The heat during the summer months can be exhausting and dehydrating for our body. We are often tempted to grab sugary drinks such as cola or packaged fruit juices, to beat the heat. However, escaping the heat should not mean compromising on our health. In that case, having healthier options like buttermilk or chaas, can be a good choice.

Well, we all are familiar with chaas already as it is the go-to-drink in many households. Traditionally referred to as ‘grandma’s probiotic’, chaas has microbes that feed one’s gut with a variety of healthy bacteria. However, if you are looking at something new to try, we have a way to present this traditional recipe with a twist. So let’s introduce to you, ‘Beetroot Buttermilk’, which is not only refreshing, but is healthy and tasty too.

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Buttermilk is an excellent probiotic! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Not just the benefits of buttermilk, you can also get the benefits of the star ingredient of the recipe – beetroot. Often called chukandar in Indian households, beetroot is rich in fibre that ensures your digestive system stays healthy.

It also has a high content of antioxidants known as alpha-lipoic acid, which helps in neutralising the action of free radicals and delay cell ageing. They are also a great source of vitamins — A, C, B6 and folate, which will help you keep the body healthy during this season. Adding beetroot to your buttermilk is definitely the best ingredient choice.

Also, read: Hate beetroots? Wait till you try this delicious vegan pink sauce pasta recipe 

Here’s how you can try this innovative beetroot buttermilk recipe by celebrity chef Renu Dalal:

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Makes: 2 glasses

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup curd
  2. ¼ cup boiled, peeled and chopped beetroot
  3. 1 tsp mint leaves
  4. ½ cup water
  5. ½ tsp jeera powder
  6. ½ tsp chaat masala
  7. Salt to taste

For garnishing:

Mint Leaves

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Consuming beetroots have a lot of health benefits. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

How to prepare:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor.
  2. Refrigerate and serve chilled.
  3. Garnish with mint leaves while serving.

To say the least, this is one of easiest ways to consume beetroot and buttermilk. After all, it’s both healthy and delicious.