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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Maharashtrian Mattha / Spiced Buttermilk Recipe

It is scorching hot here in Gurgaon , temperature hovering between 42 and 43 degrees Celsius.To beat this summer heat , i totally rely on traditional coolant drinks like the Thandai , Kairi Panha , Kokam sharbat , Nimbu Shikanji and Mattha.

Mattha is a refreshing summer drink from Maharashtrian Cuisine. It is basically a delicious spiced buttermilk. An excellent summer coolant and very good for digestion, a typical Maharashtrian wedding will have Mattha served for sure. Classically it is prepared with buttermilk , but one can make it using plain yogurt as well. Mattha is spiced with ginger , roasted cumin powder, green chilly,  and rock salt and addition of fresh Coriander leaves makes it all the more flavorful. The best thing about Mattha is it can be made in a jiffy and without any efforts. 

Health Benefits:
Ayurvedic nutrition recommends butter milk to pacify Pitta dosha ( with addition of sugar or rose water), pacify Vata and Kapha ( use of rock salt , honey , spices like dry- roasted cumin powder , black pepper and herbs like Ginger). Buttermilk is highly recommended as one of the best home remedies for certain ailments like piles , diarrhoea , jaundice and dysfunctions of liver and spleen.
Source : Wikipedia 

  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 2 cups filtered Water
  • 1/2 inch piece of Ginger
  • Green Chilly to taste
  • Fresh Coriander leaves chopped, a few sprigs
  • 1/4 tsp roasted Cumin powder
  • Rock Salt (Sendha Namak) to taste
  • Sugar to taste
  1. Grind the green chilly , coriander leaves and ginger in a grinder. 

  2.  In the same jar, add the plain Yogurt, rock Salt , Sugar , Cumin powder and Water. Blend all these ingredients together in a blender. 

  3. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Keep in the refrigerator to chill. You can strain it prior to serving, i like it as it is. Stir well as it tends to settle down. Serve the refreshing Mattha chilled after food and enjoy !

   I hope you would try out this traditional coolant drink for yourself and keep the heat at bay . Do not forget to give your valuable feed back.

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