Cucumber Coriander Chaas

January 12, 2015mayurisjikoni
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What is Chaas?

Chaas is a yogurt based drink that is very popular in the Indian Sub Continent. Its known as majjiga in Telegu, moru in Tamil, majjige in Kannada, its a common drink served with any meal. Usually chaas is more watery than lassi. Lassi tends to be thick and can be sweet or salty. Usually chaas is salty. Depending on the ingredients you add, chaas taste and flavour will vary. Whenever you hear the word buttermilk in India, its usually referred to chaas.

Different flavors of Chaas

Chaas is served every single day for lunch in my home. The weather in Mombasa being hot and humid, chaas is a welcoming cool and nutritious drink. I vary the flavors from simple chaas with salt and cumin powder, to mint flavored, or vaghareli chaas, to beetroot chaas. Hubby doesn’t like to eat cucumber on its own so I try to include it either raita or in chaas. Yes, you can add cucumber in your chaas. Try coriander garlic chaas, with a bit of garlic it tastes awesome. Try Sasmita’s Masala Chaas which very flavorful. Poonam’s Maharashtrian Mattha is simply chaas with added spices and herbs.

My Dubai Trip

Before we go into how to make this cooling, nutritious chaas, let me tell you a bit about my trip to Dubai. Our trip to Dubai in December was a fun, relaxing and an enjoyable experience. Meeting up with family is always a happy affair but leaving them equally sad. We got to spend a lot of time with my daughter in law’s parents and her brother. My son and daughter in law would meet us in the evenings on the days they had to work. It was my hubby’s first trip to Dubai. He was amazed at the number of lanes on the highway, the cleanliness, security and the parks.

What baffled us was how green the parks were. What struck me was that the rest of the world is cutting down its trees mindlessly and here people are making an effort to grow trees in a desert. Lovely sunsets, walking at the Beach, The Walk, the malls, the souks, all a wonderful experience. I loved the Ibn Battuta mall, visited the Atlantis, and the fountain show made my day as it played the song  Dhoom Tana. Bollywood song in Dubai… enjoyed it thoroughly.

Different cuisines to try out, some days we cooked a light meal in our hotel apartment. Even the small supermarket near the hotel was well stocked. Ladurée macarons and Iraqi tea in Dubai. Delicious Arabian desserts, Indian meals, Lebanese meals, mega size pizzas, Starbucks hot chocolate, haagen dazs ice cream, the list is endless. Where can you get all this in one place? Dubai it is. However, must say I still prefer the Dubai Mall aquarium.

Cucumber Coriander Chaas

Its very easy to make a cucumber coriander chaas. Simply puree a bit of cucumber and coriander together with water. Add yogurt, salt, and flavoring of your choice and its ready. I usually like to chill it in the fridge till required. However, if you want to serve it immediately, use ice cold water and serve with ice cubes. Add little green chili and not too much as you don’t the chilliness to overpower the taste of cucumber and coriander.

Dietary Tips:

  • Gluten Free
  • Satvik
  • Healthy drink

updated 25/06/2018

I’ve only updated the photos and the write up but the recipe remains the same.

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CUCUMBER CORIANDER CHAAS
2 Servings

½ cup chopped cucumber
¼ cup chopped coriander (dhania)
1 cup yogurt
¼-½ green chilli
¼ tsp salt
½ cup water

  1. Put the cucumber, chilli, coriander and water in a liquidizer and process till the mixture is smooth.
  2. Add salt and yogurt and process the mixture for a brief period.
  3. Serve with ice cubes or keep in the fridge till required.
Tips:
  • I did not peel the cucumber as the skin was thin.
  • Adjust the amount of chilli according to your taste.
  • Add cumin powder if you like.
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cucumber coriander Chaas

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27 Comments

  • Linsy Patel

    January 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Yummy chas. Perfect in summer

     
  • Nayna Kanabar

    January 12, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Wow sounds like a wonderful holiday. The chas looks delicious, like a skinny cucumber raita almost.

     
  • Sona S

    January 12, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Such a refreshing chaas, perfect for the weather here now.. I like sight seeing more but yeah bit of shopping also is fun!

     
  • Sangeetha M

    January 14, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Love this simple and humble drink anytime…seems you had a wonderful vacation, nice pictures 🙂

     
  • Vardhini

    January 31, 2015 at 4:05 am

    I can have this anytime. Love yogurt. Thanks for linking.

     
  • Srivalli Jetti

    June 26, 2018 at 9:29 am

    This is a perfect drink for anytime. You have clicked it so well. Nice to read about your trip to Dubai. Guess its like what they don’t have they treasure it much.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 27, 2018 at 6:25 am

      Thank you so much Srivalli.

       
  • Varada

    June 27, 2018 at 1:55 am

    Both cucumber and yogurt are perfect for summer. Enjoyed reading your travel notes.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 27, 2018 at 6:18 am

      Thanks Varada.

       
  • simplytadka2

    June 27, 2018 at 2:35 am

    Its mine fav and refreshing drink… i can drink anytime.. love the color.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 27, 2018 at 6:18 am

      Thanks Preeti.

       
  • Harini

    June 28, 2018 at 5:24 am

    Your description of your vacation in Dubai is really nice. The chaas is our latest favorite.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 29, 2018 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks Harini.

       
  • Renu

    June 28, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    When on holidays I love Sightseeing. Coming to the Chaas, it is such refreshing and cool. I have made raita of cucumber but not chaas. Looks tempting.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 29, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks Renu, try it… its a bit thick but also very cooling.

       
  • gayathriraani

    June 30, 2018 at 6:18 am

    I love reading your travel posts Mayuri. Nice to know about Dubai’s food scenerio. This chaas is one of the comfort drinks perfect for scorching heat..

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 6, 2018 at 1:16 am

      Thanks Gayathri.

       
  • Priya Suresh

    June 30, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Such a super duper refreshing summer drink. A prefect cooler while the weather is too hot outside. Incredible drink there.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 6, 2018 at 1:15 am

      Thanks Priya.

       
  • Ritu Tangri

    July 4, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    You have said it right that here we are cutting trees and in desert people are trying to grow trees. In my city, today volunteers held chipko movement to protect trees that Govt is planning to cut for expansion of roads.
    Chaas with cucumber and coriander is quite refreshing and apt for hot summer months.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 6, 2018 at 12:52 am

      Thank you so much Ritu.

       
  • chefmireille

    July 6, 2018 at 2:25 am

    I prefer sightseeing – Shopping I can do at home – coming to the recipe so cooling and refreshing especially good now in the summer heat

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 7, 2018 at 1:56 am

      Definitely a cooling drink for the heat wave that many parts of US and Canada are going through.

       
  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    July 7, 2018 at 12:58 am

    This is absolutely something that I am needing right now. We are close to 100 and just the sound of this chaas is so refreshing.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 7, 2018 at 1:54 am

      Thanks Sandhya, for the past few days there’s been a heat wave in Montreal too. Today was a bit cooler.

       
  • cookingwithsapana

    July 8, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    I usually add coriander and mint in my masala chass but adding cucumber is a nice and refreshing and tasty idea.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 10, 2018 at 6:03 am

      Thanks Sapana, as Mombasa weather is really hot, I add cucumber as a coolant.

       

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