Shankar got this recipe from one of our aunts, A amma as she is fondly referred to. It is the ultimate refreshing cool drink on a hot summer day. Just make up a batch of it, leave it in the fridge and enjoy. This makes about 4 cups. We use non fat yogurt, or homemade yogurt with fat free milk. You can see a similar recipe for this on Nandita's Saffron Trail.
1 cup buttermilk, 1 cup plain yogurt, 2 cups of cold water, 1 small green chili, 1/2 inch piece of peeled ginger, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 6-7 curry leaves, 3-4 stalks of cilantro , salt to taste, a pinch of kala namak - black salt (optional), a pinch of ground fenugreek, and 1/2 a tsp of mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp asafetida
1. Grind all the ingredients together in a blender except the last three.
2. Splutter the mustard seeds in a little oil, add the ground fenugreek, asafetida. Add to the buttermilk and mix.
Verdict: We are so addicted to this now.