Spiced butter milk, curd rice and some sisterly story

There are more than 300 celebrating days…capuccino day, women’s day, mother’s day, earth day, pink day, friendship day…oophs, is there a day to celebrate the sister? I don’t know..probably yes/no. As I strongly feel there should be an year to celebrate or may be life time, sisters are some one who makes you feel belonged, feel special, strong source of support and the ones often picks up the silly things to fight and scream. Life is a celebration with sisters…

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I remember those days, when I thought my elder sister, doesn’t belong to my family and the little one belong to my aayi only. And that perception was preserved for years and years. We fought for the bicycle ride, fought over the similar cooking sets and even for those balamangala, and other magazines.

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Never understood, how and when this competition, distance and perception of difference changed into deep-rooted friendship, affection and unconditional bonding of support for each other. As we grew up, we stood for each other in every need and deed…don’t mess with my sis…kind.

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We ended up picking similar dress, ornaments and even sandals, though we stayed at different cities. We all had the striped gap ts, white striped pull and bear and absolutely same hand bags. Well.. have different life styles, look differently but constantly expected to stay together, shop together so on… Our famous night out would be talking over night with butter milk and curd rice.. yeah…even on the new year eve.

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So I think it’s best to give them their favourite, flavoured buttermilk/masaala chaas/majjige, and curd rice, with this post.

About buttermilk – one of the most favoured drinks in places like Mumbai, being hot and humid almost through out the year. It’s cooling properties and easy availability makes it most popular drink choice of mass. It is also a good source of Potassium, Protein, Riboflavin, Calcium and Phosphorus.

Curd rice – Famous South Indian food treat, mostly at the end of the meal or as a complete meal. Yogurt infused with flavours and mixed with rice.

Recipes

Buttermilk

  • 2 cups of curds/yogurt – plain flavors
  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 1 tsp jeera/cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp lime juice – optional
  • 1 green chilly finely chopped – optional
  • 1 tsp chaat masala powder – optional
  • salt to taste

Whisk/beat the yogurt, until really smooth , in electric mixer about 5-7 minutes. Add water and beat again for 2 minutes. Mix all other ingredients and stir it well. Let it rest for 10 minutes, so that the raw ingredients infuse their flavour in the butter milk.

Best served fresh and chill.

Curd Rice

  • 1 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup or less pomegranate arils
  • 2 tbsp roasted cashew nuts
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • Salt to taste

Seasoning

  • 1 green chilly
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp mustard seeds
  • pinch of hing/asafoetida
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 spring curry leaves

Heat oil, and infuse the flavours with seasoning ingredients. Mix rice, yogurt, pomegranate arils, cashew nuts, sugar and salt. Add the prepared seasoning.

Best served fresh at room temperature. Serves 2.

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