Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sambharam/ Morum vellam/ Spiced buttermilk (Serves 5)

Sambharam/ Spiced buttermilk, the traditional-all-purpose-drink of Kerala, is a living testimony to the fact that our older generation was much wiser in using the natural products around to make one of the healthiest and cheapest drinks ever made. This drink is still the best weapon to compact the sweaty, humid summers of Kerala. Its thirst-quenching, rehydrative and medicinal benefits together with the taste make the modern aerated beverages look like costly-bottled poison.  So, try out this recipe and chill out with a big glass of  sambharam/morum vellam (as we call it in Kerala) !!!

Buttermilk 1 cup
Water 2 cups
Ginger ½ ‘ piece
Green chilly 1 big, roughly cut
Salt as needed
Curry leaves a handful, chopped


Preparation

With the help of a motar and pestle, crush together ginger, green chilly and curry leaves.

In a blender, add buttermilk and water and pulse for a couple of times (You can also mix the water and buttermilk vigorously with a spatula to get the same effect). Add salt and the crushed ginger, green chilly, curry leaves. Mix well to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes and refreshing sambharam is ready. You can make big batches and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!!!


 Tips

Substitute buttermilk with lemon/lime juice, you will get lime/lemon Sambaram
Add beetroot juice to the buttermilk, to make rose buttermilk
To make beetroot juice, grate beetroot and squeeze the juice, alternately you can grind the beetroot and extract the juice. Add according your liking (2-3 TBSP for 2 cups will be good enough).

We are sending this to 'Show me your Smoothie' event at Dil Se by Divya (http://divya-dilse.blogspot.com/2010/05/show-me-your-smoothie.html)



46 comments :

  1. I love this one....havent had it for a loooooong long while.....the best summer drink ever!

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  2. Refreshing summer drink..cool..love it.

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  3. Cool cool.. looks very tempting.. perfect for this summer..

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  4. Add a pinch of asafoetida and it gives the extra kick!

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  5. sambharam is one of my all time favorite summer drink.absolutely loved the presentation!!!

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  6. Wat a refreshing spiced buttermilk, beautiful drink to enjoy when its hot..

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  7. Had my fill ona recent trip to Kerala!

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  8. Good on a hot summer day.
    Your picture some how reminded me of a procession related to old world kings. May be the elephant and the cute umbrella. :)

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  9. Nice presentation, it's a great drink....

    http://treatntrick.blogspot.com

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  10. Thats a well-presented, refreshing and yummy sambharam..I love this drink..My mother used to add lemon leaves(narakathinte ila :) ) in sambharam and I loved that taste..

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  11. @ Maya (Yummy team)
    We tried adding lemon rinds, but it made it too bitter, So athu venanne vachu...

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  12. Looks sooo refreshing and yummy... One of my favvv. Perfect drink for summer.

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  13. we have this drink everyday with meas...specially in summers...looks favulous and awesoem presentation...

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  14. Lovely and refreshing ,looks devine.

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  15. Refrshing and delicious chaas..that's what we call in Gujarati..actually I made it today..we had a good sunshine today ! pics looks great..

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  16. So refreshing and soothing for this summer... good presentation too..

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  17. Wow very cute presentation...looks awesome...nice refreshing drink for the summer :)

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  18. too good pics dear...very refreshing drink,...liked it too much and started following u too...

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  19. Pics have really come out good... nd i lpove spiced buttermilk.... nd u kno i drink buttermilk only if its very sour....:D

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  20. wow whata wonderful presentation..i liked the umbrella.looks so cute.sambaram eevryones favorite.best for this season.really liked the presentation sujie..

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  21. perfect refreshing drink for the summer...nice clik!

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  22. this is absolutely delicious! very attractive presentation too.

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  23. Sambharam adipoli,like the way u presented...

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  24. Wow!!!!!

    Morum Vellam ki jai!!!

    Amazing snaps too!

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  25. The best summer drink ever ..love the presentation

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  26. Really beautiful..simply delicious..

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  27. Refreshing drink. Lovely presentation dear.

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  28. Perfect 'n Refreshing drink for the summer... loved your presentation...

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  29. Woooow nice healthy n spicy buttermilk for summer...my amma also give the same for us in summer days..

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  30. My fav..nattil ayirunnappo ithu kudichu kudichu addict ayi....refreshing and yummy...nice click..

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  31. Looks gud for this hot days...nice click

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  32. nice healthy drink dear...
    perfect for this summer...
    nice clicks :-)

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  33. We have an award waiting for you at our space. Please do stop by and collect it..Looking fwd to your faourite pic/pics ketto :)

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  34. a good drink,thats everlasting.

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  35. A great soothing drink for summer !

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  36. wonderful shots. my dads fav. its the best summer coolers in kerala. affordable even for the poor.

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  37. lovely and refreshing perfect to quench your thirst.

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  38. Kairalis,
    Nice presentation of sambharam..I'm gonna make it..will put a picture in my blog....
    Deepa

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