What can be so refreshing and soothing on a hot day? Well, it is none other than our good old buttermilk aka MOR (in Tamil) or Chaas (in Hindi). Any time of the day, you can drink. This not only quenches your thirst, but also cools you down on a hot day. Make this ahead, pour in a transportable container and could take it to your work or picnic or even when you go to park with your kids. It gives you energy while making you feel cool and satisfied. Many times I have packed the buttermilk for us when we go out and it is my husband's favorite drink to go during summer!
You can even make this adding just salt and water to yogurt and blending it or by mixing with spoon too. It tastes great prepared in any method. Whether you make it leisurely or in a hurry, it always tastes delicious.
Here is my preferred way to make this special soothing buttermilk to keep me and my family cool.
Yogurt - 2 cups, plain (refrigerated)
Water - 2 cups
Salt - 1/2 tbsp
Cilantro 2 tsp
Curry leaf - 1 sprig, torn
Green chilli - 1, thinly sliced
Lemon juice - 1/2 tbsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Blend together yogurt, water, salt and lemon juice for 30 sec. Pour it in a bowl. Add rest of the ingredients, mix, pour and enjoy! What can be more simple than this?
The flavor, aroma from curry leaves and cilantro......it is like a trip to heaven!
You can add ice cubes if needed.
Addition of black salt or crushed and powdered cumin also gives a different flavor to the buttermilk.