A soothing beverage which is age-old recipe but still sounds delicious in SUMMER is none other than spiced buttermilk. On any sunny day when you feel you are almost burning under the SUN, this incredible drink can cool you. It can even help your body cells to regain the energy and power to continue the work that you are in to. In simple terms we call this awesomeness as “Neeru Majjige”. And during the summer festival “Rama Navami”, neeru majjige has utmost importance. Our ancestors have left us with extensively useful food and beverage recipes that are inline with season. Hence, it is a custom in South India to distribute neeru majjige, panaka and Kosambari during Rama Navami.
This spiced buttermilk is quite easy and simple to prepare. On top of that it is very healthy and low calorie beverage when compared to sugar-rich fruit juices. All that is needed to whip up this spiced buttermilk is sour yogurt. A cup of thick yogurt is whisked and beaten well so that it is thin, flowing consistency. You can include few glasses of water in order to make the beverage to be slurp-able. The spices that ease digestion like ginger and asafoetida would play high in making the drink truly delicious. The tempered drink with curry and coriander leaves is just soothing to your soul and body.
In Udupi, this neeru majjige is served in all the feasts at the end of meals. Not only as drink, it serves the purpose of rice side dish there. We always end our meal with rice and buttermilk, combining and consuming together with a piece of pickle. These customs that are laid from our ancestors are too beneficial even today. Buttermilk aids in digestion and if digestive system is fine, diseases don’t affect us much. What say?