Monday, 19 October 2015

Chhas (Spiced Buttermilk)

Chhas - Spiced Buttermilk
As the western world brings out its woollies, enjoys fall and prepares for winter, we in the east are back to hot and humid days, and are waiting for November to set in soon.

The heat is quite bad in most parts of our country and I regularly hydrate myself and my toddler with water, lime juice, orange juice and spiced buttermilk or chaas as we call it here in India.

In the olden days when life was great, people had lots of time on hands, grew their own food, and milked their own cows, The women folk would spend hours on end churning heavy cream to produce butter and the residual liquid at the end of this churning is what is actually known as buttermilk.

However as civilization got more civil, all common sense was eluded and what was left, was a new quick and easy method to make butter milk which is what is widely used today by home chefs and commercial producers alike.

So today I present to you a cheats version of this delectable beverage, made by diluting yogurt with water and adding some refreshing spices and condiments. This is then consumed both as an appetizer before meals and a digestive post meals.

When consumed as an appetiser, four parts water to one part curd are used, and when consumed as a digestive the ratio of yogurt is increased.

Chhas is my absolute favourite beverage, especially given our tropical clime, and I have spent many a summer with my bestie in tow at our neighborhood dairy devouring this cooling concoction.

Heres the recipe...
Makes : 2 glasses

You will need:

1 cup (250 gms) plain yogurt
400 mls water
1/2 tsp rock salt
1/4 inch fresh ginger (finely chopped)
1/4 tsp dry mango powder (optional)
1 no green chilly (chopped)
1 tsp cilantro leaves (chopped)
1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
Few springs of mint leaves for garnish


- Muddle all the above ingredients in a tall glass with the back of a wooden spoon.

- Now add in the yogurt and mix it with the dry ingredients to form a paste.

- Now slowly add in water incorporating it with the yogurt mix as you add it in.

- Garnish with cumin powder, cilantro leaves and mint leaves



  1. Keep up the Good work pari! Chas ia a regular feature of our home, my Mom's favourite... But goota try this version with black salt n dry mango powder!

    1. Chhas is had all across the country. Give my love to aunty. Try it babe.


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