Friday, March 20, 2009


Summer is in and so are the coolers. Here I am sharing my way of making the easiest and the most common one of them all, Buttermilk. Actually it is also one of the healthiest of all coolers. Just imagine going out in the Indian summer and coming back home to a chilled glass of buttermilk. Seems like a boon.

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 cups chilled water
  • 1 tsp ginger (grated)
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1 dry red chili (broken into 3 pices)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves – 2 tbsp to garnish


  • Whisk the Yogurt add water to it and stir.
  • Add ginger, salt and set it aside
  • Tempering: Heat oil in a skillet add mustard, curry leaves and red chillies once they begin to splutter add asafoetida/hing .
  • Pour the tempering into the buttermilk mixture and stir well.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve chilled.
There are a lot more variations you can try in flavouring the buttermilk. Here's another one which I like;

Grind coriander leaves, green chillies, ginger, garlic into a fine paste and add it to the buttermilk. The tempering remains the same excluding the red chillies, as we are using green chillies in the ground paste. Add salt to taste, stir well and Masala Buttermilk is ready to be served. Feel free to share your ideas too!


Varunavi said...

yummy buttermilk.Adding red chilly powder is new to me.

Chitra said...

I love masala milk,will try it out :)Nice ,useful post for summer:)

Asha said...

Sounds good. We still have to wait 3 months for summer here, will save this!

Suparna said...

Hi varunavi,
It's whole red chillies dear :)
Thanks for the visit and comment.

Asha, Chitra Thanks for the visit and comment.

Akal's Saappadu said...

yummy buttermilk! it reminds me of the market "more" (buttermilk) they sell in India; nice drink for the summer but we have to wait until the end of june for the summer :)

Usha said...

Sounds perfect for summer. Will definitely try when our summer comes around. Looks really yum !

Trupti said...

wow Suparna drink looks very delicious..perfect for summer

Smitha said...

In kerala we call this sambaaram. But we don't use tempering in it.

Namrata Kini said...

Chaas is everyone's favorite at my place. Migele mai mirsaang, aale, meet, hing mixerantun vaatun takkantu ghalta. Yours looks even one step ahead with the tadka.

Cham said...

best way to cool the summer heat!

Suparna said...

Akal,yea! it's a great drink for summer :)
Thanks Usha, Trupti for dropping by :)

Smitha, oic, didn't know abt that. This recipe doesn't belong to any particular cuisine I guess. I learnt it from my Amma.At my Amma's place almost everything gets a tadka ;)

Magal Amma sudai tugal maiegal vari karta, we preffered it with phann, love the taste of it. Mast variety asta, hae ashilentu simple :) Thanks dear for the visit and input.

Cham righto! :) u've said it!
thanks for the visit and comment.

Anonymous said...

Thats totally nostalgic for anyone from kerala..the most intimate drink..

Uma said...

Mouth-watering drink! So cooling and yum! Can please pass me that glass? :)

Thanks for dropping by. You have a nice blog with many yummy recipes.

Preety said...

looks and souds delicious

Varsha Vipins said...

Perfect for a hot humid day Suparna..nice click too..:)

Ashwini said...

My mom used to make this for us during summer..Cool and delicious..

Purva Desai said...

This looks refreshing and soothing....

Suparna said...

Thanks Ann, Varsha,Uma, Preety,Ashwini for ur generous comments.

Hi purva Desai,
Thanks for the visit...ur first vist here :)Hope to see u here more often. I've been to ur blog, lovely gujju recipes.

Superchef said...

this will be jsut so perfect for an indian summer day!

sharada said...

very good refreshing drink to beat the summer heat.
i also add finely chopped mint leaves to it.

Anonymous said...

Hi ...
First time here ...U gt a great blog ...very nice presentation ...Keep up the good work...Butter milk looks yummy



hi Suparna

Butter milk looks yummy. Very nice presentation



I am prathiba from the indian food court. Buttermilk looks so yummy. Nice presentation

Gayathri said...

butter milk, makes me feel refreshed, thanks for sharing the recipe

Suparna said...

Thanks veena, prathiba, Gayathri for ur time and comments, keep coming :)