Masala Chaas / Spiced Butter Milk ….

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Are you back home after a long hot day in the sun? Or had a heavy or spicy meal in ? Well, if this is the situation right now, just grab a glass of buttermilk or chaas to your rescue. Masala Chaas is a refreshing drink made with Yogurt , water and few spices like roasted cumin seeds, mint , green chili , ginger and salt, it is packed with numerous health benefits.
Serves : 2

Ingredients:

Plain Yogurt or curd – 1 cup
Green chili – 1 small, chopped
Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon
Curry leaves 2-4
Mint leaves – 4-6
Ginger – 1/2 inch piece
Black salt – ¾ teaspoon or to taste
Roasted cumin seeds 1tsp
Salt – to taste
Black pepper / Pepper corn – ¾ teaspoon
Chilled water – 2 cups
Ice cubes – few, for serving, optional

Method
Grind together chopped green chilli, roasted cumin powder, chopped coriander leaves, 4 Mint leaves , curry leaves ,chopped ginger & black salt.
Mix thoroughly with whisked yoghurt.
Add in 2 cups of water gradually and continue to mix.
Serve chilled garnished with left over Mint leaves.

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HERE ARE SOME BENEFITS OF YOGURT …

#1 Helps calm the stomach after a spicy meal
Made with yogurt and chilled water , this drink is perfect to soothe the stomach. As you drink it the cool buttermilk tends to wash down the spices and calms an irritated stomach lining. Apart from that the addition of spices like pepper, cumin and other condiments to it relieves the stomach of irritation caused due to spicy foods.

#2 Washes down fats
Did you have a heavy meal? If you feel too full or have eaten too much then drink a small glass of chilled chaas. Buttermilk is very effective in washing down the fat, oil or ghee that normally coats the inner walls of your food pipe and stomach. Apart from this, ginger, pepper and other spices in the chaas help to improve digestion and thus prevent belching.
#3 Aids in digestion
Ginger, pepper and jeera when combined act as an excellent digestive agent. The Carminative Herbs used along with soothing and refreshing properties of buttermilk improve your digestion. So, if you feel a bout of indigestion coming on, try sipping on some chaas for instant relief.
#4 A great tool against dehydration
It has salt, water, yogurt, and spices – all mixed to make a delicious drink. Packed with electrolytes and lots of water, chaas is the best thing you can give your body to fight dehydration. With the sun beating you down during summers, drink a glass of chaas for some much-needed relief.
#5 Combats acidity
Chaas has essential condiments like pepper and ginger that help beat the burning sensation you feel during a bout of acidity. Moreover the chaas cools the stomach and reduces the irritation in the stomach lining due to acid reflux, giving you relief from the discomfort..

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3 comments

  1. You know, if you just keep a pot of fresh yoghurt mixed with ginger and green chilly paste with some salt overnight in the fridge and then make the chaas with it, its yumminess increases manifold. 🙂

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