Coriander Garlic Chaas

April 29, 2012mayurisjikoni
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What is Coriander Garlic Chaas?

Chaas also known as chaach is a popular yogurt based drink that is widely served during meals or enjoyed on its own all over the Indian Sub Continent. It can be just plain yogurt, water and salt all whisked together or it may have some spices, herbs  and flavorings. All depends.

Advantages of including Chaas in your daily diet

  • The most important reason is that it rehydrates the body and thus its popularity during the hot summer months. Its usually made in earthen pots or clay pots and allowed to rest for hours so that it becomes cool.
  • Its usually served with a meal as it helps to calm the stomach after a spicy meal. Acting as a coolant, its stops the irritation of the stomach lining.
  • When pepper, cumin powder or ginger are added to chaas these ingredients help digestion.
  • As yogurt is rich in calcium, its a healthy way to get your daily dose of calcium.
  • Yogurt is known to reduce acidity therefore for those who suffer from it, Chaas makes a good drink as it helps to settle the burning sensation.
  • Chaas is usually given to sick person as it boosts ones energy, provide vitamins and mineral and acts like a meal especially for those who cannot eat any food.

Is Chaas and Lassi the same?

Not really though often they are interchanged. Chaas is usually made with added water and has no sugar. Lassi on the other hand is thick like a smoothie, may have a little added milk and may have sugar, honey or any other sweetener added to it. Sometimes lassi can be of the savory kind too, with salt added but its still thick like a smoothie. These days there are a variety of fresh fruits added to lassi.


It was one of those rare trips with my huge family from Gondal to Anand, Gujarat. We stopped at one of the roadside restaurants to have our dinner. As we were a huge group we had to occupy about 6 tables. While we were waiting for our meal to arrive, we ordered drinks on our table. While my sister in law stuck to her usual order of water, my brother, hubby and I ordered some Chaas.

Nice cooling, tasty chaas with a lovely froth on top. Taking a sip, my brother asked my sister in law ” Why can’t we have chaas everyday?” Sister in law asked “Even in Winter as its so cold?” My brother replied ” It is cold outside but nothing inside the home.” After that not sure if they have chaas every day but hubby and I do, every single day. It is mostly very hot in Mombasa so a cool glass of chaas is very hydrating.

Some variety of Chaas you can enjoy every day

Cucumber Coriander Chaas –  cucumber and coriander and blended with yogurt and water to make an extra cooling drink.

Vaghareli Chaas – my all time favorite is whereby a tempering of ghee, cumin, fresh chopped coriander, curry leaves and green chilli is added to the chaas.

Mattha – Poonam makes the healthy Maharashtrian Mattha using yogurt, ginger, chilli and black salt.

Ingredients required for Coriander Garlic Chaas

  • Yogurt – plain yogurt. Usually I use homemade yogurt, but you can use ready made one.
  • Water – depending on how thin or thick you like chaas. I prefer it not too watery or too thick.
  • Fresh Coriander – washed and chopped
  • Curry Leaves – optional, but it has cooling properties. Wash and chop them up roughly.
  • Garlic – you need very little as its going to be added raw. Garlic is proven to be very good for the circulatory system.
  • Salt – according to your taste
  • Fresh Green Chilli – washed and chopped. Optional if you don’t like chilli food.
  • Ice Cubes – if the chaas is not cold enough serve it with ice cubes added to it.

Dietary Tips:

  • Gluten Free
  • vegetarian
  • Healthy

Updated on 19/06/2020

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A healthy, cooling, rehydrating yogurt drink with the flavours of fresh coriander, curry leaves and garlic.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2


  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup fresh coriander chopped
  • ½ -1 clove garlic peeled
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 1 small green chilli, chopped optional
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Blend together the yogurt and water with a hand whisk. Add the salt and mix well.
  • Grind the coriander, curry leaves, garlic and chilli into a paste using a food processor.
  • Add it to the yogurt mixture. Mix well.
  • Add some ice cubes into two tall glasses.
  • Pour the chaas over the ice cubes and serve.
  • You can prepare the chaas and leave it in the fridge till its cold.


  • Try out the mint chilli garlic variety instead of the coriander.
  • I like to make extra coriander, garlic, curry leaves and chilli paste and store it in the freezer in a zip lock bag, patted down. Whenever I want to add it to the chaas, I snap the required amount and add it.
  • You can add more water if you like a thinner yogurt drink.
Keyword cucumber, garlic, healthy, refreshing, yogurt, yogurt drink

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  • Shobha Keshwani

    June 21, 2020 at 12:25 am

    Wow.. garlic in chaas. I add ginger but never tasted with garlic. It has so many health benefits too . I will give it a try too.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 22, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha. A bit of raw garlic is recommended for health so the best way to have it is with yogurt or chaas.

  • Archana

    June 22, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    5 stars
    I am not a big fan of garlic but hubby eats ,sleeps and dreams of just garlic. He will love it if I make this chaas but then I will have to make it with garlic all the time. Have to way my options.
    Maybe for our anniversary or his birthday I can make it.😁

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 24, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks Archana, its such a tiny piece of garlic if you’re going to make it for your hubby. Anyway they say that raw garlic is really good for people with heart problems and its recommended that they eat at least 1/2 or one raw clove of garlic everyday.

  • Chef Mireille

    June 24, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    5 stars
    Chaas is the only savory chilled beverage I like. I dont like most of the other Indian savory drinks but when I had this at a restaurant when I was in Mumbai it was so cool and refreshing. Now I like chaas but you still cant get me to like Jal Jeera 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 25, 2020 at 10:20 pm

      Thanks Mireille. Chaas is a must at home every single day no matter what cuisine I make. Sometimes its simple chaas with a bit of salt and cumin powder.

    2. Lata Lala

      July 7, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      5 stars
      Chaas is a must at my place too as it’s so cooling and I am amazed how you have incorporated garlic also in this. Would love to try along with onion ginger and coriander.
      Lovely share Mayuri.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        July 7, 2020 at 10:28 pm

        Thanks Lata. Please do try with garlic.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    June 25, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    5 stars
    wow garlic in chaas, that is totally new mayuriji! never have tried it! Love the idea of making a paste and freezing it!! perfect summer cooler!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 25, 2020 at 10:16 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, a good way to get some raw garlic in the tummy as its really good for the heart.

  • Maria

    June 27, 2020 at 7:38 am

    5 stars
    Chaas is hands down the best summer drink ever! Instantly cooling! I make mine with mint. This is a lovely foavour variation to try.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 27, 2020 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks Maria. For my family it’s a must to have one glass every single day so I sometimes make variations including a mint one.

  • Bless my food by Payal

    July 7, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    5 stars
    Coriander and garlic in a chaas is not just new to me but amazed me as well with the unusual combo. This sounds too awesome and I am sure taste will also be superb

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 7, 2020 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you so much Shailender, started adding when hubby told me that raw garlic is good for the heart.

  • Uma Srinivas

    July 7, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    5 stars
    Garlic in Chaas, I am not sure how it will taste, But sounds interesting! I agree this will have lots of health benefits and perfect for hot weather.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 7, 2020 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks Uma, its not a lot you have to add, just a small clove for two.

  • Vandana

    July 8, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    5 stars
    I love garlic in chaas. I am from Uttarakhand and we love adding garlic to chaas. It tastes amazing. Your coriander garlic chaas looks so tempting. Nice recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 8, 2020 at 7:23 pm

      Thank you so much Vandana.

  • Lathiya

    July 9, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    5 stars
    This is one utmost comfort drinks to have in summer. Healthy and yummy. I love the coriander and garlic flavor.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 10, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks Lathiya.

  • Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey

    July 10, 2020 at 10:29 am

    When I read the Garlic in the title, I was thinking about the taste. Good to know that you’ve only used 1/2 to 1 clove of garlic in this recipe. Quite an unusual recipe but sounds good.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 10, 2020 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks Jagruti, just a tiny amount of garlic but changes the overall taste.

  • sapana

    July 10, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    5 stars
    I have added asafetida and ginger in chass but never ever tried adding garlic. It reminds me of the flavors of burani raita. Will definitely add the garlic next time.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 12, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks Sapana. Try it, its very flavorful.

  • Padma Veeranki

    July 11, 2020 at 1:10 am

    5 stars
    I’am capable of adding garlic to anything and everything…I can’t think cooking without garlic and coriander…two of my most favourite ingredients…This mouthwatering chaas is just for me…Loving it!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 12, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you so much Padma.

  • Seema Sriram

    July 15, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    5 stars
    I seem to be asking the same question too, why not, as we make them summer or winter. It is so useful to maintain that balance in the stomach without overloading it. Light and watery, this is definitely rehydrating as you have explained

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 15, 2020 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you so much Seema.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    July 16, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    5 stars
    I am big fan of chaas and make it many ways. I flavor it with coriander and sometimes use mint. Any way we flavor it, chaas is one of the most hydrating drink in summer or in winter. It is also perfect for digestion.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 16, 2020 at 8:52 pm

      That’s so true Sandhya, we too love our chaas.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    July 17, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    I love chaas and usually have it with some cumin powder, salt and coriander. This looks flavoursome and a good drink for summer.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 17, 2020 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks Jayashree.

  • Sasmita

    August 1, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Coriander and garlic in a chaas sounds a very nice combination. I love garlic flavor, i think must try this combo soon. So refreshing thirst quencher for summer hot days 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 1, 2020 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you so much and yes it does make a flavourful thirst quencher.

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