Chaach or chas is a yogurt-based traditional drink from India. It is similar to the more popular cousin Lassi but much thinner in consistency, made by diluting it with cold water. In English chaach is often referred as buttermilk. Chaach has cultural associations, with its consumption originating from the extremely hot desert areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan. This summer drink is prepared and stored in earthen pots that keeps it cool and adds that distinct flavour.
More importantly Chaach has several health benefits like providing hydration and digestion, owing to its ingredients. The yogurt, water and salt helps beat the heat in Indian summer and keeps the body hydrated. More so, cumin spice aids digestion largely. By this value, Chaach can even be a great morning drink to cleanse your body hardware and give you a hydrating kick to conquer the day.
One of my mornings while starting my day with a child glass of chaach, I popped the idea of trying out an Avocado chaach. I am so addicted to Avocado….. I keep adding it to almost everything but trust me, it really worked like a wonder in this drink experiment. Avocado turned out to be so well fitting, that it could have been an ingredient of the authentic recipe, provided historically people had access to Avocado in India. Adding the Avocado twist, also made this drink perfectly filling and rejuvenating for me post a rigorous workout session.
The best thing for me about this drink is that it doesn’t have any sweet ingredient, hence no requirements for sugar or the storm of sugar substitutes these days like honey, agave syrup, maple syrup etc.
Try out my Avocado chaach recipe for a green good health morning or day.
Avocado Chaach is a yogurt based traditional Indian drink consumed in summers. Chaach has health benefits like digestion and hydration. I have adapted this recipe into a more healthier version with Avocado. It is a perfect morning or post workout drink with no sugar ingredients.
In a smoothie blender, add avocado, yogurt, lemon, green chili, salt, cumin powder. Fine blend these ingredients.
Now add water and blend again, until you get a thin consistency. To give a comparison, the consistency should be much thinner than a smoothie, but a bit thicker than orange juice. Hope that relativity helps!
At this point you can taste the drink and add some more lemon, salt and cumin powder, if you like to.
Finally, add coriander leaves and quick blend one last time. The idea is not to blend the leaves completely but just release the refreshing coriander flavor into the drink.
- The traditional Indian Chaach is a relatively thin consistency drink (not thick like a smoothy), as it is a morning hydrating drink. However, if you like a relatively thicker consistency, you can use lesser water (than mentioned in ingredients) or increase the quantity of Avocado.
- For the most authentic taste of this drink, I recommend you to use a homemade Cumin powder. It’s very simple to make cumin powder at home. Just roast cumin seeds in a flat pan, let them cool down and blend them in a grinder. Don’t blend them into fine powder, keeping it coarse gives a better flavor. You can even use the home made cumin powder as a seasoning for a lot recipes like Mexican salad dressings, avocado toasts, Indian raitas or sprinkle on a plate of cut fruits. Try it!
- For making this drink healthier, you can also blend some baby Spinach leaves to this drink.