This staple Indian summer spiced buttermilk drink is refreshing, delicious, and healthy. Made with buttermilk, spices, and herbs, it takes only 5 minutes to make and can be served after lunch, dinner, or any time of the day.
Spiced buttermilk is a very popular drink in Western India - Gujarati and Rajasthani -households, but also all over India.
Chaas is such a refreshing and cooling drink for summer. It is light and goes well with any Indian meal. It is one of my favorites, along with Mango Lassi to enjoy in summer.
It is very easy to make Chaas, you just need yogurt, along with some herbs and spices. Then you blend them all together along with water and it is ready to enjoy!
What is Chaas?
Chaas is a yogurt based drink, that is good for you - high in vitamins and low in fat. It is categorized as a sattvic food in Ayurveda. The english translation for Chaas would be Spiced Buttermilk.
It is also known by various names throughout India - Sambhaaram, Morum Vellam, Majjige, Chach, Tak, Matha, Near Mor.
Earlier, Chaas was made by churning yogurt with cold water in a large pot. Nowadays people prefer to make chaas in a blender as the churning method takes a longer time to make it. It can be served plain or seasoned with different spices.
Even though Chaas is a simple everyday drink for many, it has numerous health benefits:
- Reduces Acidity
- Fights Constipation
- Cooling Effect
- Helps in detoxification
- High in Vitamins and Nutrients
- Prevents Dehydration
- Reduces blood pressure
Different types of Chaas
Plain Chaas - This simpler version of Chaas is made by mixing water, yogurt, and seasoned with salt. A perfect simple go-to drink.
Boondi Chaas - If you like crunchiness in your drink then you'll love this variation, just add boondi right before serving the Chaas as a garnish.
Masala Chaas with tadka - In this version tempering is added to the Chaas, this is very famous in South India. In Gujarat, it is called Vagharela Chaas. Tempering is made in oil by roasting mustard seeds, curry leaves and hing.
- Yogurt: It is the main ingredient of the drink. I make yogurt in Instant pot. It is easily available in grocery stores as well. You want to use plain yogurt to make Chaas. I prefer to use whole milk yogurt.
- Chilled Water
- Spices: You will need Ginger, Green Chili, Salt, Chaat Masala and Roasted Cumin Powder.
- Cilantro Leaves
- Mint Leaves
How to Make Chaas?
In a blender add the ingredients (skip green chili if you don't want it spicy). Blend them well.
Make sure there are no lumps.
Pour into a glass and garnish it with mint leaves and sprinkle some roasted cumin.
Serve immediately or refrigerate to chill the chaas for few hours.
Note: Chaas tastes best when served chilled.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, it is. It is just an English word for Chaas. You will find Chaas to be thinner consistency that store-bought buttermilk.
Yes, you can. It is good for the body, and has numerous health benefits. Especially during summers, it helps you to beat the heat. The best time to drink Chaas is after a meal, as it aids digestion.
Yes, you can. Having a glass of Chaas helps improve digestion. But if you have a pollen allergy or cold, you must avoid drinking at night.
Yes, you can. Refrigerate - it will be good for up to 2 days.
Here are some more beverages you might enjoy:
Masala Chaas (Indian Spiced Buttermilk)
- In a blender add the ingredients.
- Blend them well. Make sure there are no lumps.
- Pour it into the glass and garnish it with mint leaves and sprinkle roasted cumin.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate to chill the chaas for few hours. Chaas tastes best when served chilled.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.