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Spicy Buttermilk

Spicy buttermilk is served after a heavy meal in most of the restaurants in India. Every restaurant has different way of making it. I tried and tried to get the taste which I liked. Finally I zeroed it on this recipe which we always liked.

2 cups buttermilk
1″ piece ginger
2-3 green chillies
1-2 strands coriander leaves

Add finely chopped ginger, coriander leaves, chilies and salt to buttermilk (Alternatively, blend/grind all the ingredients together). Add sufficient water to make it thin. If needed a pinch of asafoetida(hingu) can be added.

Serves : 1-2
Preparation time : 5min

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{ 14 comments… add one }

  • vitz November 29, 2005, 4:45 am

    simple and best

  • Sarika June 14, 2006, 8:07 am

    wow this is to nice otherwise i always prepare roohaafza but this is awesome next time going to serve this only

    Thank you

  • Carol K May 31, 2007, 12:13 pm

    Hello shilpa,

    Can you please give me the receipe for dabeli, primarily a gujarathi snack?

  • char June 11, 2007, 10:05 am

    hi shilpa,
    another variation if u are a lover of onions then add a small one while blending the buttermilk or alternately fine grate it
    ah! what yummy taste and it also improves the medicinal value as the onion counters the effects of the LOO ie., the hot dry prominant winds of the summers specially in the nothern india.

    love chars

  • senvas June 19, 2007, 5:28 am

    This is a fantastic recipe. Very delicious and useful especially in severe delhi summers.

    I may give a sweet one. Curd and sugar and water and ice cubes plus a two or three cardomoms (Elu) mised in the mixy gives a superb drink godi lassi.

  • sandhya betnag June 22, 2007, 11:31 am

    I visit your site regularly…i must say u choose ur receipe very carefully and love the fact that u experiment them before recommending them.

    I was wondering if u have any recipes for vegetable juices.

    sandhya betnag

  • b.r.padukone July 1, 2007, 8:40 am

    Try it with some lemon grass(two-three strands) for a tangy flavour and also pleasant green pista colour. Only pass it through a sieve to remove the roughage of lemon grass before serving.

  • supriya January 8, 2008, 6:05 am

    hi 2-3 curry leaves will add to flavour,some people dont like to chew these things while drinking buttermilk,in that case grind all these ingredients,add to buttermilk and serve,or add ,then sakhe it well and serve

  • vicki September 24, 2008, 7:22 am

    I love your website! Do you have a cookbook published, or all of your recipes in a bound book version? I would love to buy it. I live in Ga, on a farm, we have lots of cow milk- FRESH notpastuerized- real eggs, lots of vegetables. In the summer I rarely go to the store, as we are for the most part vegetarian, and only eat a chicken every now and then, (a local real chcken!!) I really like your recipes, keep up the good work, I love the spicy buttermilk!!

    Shilpa: Thanks Vicki for kind words. So far I have not published any book, may do it in future.

  • Gaalipata November 12, 2008, 1:45 pm

    Hello everyone, I’m new to this and thanks to the person who opened this blog. I’m making every possible recipe i can get here.

    I love spiced buttermilk. Especially in b’lore its almost everyday of summer we had buttermilk. Its usually called Neeru majjige in our home. I usually grind ginger,corriander leaves, curry leaves, chilli and nimbu ras with the buttermilk. After the flavouring is done u can drink it like that only if u like or just filter all the ingredients and add tadka and Njoy……..

  • Padma February 7, 2009, 4:02 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    Add pinch of ieera powder(cumin powder) for diffrent taste .It digests food and normalizes digestive system.

  • Sandhya April 3, 2009, 6:38 am

    i agree with Padma. pinch of jeera powder gives nice flavour.
    But, i & my husband are grateful to you SHILPA, for all your knowledge, recipes, humbleness, detailed photos instructions & tips. please continue the good work you are doing now. Its worth more than winning any award…

  • Lavi June 24, 2009, 5:08 am

    Hi there,
    I am from Rajasthan and we take buttermilk in summers in a different way. here it goes:
    Add blacksalt, little dry mint (crushed; it is optional). heat little ghee in a very small size kadai ( which could go into the vessel having buttermilk) when its hot, add a pinch of asafoetida and cumin seeds, immediately put the kadai into buttermilk and cover with a plate (it will make a sizzling noise). let it rest for 5 minutes or so. then serve it. It has an exotic aroma and is very good for digestion. try it!!

  • Priya April 28, 2010, 3:41 am


    I am from chennai.. I’ll make butter milk in a differeny way..
    Blend the curd first then add your chooped green chilly/ginger/corriader leave/ onion grass.. Heat a small pan add butter to it and add asafoetida nd cumin seeds and add it to butter milk…

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