Ghola dahi aka Odia spiced buttermilk is a light, and refreshing yogurt-based drink blended with some fresh herbs and spices. The ideal drink to beat the summer heat and fight dehydration. Also, it soothes the stomach and aids in digestion. Therefore people often have this drink after a heavy or spicy meal.
What is Ghola Dahi
Ghola dahi is also called Chaas or Chaach in Hindi. Traditionally it is the liquid that is collected after churning butter out of cream or even curd. It is slightly sour and has no fat. Since all the fat has been removed. People often drink this by adding a dash of salt or sugar. In my childhood days, my mother used to make ghee at home and I loved to help her in churning butter with the wooden buttermilk churner.
Ghola dahi is made by churning yogurt and water. While the plain salted one is the most popular method of making simple buttermilk. But the addition of spices and herbs enhances its taste.
How to make Ghola Dahi
Back in the old days, ghola dahi was prepared with a wooden churner. But now the making process is much easier with a blender. Just combine everything together and blend until frothy.
Here to make this, apart from curd and water I have used roasted cumin powder, green chili, ginger, coriander leaves, mint leaves, black salt, and plain salt. If you do not have roasted cumin powder, just dry roast the cumin seeds until fragrant and grind to make a powder. Skip green chili if serving to kids.
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Ghola Dahi | Odia Spiced Buttermilk | Masala Chaas
INGREDIENTS ( 1 CUP = 250 ML )
- 1 cup thick curd or yogurt
- 2 cups chilled water
- ⅓ tsp chopped green chili
- ½ inch ginger peeled and chopped
- ¼ cup chopped mint leaves
- ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves or cilantro
- 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
- ½ tsp plain salt
- ¾ tsp black salt/rock salt
- In a blender jar combine everything together except water and blend until smooth.
- Add the chilled water and blend well until frothy. Pour in the serving glasses and serve immediately or keep in the refrigerator and just mix it before serving.
- If you do not have roasted cumin powder. Just dry roast the cumin seeds until fragrant and grind it to a powder.
- Skip green chili if serving this drink to kids
I share this recipe to my Facebook group ‘Food For Feast’. A group for like-minded food bloggers. This month we had to prepare a dish based on the theme ‘Summer Drinks‘ and this post is a part of that.
Here are some contributions from my fellow blogger friends for the same.