Recipe: How to make Smoked Masala Chaas

This recipe by food blogger Sangita Agrawal is an improvised version of the classic chaas and incorporates a smoky flavour into the refreshing summer drink.

Smoked Masala Chaas

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1½ cup plain dahi or yoghurt
  • 1 green chilly, chopped
  • 3 cups of water
  • ½ tsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp roasted jeera or cumin powder
  • 1 tsp kala namak or black salt
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp green dhania or coriander or cilantro, finely chopped

For the smoky flavour

  • 1 piece of charcoal
  • 4 to 5 drops of ghee or clarified butter
  • A pinch of red chilly powder
  • A small pinch hing or asafoetida
  • A small steel bowl

Method

  • Blend all the ingredients except water, in a blender till smooth.
    Add the water and blend again.
    Adjust the salt and seasoning as per taste.
  • Transfer the chaas into a flat, broad container, such that another smaller bowl can be placed inside it without toppling over.
    Use a cake tin or a baking tray.
  • Heat a piece of charcoal till it turns reddish hot.
  • Place the charcoal ino the smaller steel bowl, and place it inside the big bowl of chaas.
    Try and place the bowl is such a manner that it doesn’t topple over.
    In the small bowl, add the ghee, hing, red chilly powder and cover the larger container/bowl with a large plate.
    Do things quickly while the charcoal is hot, otherwise, the smoke will not be enough to flavour the chaas.
  • After 5 minutes, take off the the plate and take out the small bowl and discard the masala (the hing etc).
  • Pour the smoked chaas into a tall glass and serve.
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Sangita Agrawal lives in Mumbai and publishes the food blog Bliss of Cooking.

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