Masala Chaas or Indian spiced buttermilk is one of the most preferred refreshing drinks for summer. While cucumber smoothie, thandai, and sol kadhi were my own recipes, this spiced buttermilk recipe is shared by my mother-in-law. My son Devansh and I love curd and eat one bowl each for lunch. For dinner we usually have chaas; if I have to make chaas I keep it simple and add just kala namak (Himalayan black salt) and some jeera powder in it. But once in a while, my husband Kalpesh makes masala chaas using his mom’s recipe, which is so flavorful thanks to the added coriander and mint leaves. This time since my MIL is staying with us, my hubby asked her to make it.
Benefits of Spiced Buttermilk
During summer, we need to keep our body hydrated and buttermilk is a super healthy option for this weather. Not only does it quench our thirst but also provides several health benefits. As we know it helps soothe the stomach and fights acidity. Therefore it is especially recommended after eating spicy food. Buttermilk is a good, natural source of calcium, and it also contains potassium and protein. Coriander, which is added in masala chaas is an excellent source of vitamin A, which is good for eyesight. In addition, it is also a rich source of vitamin C. The vitamins A and C both help strengthen our immune system. Mint leaves help calm the stomach and also help fight against inflammation and indigestion. This Indian beverage also contains powdered cumin seeds, which again are good for digestion.
So instead of reaching for readymade flavored drinks with added color, sugar, and preservatives, make yourself a refreshing chaas. And, if chaas is flavored with healthy coriander, mint leaves, and ginger, it’s even better. 🙂
Steps for Making Masala Chaas
Masala Chaas / Spiced Buttermilk Recipe
- 1 Mixer Grinder
- 1 and half cup curd
- 2 cups water
- 12-14 leaves of mint pudina
- coriander same quantity as milk
- 2 green chilies 1 if chili is dark/hot
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 1/2 tsp roasted cumin seeds powder jeera powder
- 1 large pinch black pepper powder
- salt to taste
- Add water in curd and churn to make buttermilk. (We use cow milk to make curd so we need to use more curd. You can use 1 cup curd if you have sour, thick curd at home.)
- Deseed chilies, chop them, add them in the mixer's jar.
- Add mint leaves and coriander leaves, and blend to make a coarse paste. (Don't chop the coriander or mint leaves before grinding them.)
- Add the paste, grated ginger, jeera powder, black pepper powder, and salt to the buttermilk, and mix well.
- Serve chilled.
- Instead of adding all table salt, you can add half Himalayan black salt (Kala namak) and half table salt.
- You can give masala chaas to toddlers and younger kids by filtering out the masala by using a strainer.
- Use light-colored chili and reduce the quantity of chili and black pepper powder. You can avoid adding them altogether if the toddlers are not used to even mildly spicy food.
- If you don't have enough time to make masala chaas but don't want to have plain buttermilk, you can enhance it's flavour by simply adding homemade chaas masala powder. Click here to view the recipe of chaas masala powder.