Refreshing Summer Delight: Homemade Masala Chaas
Buttermilk is a refreshing and healthy drink made with yogurt or curd. It is commonly prepared during hot summer days to provide a cooling effect and reduce body temperature. This spiced buttermilk recipe is a flavorful variation of the classic drink. It is often served after meals to aid digestion and soothe the palate, especially when consumed with spicy food.
Amidst the scorching heat of summer, there’s nothing quite like the revitalizing sip of Masala Chaas or Indian spiced buttermilk. As temperatures rise, I find solace in this traditional and refreshing drink. While I’ve shared my own cucumber smoothie, thandai, and sol kadhi recipes, the credit for this spiced buttermilk delight goes to my mother-in-law. With my son Devansh and I being ardent curd enthusiasts, lunchtime is often accompanied by a bowl of curd. However, come dinner, our go-to is chaas – a light, flavorful option. While I usually keep it simple with kala namak (Himalayan black salt) and a sprinkle of jeera powder, my husband Kalpesh occasionally treats us to his mom’s special masala chaas, bursting with the flavors of coriander and mint leaves. On this particular occasion, with my mother-in-law staying with us, my husband seized the opportunity to request her expertise in crafting this delicious drink.
If you’re looking to make this delicious beverage, I can guide you through the step-by-step process with detailed photos.
Benefits of Masala Chaas
The sweltering summer months call for constant hydration, and that’s where masala chaas comes to the rescue. Not only does it quench our thirst, but it also offers a plethora of health benefits. This delightful concoction is known for its stomach-soothing properties, making it an excellent choice after indulging in spicy dishes. Buttermilk, the base of masala chaas, is a natural probiotic, promoting a healthy gut and aiding digestion. Its cooling effect on the body provides relief from the heat, making it an ideal choice during the scorching months.
The infusion of coriander in masala chaas enhances its nutritional profile by providing a healthy dose of vitamin A and C. These vitamins work together to bolster our immune system and maintain good eyesight. Mint leaves, another key ingredient, work wonders in settling the stomach, reducing inflammation, and aiding digestion. The addition of powdered cumin seeds further promotes digestive health, making this beverage an all-around summer superhero. So all in all, masala chaas had after meals commonly helps with digestion and to lower the spice heat. The whole purpose of serving buttermilk after meals is to aid in digestion and to balance the spiciness of the food.
Ingredients for Indian Spiced Buttermilk
The ingredients used in masala chaas contribute to its unique and refreshing taste, as well as its health benefits. Here are the key components that make up this invigorating drink:
- Mint: Mint leaves not only add a refreshing flavor to the chaas but also aid in digestion and help cool down the body.
- Coriander: Coriander leaves are rich in vitamins and add a burst of freshness to the drink, enhancing its nutritional value.
- Cumin Seeds: The addition of roasted cumin seeds powder not only adds a subtle nutty flavor but also aids in digestion.
- Ginger: Grated ginger lends a hint of spiciness to the chaas and is known for its anti-inflammatory and digestive properties.
- Black Pepper: A pinch of black pepper powder adds a touch of warmth and enhances the overall flavor of the buttermilk.
- Chilies: Green chilies contribute a mild spiciness to the drink, and they also have metabolism-boosting properties.
Opting for Health Over Commercial Drinks
As the temperature soars, it’s tempting to reach for sugary and artificially flavored commercial drinks. However, I’ve learned to prioritize my well-being by opting for homemade masala chaas instead. Enriched with the goodness of coriander, mint leaves, and a hint of ginger, this drink not only quenches my thirst but also revitalizes my senses. It’s a wholesome alternative to store-bought beverages laden with additives and preservatives. A glass of homemade masala chaas offers the perfect blend of spices and the cooling properties of buttermilk, making it the ultimate summer refreshment.
In a season where staying hydrated is paramount, the humble masala chaas shines as a delicious and healthful companion. With a medley of flavors and nutrients, this traditional Indian beverage serves as a reminder that the best refreshments are often those crafted right at home. So, as I take a sip of my homemade masala chaas, I relish in the fact that this summer, I’m making a choice that not only quenches my thirst but also fuels my body with goodness.
What is the best time to have Masala Chaas?
The ideal time to have masala chaas is versatile and depends on personal preferences. However, it is commonly enjoyed:
- During Hot Weather: Masala chaas is particularly refreshing in hot weather. Its cooling properties make it a perfect beverage to beat the heat.
- Post-Meals: Many people prefer to have masala chaas after meals. The spices in it, like cumin and mint, can aid in digestion.
- Midday Energy Boost: Masala chaas can be consumed in the afternoon as a natural energy booster, offering a healthier alternative to caffeinated drinks.
- As a Snack Accompaniment: It pairs well with snacks, enhancing the overall snacking experience. The tangy and spiced flavor complements various snack choices.
- Pre-Workout: It can also be consumed before a workout as a hydrating and light option, providing essential electrolytes.
Ultimately, the ideal time for masala chaas is subjective, and individuals may find it enjoyable at different points throughout the day based on their preferences and lifestyle.
Step by Step Recipe: 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.
As the temperatures rise and the sun beats down, the soul-soothing sip of homemade masala chaas becomes a welcome respite. This Indian spiced buttermilk, with its vibrant blend of flavors, not only quenches thirst but also provides a myriad of health benefits. From aiding digestion to boosting the immune system, each ingredient plays its part in creating a harmonious dance of taste and well-being. So, whether enjoyed during a leisurely meal or sipped between tasks, masala chaas is a reminder that sometimes the most satisfying refreshments are the ones made right in your kitchen. So, raise a glass of this invigorating elixir and let its goodness wash over you, sip by sip.