buttermilk recipe | chaas recipe

Chaas or buttermilk recipe – This is one of the popular summer cooler made with yogurt, made all over India with some variations. Buttermilk is not only a cooling drink but also aids in digestion. Hence many people have it with their meals. Buttermilk is also served in traditional thali meals in many restaurants.

This is a plain chaas recipe. sometimes when I don’t have much time, I make this plain salted chaas. The chaas is only flavored with roasted ground cumin and black salt or Kala namak. Sometimes I don’t even add ground cumin. Black salt just gives the buttermilk the right zing and taste. I also garnish chaas with coriander or mint leaves. Black salt, cumin and coriander leaves all aid in digestion and yogurt is good for the gut.

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Black salt is often added in many summer coolers. It is an intrinsic part of shikanjvi (Indian lemonade), another popular North Indian summer coolant. You can also add black salt add in fruit juices like apple pomegranate juice, black grapes juice etc.

Skip the black salt, if you don’t have it. Use regular salt instead. If you don’t have roasted powdered cumin in your home then first dry roast the cumin seeds in a pan till fragrant and then grind them in a mortar and pestle.

In north India, usually salted chaas is taken whereas in some parts of India masala chaas is more popular. You can make masala chaas by adding few spices. The spices and herbs which are often added in spiced chaas are asafoetida, fennel, ginger juice, curry leaves or coriander leaves etc. They all help in the digestion of food and also uplift your energy levels in the dry hot summers.

Another variation is Pudina chaas recipe which is chaas flavored with mint leaves.

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buttermilk recipe

4.5 from 6 votes
A classic Indian buttermilk drink made with yogurt, black salt and roasted ground cumin. Buttermilk is an excellent body cooler, digestive and appetizer.
buttermilk recipe, chaas recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:10 mins
Total Time:10 mins
Course:beverages & drinks
Cuisine:north indian
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 1.5 cups curd (yogurt)
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder or add as required
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 to 6 small ice cubes
  • black salt as required
  • a few coriander leaves or mint leaves for garnish


  • Take all the ingredients in a blender jar, except the coriander leaves.
  • Just pulse the blender for some seconds till everything is blended well and the mixture becomes frothy.
  • Pour in glasses.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve immediately.
  • You can also chill the butter milk in the refrigerator and serve later. But use it in the same day.


1. Instead of adding ice cubes in the blender, you can add ice cubes in the end. But I suggest to blend ice cubes in the blender or use chilled yogurt and cold water.
2. You can also add more water if required to thin the chaas.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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23 comments/reviews

  1. It’s really awesome… Mouth watering… The taste cumin in the drink is the highlight… This drink is the all time favourite drink of my family… I love you dassana ….. Keep rocking like this.. expecting more from you…. Very much satisfied with. The buttermilk with cumin…5 stars

    • thanks a lot madhu. agree that the taste of cumin is one of the highlight of the recipe. thanks again.

  2. Can i prepare chhanch in night and keep it overnight in the fridge to consume it next day..

    • you can do so.

  3. Can we use this buttermilk for baking and in pancakes? If the spices are not added and only curd is blended4 stars

    • yes rushikesh, without the spices and salt, this buttermilk can be used in baking and preparing pancakes.

  4. LOVED IT………………4 stars

  5. Do we need to blend the mint leaves along with the other ingredients?

    • no need to blend mint leaves.

      • Thanks:-)

  6. Can I use buttermilk instead of yoghurt?

    • yes you can.

  7. I like it. thanks5 stars

    • welcome wisha

  8. nice recipe

  9. The recipe is class and mast. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. i made this to my mom and she loved it5 stars

    • thanks sakzone for the feedback.

  11. In south india we dont add cumin powder but i tried this.
    A different taste and we drink this thrice in a week.
    Good taste.4 stars

    • i know the south indian version is different. did you try with black salt. i am not sure if you get black salt there. with black salt, the taste is different.

  12. Perfect recipe for the coming season…this is my all time favorite in summer! I also add a pinch of hing to my chaas.

  13. This is such a refreshing yogurt drink either by itself or along with a spicy meal. I am tempted to try out all the variations of the different kinds of chaas you have on your space:)

  14. my all time favorite. i tasted this when i visited mumbai , naturally fall in love with this, yes every thalli they serve this.