Spice of Life

Alamelu Vairavan, a Whitefish Bay resident, is an author and culinary instructor. Alamelu has a passion for educating the public about the use of spices and legumes in preparing healthy and tasty foods. She is also interested in educating the public about the growing research that points to the enormous health benefits of spices in preventing many diseases. Her mission is to enrich people's culinary experience and to inspire them to discover that cooking and sharing healthful foods can be an especially joyful experience.

Visit Alamelu's web site, CurryOnWheels.com.

Refreshing Buttermilk Drink

 I made a buttermilk drink for our friends who visited us at our home the other day. They loved the light refreshing drink and asked me how to make it. In India, it is common to serve buttermilk drink with ice cubes during hot summer days.  Buttermilk drink can be prepared as a sweet drink called, “sweet lassi” or can be seasoned lightly without sugar and can be served as a refreshing buttermilk drink. Try this refreshing, cool drink during hot summer days!

Buttermilk is simple, wholesome, versatile and loaded with health benefits. Yogurt and buttermilk have long been a staple food of India. Buttermilk is made from plain yogurt. Buttermilk is rich in protein, potassium and calcium.

In the following recipe for a buttermilk drink, we can use cultured low fat buttermilk available in the grocery stores. Try this as an alternative to lemonade. Your kids may even want to set up a buttermilk stand!

 2 cups of cultured low fat buttermilk

4 cups of water

½ teaspoon finely minced ginger (optional)

½ teaspoon cumin powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cilantro leaves, finely chopped, to garnish

1. In a bowl mix buttermilk and water.

2. Add ginger, cumin powder and salt. Mix well.

3. Refrigerate for an hour.  Serve in serving  glasses as a cool refreshing drink.

4. Garnish with cilantro leaves before serving.

Serves 6

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