Friday, 27 May 2011

Buttermilk - Infused With Spice & Herbs

 Traditionally , buttermilk is the liquid left behind after churning thick curd which lead to breaking down the curd into butter and liquid , the liquid know as buttermilk . The traditional buttermilkk  is sour in taste .Ideally buttermilk is made and kept in an earthen vessels , however I guess that's not always possible , so use a jug or bowl .

Today buttermilk as we now know it , is a blend of yogurt and water . Depending upon how thick you want your drink to be , you vary the water content . Every home has their own version of butter milk .If you like it sweet add sugar , if not you can have it salty , plain or infused with spice and herbs - which is the recipe I am sharing today , and the only way I drink my lassi .

Ingredients :
1 mug thick curd
2 1/2 to 3 mugs water .
Salt and pepper to taste .
Mix the above well .

Add to the buttermilk :
1-2 sprigs of curry leaves .
3-4 whole green chillies with slits in them.
1" piece of ginger cut like match sticks .

Refrigerate overnight , and drink through the next day or two , straining the buttermilk and leaving the fresh ingredients in the bowl to continue flavoring the balance .
By allowing the curry leaves , green chillies ginger to ' marinade ' the buttermilk , all their beautiful flavors are infused into the buttermilk and you end up with a heavenly drink ! If you don't have access to curry leaves use can substitute them with fresh coriander .

A large bowl of this buttermilk lies in my fridge at all times , the flavors get better after 24 hours .

Buttermilk is a very healthy heat buster option  and acts as an astringent. Due to this property butter milk helps in reducing  acne and pimples. According to Ayurveda it reduces bloating of stomach, eases symptoms of hemorrhoids, soothes intestines in IBS and helps in indigestion. 
Also detoxifies body and cleanses the intestines, relieves constipation and helps to replenish intestinal flora. It has less fat compared to milk and is rich in calcium, potassium and vit B12.milk and is rich in calcium, potassium and vit B12.
Ginger is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
Green chilies have an amazing amount of nutritional value - too long to list here , but check out 

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  1. ok i am on your blog, showing my face - and btw, i have been here before and will so do more often :))


  2. Aseem ! Welcome , now I promise no threats of Chinese Van food when you come home next !