What is Buttermilk?
In long dry Indian summers, Buttermilk is the ideal companion for you. Also known as the Indian Masala Chaas
, Buttermilk is a light and refreshing beverage. It is made with spice, water, and yogurt, which makes it good for your health. This beverage is liked by children and old people alike. And there is a good reason for that; not only is it super tasty, but it also improves your digestion.
Knowing how to make Buttermilk should be declared a law in the Indian summers! And if you want to abide by that law, we have written down an easy-to-make Buttermilk recipe for you. It’s a few-step simple recipe that doesn’t require special ingredients.
Along with making Buttermilk, you should also know its nutrition and benefits as you are going to consume a lot of it, once you know how to make Buttermilk. Read on!
How to Make Buttermilk
Before jumping straight to the Buttermilk recipe, let’s see what ingredients are going to need for making Buttermilk:
1 cup plain yogurt
2 cups cold water
1 green chili
1/2 inch ginger
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1/2 tbsp cumin powder
1/2 tbsp black salt
1/4 tbsp salt or to taste
1/4 tbsp chat masala
Cilantro for garnish
Now that you have prepared all the ingredients in your kitchen, now comes the time to make Buttermilk. Here are the steps:
Add plain yogurt, cold water, green chili, ginger, chopped cilantro, cumin powder, black salt, table salt, and chat masala to a blender.
Blend all the ingredients well.
Pour the homemade Buttermilk into a serving glass and garnish with mint.
Add some ice cubes and it is ready to be served.
If you want to increase your weight, you can try Dry Fruit Lassi
. The recipe of this lassi is somewhat similar to making Buttermilk. Just remove all the spices and add dry fruit after blending yogurt in water.
Nutrition Value of Buttermilk
You should know everything about the food that goes into your tummy, even it’s something like Buttermilk. There is nothing scary about it, but the nutrition value of any food will help you decide the amount that you should consume. Refer to the nutritional value for the recipe above to know about it.
Types of Buttermilk
By now, you know how to make Buttermilk. But do you know that there are various types of Buttermilk? Yes, there are many. Four types, to be precise. These types are mainly differentiated based on the yogurt from which you make Buttermilk. There are no different names of these types but knowing them will help you in choosing which type to make for different use of Buttermilk. Here are the types:
The first type is when you make Buttermilk from natural yogurt with no tampering of fats or composition.
This Buttermilk is made with full cream yogurt with added sugar in it. The main use of Buttermilk is calming the digestive tract and this type of Buttermilk is very efficient at that.
This type of Buttermilk with yogurt with no cream. It is good for people who suffer from diabetes and people who want to lose weight.
This last type is made with a half proportion of yogurt and the other half of water. It is also very effective in improving your digestion.
Goodness of Buttermilk
Health benefits are the additional freebies that you get by drinking Buttermilk. And guess, there is not just one but a lot of freebies. Here is the list of the most important health benefits of drinking Buttermilk:
Provides Essential Nutrients: Buttermilk contains almost all of the nutritive elements that are essential for the human body. As we have already mentioned above in the nutrition section, this beverage contains proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, and whatnot. One glass of Buttermilk acts as a complete meal. So, when on travel or whenever having a bad stomach, just gulp down a glass of Buttermilk and you are good to go.
Washes Down All the Oily Food: Try having a glass, or even half glass, of Buttermilk whenever you feel bloated after having an extra-heavy meal. It will instantly make you feel lighter. The spices - cumin, ginger, coriander, and others- help in improving your digestion and washing down all the oily food that you were not able to do earlier.
Treats Stomach Problems: Buttermilk contains acid that can help in killing various kinds of bacteria and clearing your stomach. The spices that are added in Buttermilk are also good digestive agents, especially cumin, pepper, and ginger. These condiments are called carminative substances as they can expel gases from your body. When consumed together, these ingredients can create a cooling effect on your stomach.
Hydrates Your Body Efficiently: Whenever you feel dehydrated, just remember the name of Buttermilk. It is very effective against dehydration since it is made from yogurt and a lot of water. It contains electrolytes in large amounts which helps in retaining water and fighting against the heat. That is why it is considered the perfect drink to be relished in summers. When you come from outside, or after having exercise, drink plenty of Buttermilk and your body will be ready for another round.
Provide Calcium (Without Fats): We have already explained the nutrition of Buttermilk, then why are we mentioning it again. Well, there is a good reason for it. Buttermilk provides you calcium without the fat, which is rare to be seen in food items. It is good for people who are lactose intolerant and can not drink milk, which is a major source of calcium for most people.
Other Beverages To Try
If you didn’t know how to make Buttermilk, chances are that you also don’t know about many Indian beverages that are worth tasting, just like the Buttermilk. Here is the list:
Try Badam Thandai
once if you enjoyed Buttermilk at home in the summers.
If you are drinking Buttermilk for improving your digestion, you can also try Digestive Tea
Giving a ton of health benefits, Turmeric Latte
is also worth try.