There's something about Indian drinks that unites us all. Not only are they wonderfully balanced and layered but a lot of them are also a treasure of health. The choice of ingredients, consistency and various other factors make these drinks a favourite among nutritionists. The fact that they suit our local palate gives it an additional edge. One such drink that always tugs at our heartstrings is masala chaas. This soulful combination of churned curd, spices and herbs can not only soothe your tummy troubles and rejuvenate you from within, but also do wonders for your overall immunity.
Immunity is not built in a day; you have to work on it consistently. Good immunity could shield you from many diseases. With the on-going season change, it is important we start prioritizing our health, as during this time our body becomes more susceptible to diseases and infections. Bolstering your gut could be a way forward. According to Abhilasha V, Senior Clinical Nutritionist of Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Bangalore curd is a rich probiotic food and can actually build better immunity by strengthening your gut and feeding good microorganisms to the gut microbiome.
As we all know, the primary ingredient of chaas or buttermilk is curd that is mixed vigorously with select spices. In this recipe, the curd is mixed with green chillies, coriander leaves, rock salt or kala namak, a pinch of chaat masala and a cup of water. Both green chillies and coriander leaves are replete with antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight dangerous free radical activity and rev up our immunity naturally. This recipe also contains salt, if you wish, you can rule it out of the recipe, since it already has kala namak or rock salt. Excess salt consumption may lead to water retention and raised BP levels. You can, instead, add a pinch of black pepper powder in place of salt. Black pepper is renowned for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Black pepper is also enriched with a range of antioxidants.
Here is a step-by-step recipe of making masala chaas. Try it at home and let us know how you liked it in the comments section below.
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