How to Make Homemade Buttermilk?
Buttermilk in India is something that is made from curd or churning butter from milk. It is considered to be a natural coolant drink for the hot Indian summers. Traditionally called as chaas, it is known as buttermilk in English.
It is said to be a natural digestive and helps in maintaining one’s body temperature. It is considered to be a healthy option for those on a diet as it contains no sugar. Buttermilk contains all the benefits of curd yet it is watered down to reduce the fat content.
In other countries, buttermilk is considered to be a great ingredient in recipes such as pancakes and waffles. It is also added to Red Velvet cakes to make it extra soft and delicious. Let us see how to make homemade buttermilk that is way better than store bought buttermilk.
Making Buttermilk the Western Way
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed or white vinegar
- 1 cup milk
Method of Preparation
Pour milk in a bowl and stir a tablespoon of two of lemon juice or vinegar with the milk.
Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes and let the milk curdle. The milk will now become acidic.
Mix it well and your buttermilk is ready.
Making Buttermilk the Indian Way
- 2 cups curd
- 2 chopped green chilies
- Bunch of freshly chopped coriander
- Couple of curry leaves
- 1 teaspoon rock salt or black salt
- Salt to taste
Method of Preparation
- Add all the ingredients into the curd and give it a good mix.
- Using a blender or food processor with whipping blade mix the ingredients well.
- In a large vessel, add 2 cups chilled water and add in the mixture. Mix well to avoid any lumps.
- Leave it in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to set.
- You can serve it by sprinkling it with chat masala.
You can try various combinations when preparing buttermilk the Indian way.You could add fresh mint leaves along with freshly crushed ginger roots to the curd and mix gently.
Or you could add a big pinch of asafetida along with curry leaves, chopped ginger and chilies to your curd and mix them well.
There are many possibilities of creating buttermilk using different ingredients. Plain and simple buttermilk is a great ingredient for many baked dishes such as muffins, Red Velvet, pancakes, etc. As you can see how to make buttermilk at home is a simple process with many sweet (or salty!) benefits.