Delhi is scorching under the June sun and the blistering heat is taking away all the zest for life it seems…phewwww!!! And if this wasn’t enough, the daily chores bore you out.
But cooking yummy food never fails to reinvigorate my soul to keep going. So today’s lunch menu was all South Indian, and I just relish this cuisine to the core. That’s one reason South Indian dishes topped my list when I chose to start honing my culinary skills.
And today, just when I was about to finish preparing lunch, my need to quench my thirst made my mind run through a list of cold summer drinks that I could immediately make. With South Indian food on my mind, what better than a glass of BUTTERMILK. “Mmmmm….Yummy Choice”, my brain said and I got down to making the quick and easy buttermilk, one drink that would make your gut say ‘Thank You!’ after a heavy meal.
Buttermilk is also know by the names of ‘Chhach’, ‘Lassi’, ‘Chaas’, ‘Mattha’, ‘Neer Mor’, etc. all over India.
This summer special drink not only lower’s the body heat, it is an excellent probiotic, great for lactose-intolerant people (as it is made of curd), brilliant for digestion, and packed with nutritional value.
I made the South Indian style Buttermilk, which is a spicy-salty blend of curd, water, green chillis, ginger, curry leaves, coriander powder, black salt and a hint of asafoetida. A tempering of mustard seeds (Rai/Sarson), asafoetida and curry leaves enhances the flavour of Buttermilk aka Neer Mor in South India.
Do try this on a hot summer afternoon and I bet you will relish every sip of it.