Spiced Indian Yogurt (Chaas) Recipe

Chaas (Mildly Spiced Buttermilk)

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Recipe Details

Spiced Indian Yogurt (Chaas) Recipe

Active 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt

  • 4 cups water

  • 1/4 teaspoon black salt (see note)

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 teaspoons toasted and ground cumin seeds (divided)

  • 1 serrano chile lightly bruised (optional)

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro leaves, plus whole leaves for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt, water, black salt, salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the cumin powder until lightly frothy. Add serrano chile (if using) and chopped coriander leaves. Stir. Pour into glasses. Sprinkle remaining cumin powder in each glass and top each with a coriander leaf. Serve immediately.


Indian black salt (kala namak) can be found in Indian grocers or ordered online.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
11 Calories
0g Fat
1g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 11
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 229mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 44mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)