water, salt, cumin powder, and other condiments. You can also add 2-3 ice cubes in the Buttermilk if you like it cold. Whisk it till Buttermilk is frothy.
- The second method is to add yogurt, salt, and all the other ingredients together into the blender along with water and blend it till the buttermilk is lump-free and frothy.
Try whichever way is suitable to you, any which way it will not take more than 5 minutes to prepare Masala Chaas at home.
You can also try Mint Buttermilk and Spicy Guava Drink which are my favorite drinks.
What are the benefits of Buttermilk?
1.It has a cooling effect in the digestion process:
Buttermilk soothes the lining of the stomach and easily digests all the spicy food that we eat. It reduces body heat and acidity. The further addition of cumin powder. chat masala, coriander leaves relieves the stomach of any indigestion it may have. Moreover, you may not feel bloated and lousy after a heavy meal.
2. It helps in decreasing blood pressure:
Studies have shown there are few substances found in buttermilk that helps in lowering blood pressure and drinking it regularly benefits the health of those having blood pressure issues.
3. Helps in reducing weight:
Buttermilk can be consumed regularly by weight watchers and all those who are suffering from obesity. It has very fewer calories as compared to high-fat milk has. So one can consume buttermilk without any guilt and hesitation.
4. Increases Immunity:
Buttermilk seems to be rich in lactic acid bacteria that helps to build immunity.
5. Effective Against Dehydration:
Buttermilk along with salt, cumin powder, chili, coriander leaves acts as an effective therapy to prevent dehydration. It is the best drink to beat heat and loss of water from the body especially in summer.
6. It also helps to lower cholesterol levels:
Drinking buttermilk daily helps in lowering and controlling cholesterol levels too.
7. It also Detoxes your body:
Drinking buttermilk daily rejuvenates and helps detoxify your body. This is an excellent beverage that is had along with most of the meals, especially in Indian homes. For those who want to cure a hangover, drinking buttermilk is the best remedy. Drinking a glass of Masala buttermilk eases, relaxes, and refreshes your body after a tiring day.
Ingredients required for Masala Chaas:
This recipe will yield 2 glasses
1 cup fresh yogurt / Curd
2 cups of cold water
1 piece green chili
1 tsp chaat masala
2 tsp cumin powder/jeera powder
a handful of chopped coriander leaves/cilantro
Salt as per taste2-3 ice cubes (optional)
Fresh mint leaves and coriander for garnish
Step-by-Step Recipe of Masala Buttermilk:
Buttermilk is a very nutritious drink with less fat content. It is also advised by dieticians to those who are on a weight loss program. Buttermilk is also a good source of calcium and keeps you hydrated. Consume 1 glass of buttermilk daily preferably with your lunch. However, avoid drinking it at night if you are prone to cold and cough.
Masala Chaas / Masala Buttermilk
- This recipe will yield 2 glasses
- 1 cup fresh yogurt / Curd
- 2 cups of cold water
- 1 piece green chili
- 1 tsp chaat masala
- 2 tsp cumin powder/jeera powder
- a handful of chopped coriander leaves/cilantro
- Salt as per taste2-3 ice cubes optional
- Fresh mint leaves and coriander for garnish
- Add all the above ingredients into a blender and blend it till smooth and frothy.
- Now pour this masala Chaas into serving glasses, garnish with fresh coriander mint leaves, sprinkle a dash of cumin powder, and serve it chilled.