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south indian buttermilk recipe

Indian Buttermilk Recipe - Spiced South Indian Style Buttermilk Drink Recipe With Curry Leaves & Green Chilies

This south Indian Kerala style buttermilk drink is spicy and so delicious and refreshing. Spiced buttermilk is popular throughout India with different variations. You can read here some of the popular ways this drink is prepared along with the traditional recipe for Kerala style buttermilk.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 77kcal


  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon crushed ginger
  • 1 small green chili pepper sliced in thin round slices
  • 1 string curry leaves or chopped cilantro
  • teaspoon salt adjust as needed


  • Add yogurt to a bowl.
  • Add water to the yogurt little by little and stir gently with a wooden spoon to avoid the formation of any lumps.
  • Once the yogurt and water is combined well, add crushed ginger, salt, curry leaves and stir well. If you want salt, add the salt also and mix well.
  • Finally add chopped green chili peppers as well and stir gently. Serve the buttermilk chilled for best results!


Adding more flavors To The Simple & Basic Indian Buttermilk Recipe

You can modify this buttermilk recipe to include your favorite ingredients and make it more appetizing to you.
Here are few suggestions you can try to make it more flavorful.
1. Add finely chopped sweet mango pieces. You can use about half of a medium sweet mango (don’t use sour mangoes). Instead of chopping, you can also blend the mango pulp along with yogurt and water. Avoid using ginger and green chili peppers if you want to make your drink sweet. Add your favorite sweetener to make the drink more sweeter.
2. Add ½ teaspoon of roasted cumin powder.
3. Add ½ teaspoon of Indian chaat masala for an exotic drink! Chaat masala can also be sprinkled in fruit salads and also cucumber salads. It is even used to spice up pineapple pieces and boiled corn.
4. Add spices like few saffron strands or a pinch of cardamom powder.
You can also make this simple drink more innovative by trying out different ingredients, especially different spices go well with buttermilk.

Tips To Make The Best Homemade Buttermilk Recipe Indian Style

  • Chilled buttermilk tastes the best!
  • Refrigerate the buttermilk overnight, or at least keep for a few hours to get better results, as this helps the spices and herbs to blend well with the buttermilk which makes it even more tastier.
  • Instead of using a wooden spoon, you can also use a hand blender or use a regular blender to make the job easier.
  • Buttermilk, yogurt or even plain water taste better when stored in clay pots, so use a clay pot if you have any. When stored in clay pots this tend to be more cooler even with out using refrigerator.
  • Instead of mixing the ingredients one by one, you can put all the ingredients in a bottle and shake well to prepare the drink instantaneously. The downside of this method is that there is an increased chance of forming lumps.
  • Sometimes, the contents may settle down when kept for a long time. In that case, stir well using a spoon just before using.
  • What I have shared in this post is the basic recipe I use for preparing buttermilk. Even though salt is there in the recipe, I usually skip it since I love the taste of buttermilk without salt.
  • To make it less spicy, avoid using the green chili peppers. If you don’t like even mild spiciness, you can also skip the crushed ginger. Instead you can make it a sweet drink or try with a different flavor or simply prepare the buttermilk using the rest of the ingredients mentioned in the basic recipe.


Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 189mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 20.6mg | Calcium: 156mg