Jaljeera-flavoured Chhaas (Green Spiced Buttermilk-Vegan)

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Jaljeera-flavoured Chhaas (Green Spiced Buttermilk-Vegan)
  • Vegan

    The avocado is a rather unique fruit.

    While most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrate, avocado is high in healthy fats.

    Numerous studies show that it has powerful health benefits.




    I always encourage my daughter to drink lots of water. She being a five year old still doesn’t understand my fuss with keeping her well hydrated. And me being a clever parent try to find alternative ways to get her hydration level optimum.

    Earlier I used to really freak out why she didn’t like water and why she would just not listen to me. But it’s just her brain that is not fully developed to understand the repercussions of disobeying her mommy. Eventually, I have grown accustomed to her rebellious attitude. And I am actually quite proud of it. She is growing into this wonderful person who listens to herself and do not give in to others perception so easily.

    Well that is positive side of the story but of course I want her to stay healthy and no matter what, I make sure I make it happen. I feel thankful that there are so many other things that can be diluted with water. And also enhances the taste of it!!

    For me the best way to get her to drink her water is through juices, soups, lemonade, smoothies, shakes and chhaas or buttermilk. Chhaas is an Indian version of buttermilk with spices and good water content. Prepared using yogurt, this drink makes for a desirable drink during summers when you need that internal cooling effect. And we all know winters is a time when our bodies slow down and so does our digestion. That’s why, many love to have it in winters because it helps aid digestion. Also the need for hydration during colder months increase to keep dryness away.

    So for me, this particular drink is the best remedy to keep my little one hydrated. You can very well make it using yogurt but those who are on a plant-based diet can use ripe avocado as a substitute. Also, with avocado you get so many other health benefits that yogurt doesn’t offer. If you are tired of regular yogurt based buttermilk, then head to this recipe. It is a great way to add more plant-based ingredients into your diet. More than anything, the taste is exactly same as a traditional Chhaas.

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    In a blending jar, add ripened avocado along with fresh coriander leaves, dry/fresh mint leaves, black salt, black pepper, cumin powder, lemon juice and water.

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    Blend everything together until you get smooth texture.

    You can serve the mixture as it is or for refiner taste, filter out the fiber or pulp through sieve.

    Tip: Add more or less water to adjust consistency according to your taste. Also if you want you can adjust the taste of spices and lemon as per your preferences. However, make sure to blend everything thoroughly to make sure no avocado chunks are left behind. So only ripened avocado should be used for this recipe.


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    Adjust Servings:
    1 Ripe Avocado
    half cup/a handful Chopped Coriander Leaves
    9-10 Dry/Fresh Mint Leaves
    As per taste Black Salt
    As per taste Black Pepper
    1-2 Tsp Cumin Powder
    1-2 cups water
    half or as per likeness for sour taste Lemon
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