South Indians cannot do without Summer Drinks like Buttermilk or Moringa Masala Buttermilk all throughout the year as we live in a really hot land. We have only two seasons here; summer and more summer! It is a staple in almost every meal and if it is not Buttermilk or Majjiga then curds or yoghurt is a must to cool down the system. Many just churn curds and water and drink it bland but most at home have a spiced or masala buttermilk which is doubly cooling and thirst quenching.
Masala Buttermilk is easy to make and you can add and remove ingredients of your choice. I like to add Moringa powder as it is supposed to be a nutrient-packed. Moringa is nothing but the drumstick tree which is abundantly found here. A friend of mine who has a farm first gifted me a bottle of homemade moringa powder and I found it to be a good supplement. Then I bought one from the store but then I have a vegetable garden and got the seeds and sowed them. Within a few months I have 2 Moringa or drumstick trees and now I can make my own homemade Moringa powder. You just have to wash and dry the leaves and make a powder. You can even dry roast in the micro if you cannot dry it out in the sun.
Moringa is good for diabetics, cardiovascular function and even for the brain, it protects the liver, reduces inflammation and is good for many other ailments.
You can add it to your smoothie or make a tea with it as it has a mild flavour of its own or even in dal. Mine is usually with Masala Buttermilk where I add mint, coriander, curry leaves and a little bit of kaala namak or black rock salt as I avoid salt in Buttermilk.
Recipe for Masala Buttermilk or How to prepare buttermilk at home
1 cups yoghurt
1 tbsp. fresh mint leaves
1 tbsp. fresh coriander leaves
Pinch of ordinary salt optional
¼ tsp cumin powder
½ tsp. black salt/kala namak
½ tsp fresh coriander leaves
½ tsp mint leaves
½ tsp curry leaves
1 tsp moringa leaf powder
2 glasses chilled water
Ice cubes optional
In a hand-mixer jar add curry leaves, mint leaves, coriander leaves, moringa powder and black salt and blitz it.
Add the dahi or yoghurt and blend well.
Add chilled water and blend till you get a homogenous drink. Add ice cubes and churn to get a thick frothy buttermilk.
Pour the Moringa Masala buttermilk into a tall glass and sprinkle the cumin powder on top.
All the flavours blend well with each other and give a very cooling feeling to parched throats in summer.
Serve Moringa Masala Buttermilk chilled and store it in the fridge for refills during the day.
YThis is how to make Masala Buttermilk from curd and you can see how I have my Moringa Buttermilk with my lunch every day.
How do you like your buttermilk? Do share your special recipe.