Spoonful of Chutney—Best Drink for a Hot Day

By: Shreya Suresh

With colder days round the corner, enjoy the last of the summer with the perfect drink to cool you off! Indian buttermilk, also called chaas, is a refreshing option especially after a large meal and best of all, is easy to whip up!

Homemade chaas doesn’t require elaborate preparation. All you need is:

  • One and a half cups of yogurt
  • One cup of water
  • A few ice cubes
  • Asafetida powder (native to Iran and available at Whole Foods)
  • Salt (black salt tastes better, but regular salt works too)
  • A few coriander or mint leaves (I prefer mint)

Blend the yogurt, water and ice cubes together. In my experience, a watered-down version of chaas always seems to do wonders for me if I have an upset stomach, so sometimes I like to blend in more water too. Add half a teaspoon of salt and a pinch of asafetida powder. Add mint or coriander leaves to garnish.

Picture by Maps of India

Picture by Maps of India

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