I spent most of childhood in North India, where we used to enjoy almost all the seasons, be it summer, autumn, spring or winter. If summer means more of Milkshakes, Chaas, Jaljeera, Mango shakes, ice-creams and so on then winter had all kind of soups. Any visit to Guajrati tradition of food, salted Chaach or Chaas would be served before a thali meal, same way you will be welcomed by Jaljeera in Rajasthani food joints. Chaas or Buttermilk is an ideal drink for summers. Chaach is basically flavoured with roasted cumin powder along with black salt. Although there are many versions of Chaas like Masala Chaach /Spicy Buttermilk, Pudina Chaas but I prefer this Salted Chaas. The difference between Salted Chaach and Lassi is that, Lassi is made out of thick curd and the thick butter that floats on top is added. Whereas Chaas is more diluted with chilled water.
I have been asked many a times from foreign friends that what is a buttermilk? I have answered essentially it’s a byproduct of yogurt separated from milk. This is a must have in Indian summer as it cools down the body and provides much needed calmness to it. Trust me in summer time the heat could dehydrate and sap your body from fluids which could make you seriously drained. Just a glassful of chaas or buttermilk and you are re renergized and good to fight back to the ruthless sun.
Another benefit of chaas is that it acts as a digestive in summer and keeps stomach cool and healthy. It not only removes toxins from the body but also cool down the system. You could add garnishing like mint or coriander leaves to make it according to your taste. Can’t think of any drink healthier than this. So engage your children this summer vacation by asking them to prepare this super easy summer drink which is also good for digestion !
2 cups Yogurt
1 cup Chilled water
1 tsp Roasted Cumin powder
1 tsp Black Salt or adjust it according to your taste
1 tbsp Chopped fresh Coriander leaves
Few Ice cubes
Combine all the above ingredients in a large bowl except Coriander leaves and with the help of a beater beat until its frothy. Now add in the coriander leaves and ice cubes. Serve in 2 large glasses or small 4 glasses. Garnish with roasted cumin powder and enjoy this refreshing summer drink !