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.