Masala Chaas is a Classic Summer Indian Drink made with Yogurt (Dahi) and spiced up with flavourful roasted Cumin Seed Powder and Chaat Masala. It is a salty version of the sweeter version (Lassi). In India Chaas is also known as Buttermilk, and due to hot Indian climate, it is consumed almost throughout the year with meals. Some people drink it on its own as a beverage.
As per traditional way of making chaas, It contains raw milk, cream (malai) or yogurt which is blended manually in a pot with an instrument called madhani (whipper). If using milk or cream, the butter which comes on top is filtered with a piece of cloth, and the remaining milk-based liquid which is left is known as chhaas or buttermilk. It is the old method which our ancestors used to use.
Now a days, we take a good yogurt, spiced up with flavours ginger, cumin and spices, blend in an electronic mixer, chill and have it. In my house, chaas is a regular drink during summers. I generally do several variations in my home-made chaas. Sometimes I make this masala chaas by adding one more ingredient and that is Pudina Leaves (Mint). Curd/ Dahi/ Yogurt and mint (pudina) are body coolants and so their combination would double the cooling properties in this traditional drink. North Indians and South Indians makes this buttermilk in their own style.
Curd/ Dahi/ Yogurt and mint (pudina) are body coolants and so their combination would double the cooling properties. It is good to note that chaas also aids in digestion.
Chaas is also a street food and in many Indian cities you will find vendors selling this spiced buttermilk, especially in the hot summers. No one can stop with just one glass of this tantalizing version of buttermilk. The main spice which brings a tremendous taste to refresh this drink is cumin seed powder, hence it reserves a special place. Try it in your home and serve this refreshing drink on hot summer afternoons and watch your family’s energy levels rise instantly. It is good to note that chaas also aids in digestion. However, remember this is more of a day-drink.
How to make Masala Chaas Recipe:
- For Gujarati’s Chaas makes a delicious accompaniment for handvo.
- You can add normal water while blending it and then mix few ice cubes for serving immediately.