I have very low tolerance for heat & thankfully this summer has not been very hot here. The rains have been making an appearance every now & then much to our delight. The last couple of days have been very warm here. The sun is at its peak in the afternoons & even a small trip to the grocery store has been a sweaty affair
During Summer, I usually make a large batch of Spiced Buttermilk & chill it in the fridge. It is usually my post lunch & post dinner drink. Or when guests drop by, they are more than happy when a glass of chill buttermilk is offered
In a large vessel, add 1 part water & 1 part yogurt. Mix well with a whisk & set aside. You can also blend it in a blender for about 30 seconds.
In a mortar & pestle, coarsely grind the green chilies, curry leaves, ginger & cumin. Add it to buttermilk along with some salt & a bit of asafoetida, Let it rest for about 10 minutes or longer. Strain & pour into glasses.
Before serving, sprinkle a pinch of chaat & garish with fresh chopped coriander
You can also grind the Masala into a paste instead of pounding it in a mortar & pestle but I prefer the previous method & the ground paste changes the buttermilk into a greenish hue & I prefer White looking buttermilk :) So much better than reaching out for a bottle of Cola .. Try it !!