Sunday, April 10, 2016

PUDINA CHAAS (MINTY BUTTERMILK)


PUDINA CHAAS (MINTY BUTTERMILK)

With the summer temperatures soaring all over India, this is the time for us to have lots of liquids to beat the heat. This Minty Buttermilk scores in many ways. Firstly, buttermilk has been traditionally had in India for generations serving both as an appetizer before the meal and as a digestive after the meal.

Mint has many health benefits and besides having the highest antioxidant capacities of any food, it is good for the digestive system too. Elsewhere in this blog you will find the recipe for Mint & Lemon Juice. 

I have been making this for decades and am happy to recommend this to you as a truly refreshing drink, especially for the summers. You can modify the salt and spice content to suit your individual taste. It is advisable that you use fresh curds to get the best out of this healthy, tasty, and refreshing drink.



Ingredients:
  • Pudina (Mint Leaves), chopped, 1/4 cup
  • Dahi, (Curds), 1 cup
  • Jeera Powder, (Cumin Seeds Powder), 1 tsp
  • Green Chilli, 1, or to taste 
  • Kala Namak (Black Salt), 1/4 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Chilled Water, 1 and 1/2 cups
  • Pudina (Mint Leaves), a few, for garnish
Method:

Make a paste of the Green Chilli (adjust quantity as per taste)
In a mixer, add the dahi, green chilli paste, chopped pudina, jeera powder, kala namak, and salt to taste
Blend them well together till you get a frothy mixture
Next add the chilled water and blend for 1 more minute
Transfer to individual glasses or earthenware khullads
Garnish with pudina and serve chilled