Mumbai winters are of the 'blink-and-you-miss-it' kind. And we often say that the only season Mumbai has is summer with three months of summer monsoon thrown in. The point being that summer is already in the air and it's barely mid March.
The weather has already reached the summer vacation season level (sigh. vacation!). The levels of mercury are soaring, and so is the humidity. This season comes with decreased appetites and a greater desire for refreshing and thirst-quenching cooling beverages.
|Masala Chaas: Spiced Buttermilk|
There are a wide variety of beverages available - but for me nothing beats the heat like 'aapdi masala chhas' (our spiced buttermilk)! A light drink of cooling yogurt with a hint of spice from ginger, green chilly and cumin.. ah!
Chhas can be served in various ways. In the Gujarati tradition of food, chhas is usually served before a meal as it increases appetite and aids digestion. It can also be had as a refreshing beverage any time of the day. It also forms a good accompaniment for khichdi.
Masala Chaas (Spiced Buttermilk) Recipe
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
2 cups yogurt
4 cups cold water
2 green chillies
1/2 inch piece of ginger
2 tbsps finely chopped corriander leaves
1 tsp cumin powder
Salt to taste
Grind together the chillies and ginger to form a fine paste.
Mix together the yogurt and water in a deep vessel.
Add in the salt, the cumin powder and the ginger and green chilly paste. Blend well with a hand blender.
Now add in the chopped corriander leaves.