We always long for something cool and refreshing in the summers and what more better idea to beat the heat than simple and humble spiced buttermilk called Neer Mor. As Rama Navami falls tommorow, I thought of posting this today. It is a most traditional recipe made in most homes and is also made during Tamil New Year as well. The aroma of fresh curry leaves and asafoetida leaves a lasting taste for your taste buds long after you have had it. It is the most healthy drink which can be made in a few minutes time. There are a lot of variations in this as addition of mint leaves or lemon. The recipe I have given here is the basic and most tastiest. This South Indian style drink aids in digestion and gives a soothing feeling to the stomach after a heavy meal.
In olden days this Neer Mor was stored in earthern pitchers. This not only kept the buttermilk cool but also prevented it from souring further as the temperature would be low and constant in this. If you want it super chilled you can always add ice cubes on top just before serving. The tasty Neer Mor is a much preferred dink to the sugar loaded aerated drinks. It is a simple recipe which has so many variations and names. In Hindi it is called Chaas and in Malayalam Sambharam. I have a few varieties of buttermilk based drinks such as Masala Chaas, Mango Lassi, Sweet Lassi, etc. Make sure to use fresh curd and whisk it well to get smooth texture. This Neer Mor is loaded with calcium and B-vitamin and is a blessing in disguise in summers. Try out these Indian drinks this summer and do let me know how you liked them.