Monday, May 7, 2012

Neer Mor | Spiced Buttermilk | Chaas | Majjiga Recipe

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Summer is at its peak and the best way to beat the heat is to rehydrate ourselves with fresh juices,milkshakes,smoothies, mocktails, lassi, buttermilk and tender coconut.On a daily basis I prefer having buttermilk, lassi, tender coconut or fresh juice in the summers while I reserve mocktails,milkshakes and smoothies for guests.It is more of a ritual for me to prepare a big pot of buttermilk in the mornings, all through the summer making it easy for me to grab a glass when ever I want.I am sure that preparing buttermilk is not a big task in any Indian household but still I thought I will record this in my blog in case anyone is not familiar with it.
The most common drinks prepared with curd are Lassi and Chaas(spiced buttermilk).Lassi is a lot creamier and sweeter version where as Chaas is very thin and salted and spicy version and we prefer Chaas over lassi any day.Now talking about the flavors one can be creative to make this simple and humble buttermilk with interesting flavors like mint,coriander,cumin powder,hing,cucumber to make it more refreshing.I have few pointers mentioned under notes for variations and I promise to post another interesting and unique version of butter milk soon.Till then I will leave you with this simple and refreshing drink.
Neer Mor | Spiced Buttermilk Recipe:
(Serves 2)

3/4 cup fresh thick Curds
2-2 1/2 cups water
1 tbsp finely chopped Coriander leaves
few Lemon drops(1/4 tsp),optional
Salt to taste

to grind:
1/2" Ginger,chopped
1/2 Green chilli,chopped
3/4 tsp Cumin seeds,slightly roasted

to temper:
1/3 tsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
a pinch of Cumin seeds
3-4 Curry leaves,finely chopped or 5-6 small tender leaves
a fat pinch of Hing
  • Crush the ginger pieces with green chili and cumin seeds in a mortar pestle to a coarse paste.
  • Churn the curds using the traditional whisk(called as 'kavvam' in telugu) or if you are a lazy person like me you can grind curds with ginger,green chilli and cumin seeds in a mixer.This is faster process and easy to prepare on daily basis.
  • Dilute with water to get the desired consistency.Add enough salt and few lemon drops to it and mix well.
  • Meanwhile heat oil and crackle mustard seeds,cumin seeds and add curry leaves and hing and fry for 10-20 secs and switch off the flame.
  • Pour this tadka to the butter milk mixture and also add coriander leaves and mix well.
  • Keep it refrigerated for 1-2hrs for the flavors to blend better.
Serve it cold.

Serving suggestions:
  1. Serve it in small earthern pots which adds nice taste to the buttermilk.
  2. If you don't like to have tid bits of tempering,you can strain the mixture and serve it.
  3. You can add finely chopped cucumber pieces or grated cucumber to the butter milk before serving.

Minty flavored Buttermilk:
  • You can grind 2 tbsp chopped mint leaves with 1/2" ginger to a coarse paste and add to the churned buttermilk for a refreshing mint flavor and follow the same tempering process.Skip the garnish with coriander leaves.
Cucumber flavored Buttermilk:
  • Grind 1/2 cup grated cucumber with 1 tsp roasted cumin seeds and 2-3 tbsp chopped coriander
  • to a fine paste and add to the churned buttermilk for a refreshing cucumber flavored buttermilk and follow the same tempering process.


Deeksha said...

Nice n refreshing.

Radhika said...

Wonderful clicks that just quenched my thirst.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

refreshing cool drink..beautifully presented

Indian Khana said...

Looking at it now I want to have ...looks refreshing with fab pics ...

Myvegfare said...

Brings back so many memories, Ram navami, My perimma, and summer in Bangalore :), beautiful clicks, Making me nostalgic...absolutely refreshing drink,

Shri said...

This is a perfect thirst quencher for the summer.

Priya Suresh said...

Wat a healthy,prefect and refreshing drink..

Satya said...

superb clicks...majjiga looks very tempting..
Super Yummy Recipes

Raks said...

all time favorite and I can have it anytime! Perfect for summer

Unknown said...

Refreshing drink, apt for this season!

Unknown said...

Perfect drink for this the clicks.

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Perfect thirst quencher and nicely presented too.

Archana said...

Perfect! Just what we all crave for. I do not know if its me but some of your pictures are not visible. i have tried repeatedly refreshing. Please check.

FewMinute Wonders said...

Very refreshing clicks. Its getting so warm here,makes me want to have some mor.

M D said...

Nice and refreshing cool drink for the summers ... lovely pics beautifully presented

Kannada Cuisine said...

Thanda thanda cool cool..

Suja Manoj said...

Love the clicks..perfect and refreshing..

Sobha Shyam said...

refreshing drink for summer..nice presentation as always :)

Nupur said...

Humble drink, fab clicks.. love the earthen pots..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovey click... yummy!

Lakshmi said...

I have not tried cucumber flavored majjiga. I will definitely try it out.

Sravs said...

Wonderful thrist quencher for this summer !! lovely pots !!

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Unknown said...

So refreshing, roasted cumin sounds great! I am still waiting for the summer here, so this will have to wait a while :-).

Aruna Manikandan said...

nice refreshing drink, perfect for this climate :)

anjana said...

very refreshing and tempting drink..great to have this summer..

dassana said...

nice cute clicks pratibha. i too make chaas like this. a nice cooling drink for the summers.

Shobha Kamath said...

Ideal drink for the summer! Beautifully presented too!

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Looks so refreshing. The clicks are superb.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Perfect thrist quencher for this weather and all time fav one :)

Chitra said...

Love to try masala mor .. Bookmarked..

Sanjeeta kk said...

Perfect summer drink!

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