Spicy buttermilk is a traditional south Indian drink usually served after taking heavy meal to improve the digestion. Buttermilk with jeera powder or chaat masala is popular in other parts of India. Lassi is a sweetened flavored creamier buttermilk served chilled as dessert in India. Generally buttermilk is kept in earthenware (mud pots) few hours before serving and served in the mid morning and after lunch during summer.
Both buttermilk & lassi are used in Ayurveda to treat many illnesses. Please click here https://trueayurveda.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/takra-buttermilk-the-divine-healer/ to know more about the healing properties of buttermilk in Ayurveda and also here http://www.livestrong.com/article/120198-buttermilk-nutrition/ to know the nutritional values of buttermilk.
Health benefits of taking buttermilk are:
- Improves immunity as it is probiotic
- Strengthens bones, due to its high calcium & potassium content
- Relieves acidity & heart burns
- Improves digestion
- Prevents dehydration
- Contains less lactose, hence suitable for people with lactic intolerance
Please check the slideshows below that are self explanatory for their recipes:
Thirst quenching buttermilk:
Detoxifying plantain stem buttermilk:
Iron-laden curry leaves buttermilk:
Refreshing Mint buttermilk:
Flavorful Coriander leaves buttermilk:
Digestive buttermilk: (Punjabi chaas)
You can also try with different combination of spices for buttermilk and fresh fruits & dry fruits for lassi.