02 September 2011

Sambharam/ Spiced Buttermilk - Onam Sadhya Vibhavangal 13

Sambharam or Morum Vellam as it is called in Kerala is one of the common thirst quenchers during summer. In the olden days this was the drink that was served to guests. The perfect health drink! 

During summer this drink is made on all days at home. My son just gulps down three glasses to quench his thirst in the noon. Sambharam is served for onam sadhyas. It is served just before the desserts are served. I just love to have it even if it is a little messy. :)

I have lovely memories of my granny making this yummy buttermilk. She used to be sitting on a small stool (palaka) and churning this buttermilk in a mud pot using a long mandhu . The aroma of the buttermilk when stirred with ginger, chilly and curry leaves is too good.

Thick home made yoghurt - 1 cup
Water - 2 cups
Chilly - 1/2
Ginger - a small piece
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Salt - to taste


Chop the chilly, curry leaves and ginger.
Pour the yoghurt into a mud pot. Stir it using the mandhu or wooden spatula.
Add water, chilly, ginger and curry leaves.
Add salt.
Stir for 5 minutes.

It can also be made in a blender. Just mix all the ingredients and pulse it for 4-5 secs.
Adjust spice level as per tolerance.

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  1. Very delicious and comforting butter milk. Must try out your method very soon.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. Ah...So refreshing!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  3. This is an interesting recipe. I think I've never tried this before. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Tempting it looks sure a thirst quencher for summer

  5. this is a perfect drink - good for any occasion :)


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