Buttermilk is a lovely, cooling drink to have in summer. It is made by mixing two or three tablespoons of yogurt, also called curd, in a glass of water, and whisking it well with salt. You can also add a bit of crushed ginger and green chilies, curry leaves, coriander leaves and a pinch of roasted and ground cumin and pepper to the drink.
Buttermilk is drunk in most parts of India, especially in summer. It is known as chaas in Hindi and moru in Tamil.
Scientists have found that buttermilk helps the human body in many ways. It contains electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and calcium, which are very important in keeping us healthy, particularly during summer, when we sweat a lot. It helps to reduce prickly heat and other irritating problems caused by summer heat. Calcium also makes your bones grow and become strong.
Buttermilk also has something called lactic acid, which is good for the stomach. It helps digest the food you eat. It contains vitamins too, which help you fight diseases like the common cold.
So next time you feel thirsty, have a refreshing glass of buttermilk!