Also Known As
Chaas, Moru, Chaanch, Taak, Tak
Buttermilk is a cold and refreshing beverage on a hot Indian summer's day. It cools the body, nourishes the soul and drives away the heat. Thin, pale and more acidic than conventional milk, what makes this drink a cherished family favourite, is buttermilk's ethereal blend of rock salt, spices, masalas and ginger. The tartness or sour taste is due to the lactic acid present in milk. When cream is churned and butter produced, the after liquid formed is called buttermilk.
Diluting and whisking curds with salt and cumin/jeera powder and seasoning it with mustard seeds and curry leaves is delicious and extremely easy to make. Tetra packs are available with flavourings such as plain buttermilk, or spiced with the above mentioned seasonings.
How to select
• If the tetrapak is puffed, chances are the product's expired.
• It's important to examine the label before purchase as it is a perishable product.
• If having it fresh at home ensure that the curd used is not very sour.
• Pancakes, dhoklas, cakes and dosas get a fantastic rise when buttermilk is included in the recipe, due its high alkaline content.
• Besan or chickpea flour, with spices and buttermilk make for a choice accompaniment when served with rice. Locally this is known as kadhi chawal.
• Making upma with buttermilk is as healthy as it is delicious.
How to store
• Room temperature sours the buttermilk.
• Ideally the best place to store it is in the fridge.
• Buttermilk is excellent for digestion.
• Buttermilk is lower in fat and calories than regular milk because the fat from buttermilk has already been removed to make butter.
• Easily digestible in comparison to whole milk, it also contains more lactic acid than skim milk. Thus, those with digestive problems are often advised to drink buttermilk rather than milk.
• High in protein, riboflavin, potassium, vitamin B12, protein and calcium.
• Your body absorbs and reacts better to buttermilk as it is easily digestible.
• It detoxifies the body and cleanses the intestines.
• It relieves people suffering from constipation.
• It is a healthy dink for people who suffer from piles and obesity.