Cold Spiced Buttermilk Drink with Cucumber

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on August 25, 2010

Spiced, salted buttermilk drink, also called mor, sambaram, majjige or chaas, is a popular thirst quencher in India. At its humblest form, this drink can simply be buttermilk served with a pinch of salt. I’ve added a little twist by using some refreshing, crunchy bits of cucumber in this recipe. With all the ginger, cumin and asafoetida in this drink, its also a great digestive.

If you dont have buttermilk, you could use 1 part yogurt and 1 part water. Or just thin out yogurt to your liking.

Similar spiced buttermilk recipes:

Sambharam, majjige or mor recipe on Edible Garden
Spiced buttermilk recipe on Vegetable Platter
Majjiga or salted yogurt drink recipe on Sailu’s Kitchen
Spicy buttermilk on Aayis Recipes

Spiced Buttermilk Drink with Cucumber (chaas, mor, moru, majjige, sambaram) Recipe

serves about 2

2 cups buttermilk (or 1 cup yogurt diluted with 1 cup water)
1/8th teaspoon cumin  seeds
4-6 curry leaves
1 teaspoon sized knob of ginger, peeled
1 small green chilli or according to taste, optional
2 sprigs of cilantro
a pinch of asafoetida
salt

2 tablespoons finely chopped cucumber

Pour the buttermilk into a bowl and set aside. In a mortar and pestle, roughly pound the cumin seeds, curry leaf, ginger, chilli, cilantro and asafoetida. Add the pounded spices to the buttermilk and add salt. Stir well. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour so the flavors marry. Strain before serving and garnish with chopped cucumbers.

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Comments

comments

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 aipi August 25, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Ahh.. that’s a thirst quencher..BEAUTIFUL!!!!

[Reply]

Reply

2 Radhika August 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Love those jars. And I can become little greedy and drink them all.

[Reply]

Reply

3 Latha August 25, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Love it!!!!

[Reply]

Reply

4 Prerna@IndianSimmer August 25, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Wow! love that wooden board in th etop picture. I’ve been searching trash cans and disposable areas for such a board :-( Where did you get that from?

[Reply]

Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

trust me, i do a lot of trash digging for props too!! you can get these wooden crates in all the stores. This one is from my local arts & crafts store (Michaels). If you go to the back or loading area of most stores they will have them. Ask the store manager if they throw the crates away; if they do, they will be more than happy to let you take a few.

[Reply]

Reply

5 Nithya August 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Simply superb. love butter milk and mom used to add chopped raw mangoes to it along with cucumber. Classic clicks as usual :)

[Reply]

Reply

6 Ria August 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Ah! I love morum vellam :) That’s how we call it at home .

Beautiful beautiful pictures, Sala! Loved those jars and basket! I have a similar one, but it’s plain brown in colour.

[Reply]

Reply

7 Viswa August 25, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Love the koodai!!

Yummo!

[Reply]

Reply

8 Manasi August 25, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Gulp! Gulp! Aaaaaahhhhhhhhh!
This beats all sodas! Good ol’ Indian chass!

[Reply]

Reply

9 satya August 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm

wow ,i can have this spiced butter milk anytime …yummy
Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

[Reply]

Reply

10 Shabitha Karthikeyan August 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Wow love the jars !!! My favorite drink ..Refreshing pics !!!

[Reply]

Reply

11 pavithra August 25, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I too add chopped cucumbers and raw mango for the spiced buttermilk.. Spiced buttermilk is the best thirst quencher forever. Seeing the pictures makes me thirsty now and wish I can have the jar by myside.

[Reply]

Reply

12 Swathi August 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Mooru vellam looks delicious. Nice props.

[Reply]

Reply

13 Asha@FSK August 25, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Ah! nature’s best thirst quencher!!! Mor! :) ))

[Reply]

Reply

14 Soma August 25, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Love the pictures! I am not a very big fan of the chaas, but I really could use some in this heat.

[Reply]

Reply

15 Chetana August 25, 2010 at 11:49 pm

How good is tat….I prefer tis nytime to aerated drinks.
Sala ur pics as usual r soo beautiful…love ur perceptions, u make de simplest things amazing….No doubt u r my photography queen……

[Reply]

Reply

16 Sharmilee August 26, 2010 at 12:13 am

Creamy buttermilk – its my fav…looks too tempting

[Reply]

Reply

17 shanthi August 26, 2010 at 6:06 am

Simply superb.

[Reply]

Reply

18 Deesha August 26, 2010 at 6:06 am

I soo want to drink all of that … adding chopped cucumber is such a cool idea … N I loved the colorful basket & the pics are super awesome :)

[Reply]

Reply

19 Sandhya August 26, 2010 at 6:06 am

Cutie jars… and I can finish all of them if u dont mind !!

[Reply]

Reply

20 Hulya August 26, 2010 at 6:07 am

It’s very good taste, this recipe is belonging to Turkish Food. We made with yogurt. It’s orginal name is “cacik”.

Loves from Istanbul/Turkey
Hulya

[Reply]

Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

When we visited, I saw huge vats of frothy cacik buttermilk being sold all over Turkey :)

[Reply]

Hulya Reply:

Its name “ayran”, like buttermilk ;)
(yogurt+water mixed=ayran” )

[Reply]

Reply

21 Xiaolu August 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm

So simple and refreshing. My best friend has told me about a similar drink and now I have a recipe to try out. Thanks, Sala!

[Reply]

Reply

22 Cynthia August 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I’ve heard a lot about chaas but never had it. Sounds very cooling and refreshing. And the clicks – beeeee-u-teeeee-ful! :0

[Reply]

Reply

23 Cynthia August 26, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Hey, that was meant to be a smiley :)

[Reply]

Reply

24 Mika August 27, 2010 at 7:44 am

I found buttermilk here in germany so now I can try this kind of drink I saw so many times…

[Reply]

Reply

25 nags August 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm

the beauty of simplicity :)

[Reply]

Reply

26 Sig August 29, 2010 at 5:39 am

I love your pics Sala… and those jars are so darn cute.

[Reply]

Reply

27 Raks August 29, 2010 at 5:39 am

Wish I have a glass of this chilled buttermilk now!! Love the rustic background in the pictures!

[Reply]

Reply

28 Saee Koranne-Khandekar August 29, 2010 at 11:05 am

Hey, this is my first time here (thanks to Nags) and allow me to say that I’m in LOVE with your blog! Love the writing, love the pictures! (Btw, I could gulp that drink down RIGHT now–and it’s 23:55 as I write this!)

[Reply]

Reply

Leave a Comment

Comment using OpenID

Page 1 of 11

Previous post:

Next post: