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Masala Mor - Indian Spiced buttermilk

My morning glass of chaas Masala Mor or spiced buttermilk is one of my favourite anytime beverages. Had chilled in the summers or at room temperature during all other months, I can never refuse a glass of this! In most parts of India, every family used to have a tradition of 'setting' dahi / thayir
Servings 4 cups


  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 inch ginger piece of root, peeled
  • 1 green chilli
  • bunch coriander leaves fresh
  • 1/4 tsp rock salt
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • sprig curry leaves
  • pinch asafoetida


  • In a large bowl, whisk together one cup thick yogurt (preferably homemade or Greek yogurt) with water.
  • Keep aside.
  • In a mortar, mash together a small bit of fresh ginger root, one small green chilli and some fresh coriander leaves with some sea salt or rock salt.
  • Add this coarse paste to the buttermilk.
  • In a small saucepan, heat 1 tsp oil, and add mustard seeds, a few curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida.
  • Stir till the seeds splutter and transfer it into the buttermilk bowl.
  • Mix everything well.
  • Check for salt. Serve chilled.