Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Khaara Lassi / Spicy Buttermilk / Namkeen Chaas / Taak
Few days of summer left here, with the climate turning pleasant and after few days we shall be exposed to harsh winter! So why not enjoy a drink which cools the throat and body, quenches thirst and makes one nostalgic.
This buttermilk drink called 'Taak' is a famous Konkani drink, usually served after a festive meal, post wedding luncheon etc. It is loved by all age groups.
There is no hard and fast rule in preparing this. Many variations are available, some add curry leaves too. This recipe below is my and family's favourite. (My Amma and Hubby like it a lot besides me!) Use buttermilk, dilute with water ratio water: buttermilk 3:1 (for 200 ml serving)
OR use curd/ yoghurt as below :
Ingredients : ( makes two glasses)
2 tbspn curd / yoghurt
400 ml water
1 inch fresh ginger root
1 green chilli
1/2 pinch hing (asafoetida)
salt to taste
With the help of a spoon or hand mixer, beat the curd adding water little by little and finally mix the entire volume of water to curd. Add salt and hing powder, mix and keep aside. This dilution of curd is our buttermilk now! Crush the ginger and chilli with aid of mortar and pestle till finely crushed. Add the same to the diluted curd / buttermilk. Refrigerate before serving or drink as is! Relish it!