Mattha (Maharashtrian Spiced Buttermilk)

Mattha (Maharashtrian Spiced Buttermilk)

Mattha (Maharashtrian Spiced Buttermilk)

What follows post Diwali is a whole lot of guilt feeling due to excessive sweets and snacks consumption. Our body was crying for a detox and I am slowly planning the meals at home to cut carbs, sugar. Key focus is to concentrate on vegetables, buttermilk and some home made smoothies that are sugar free. Do check out the Mixed Fruit Smoothie with No added Sugar on the blog. A perfect breakfast on the go option and great for detox too.

The recipe I have shared today, is called Mattha which is a popular and refreshing drink from Maharashtra. It is a deliciously spiced buttermilk or Chaas in Hindi that is just perfect for a detox and the hot weather in Mumbai.

Mattha Maharashtrian Spiced Buttermilk
Mattha Buttermilk Recipe from Maharashtra

Mattha is usually had after a heavy meal to aid digestion. One can also opt to have it post lunch, as a mid morning snack or simply when the weather demands. It soothes and cools the body. Curd is a natural probiotic that helps in promoting gut bacteria. Mattha or Chaas never goes out of style and is one of the most easiest forms of detox at home.

So, Mattha is made with basic ingredients like roasted jeera powder, ginger, coriander, salt and ofcourse, Yogurt! During summers, we store the mattha in earthern pots so that they naturally remain cool. In fact, we South Indians make something similar to Mattha called Neer Mor, which is equally tasty and delicious.

How to make Mattha

Dahi or Thayir as we South Indians call it, is always available in our refrigerator at home. Most families make it a point to set the curd at night before sleeping.

Mattha is good to consume for people of all ages. Be it a child (good dose of Calcium) or senior citizen, this is one drink that has no restrictions. Diabetics, in fact, are advised to consume dahi / buttermilk to keep them full for longer and ensure the blood sugars are in check.

So head over to the simple recipe below and make a fresh batch of Mattha. Eat light and detoxify your system this week.

Taking this Mattha to the #170FoodieMondayBlogHop where the theme is #DetoxRecipes.

Recipe for Mattha (Maharashtrian Spiced Buttermilk)

Ingredients (4 glasses of Mattha)

  1. 1 cup of Fresh Yoghurt or Dahi
  2. 1.5 cups of Water
  3. 1 tsp of Roasted Jeera Powder
  4. 1 tblsp of grated ginger
  5. A pinch of hing or asafetida
  6. 1 tblsp or more of finely chopped coriander leaves
  7. Kala Namak or Black Salt to taste


  1. Whisk the curd / dahi / Yoghurt and add roasted jeera powder, ginger, hing and coriander leaves.
  2. Mix well and now add the water to adjust the consistency as desired.
  3. Add salt to taste. You can add iodized salt or Himalayan pink salt too if you prefer instead of kala Namak or black salt.
  4. Whisk again, refrigerate for couple of hours and serve chilled along with meals or as a mid morning snack / drink with couple of nuts.

Recipe Notes

  1. The curd used for the Mattha is made with Cow Milk.
  2. If you prefer adding some green chillies, please do so. I avoid it when serving to guests etc as all cannot handle the spice.
  3. Adding hing and ginger aids digestion and this is a perfect appetizer drink too.
  4. Serving in earthern pots and glasses helps it to further elevate the taste and ensures the Mattha or chaas remains naturally cool.

Vidya Narayan


Views: 4475

Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. A glass of buttermilk always eases up the stomach after a heavy meal. Perfect share for the theme! The matta looks delicious!

    1. Thanks Priya, yes the Mattha is a perfect detox.

    1. Thanks, shall check your version too

  2. I am a mad person for buttermilk. Just love it. I love spiced one too but without salt 😍😍😍 looks so tempting. Perfect for all seasons. Beautiful clicks

    1. Buttermilk is my fav too Ruchi. Thank you dear.

  3. Very nice recipe!! A must have at my home for everyday lunch!! I also add some fresh mint leaves along with coriander.

    1. Thanks dear. I love the addition of mint too

  4. I love this. In kerala neer mor is known as sambharam. Kadipatha in crushed form is an additional ingredient

    1. Thanks and same here. The Sambharam has a unique taste only due to the curry leaves. I think I should blog that next now. Thanks for the idea.

  5. A glass of buttermilk anytime and for a madrasi it is always:). The ginger and coriander will be adding to the flavour too. Lovely share Vidya

    1. You said it Veena! This has been our way of detox since ages. I loved your post too, the moringa addition was ultimate.

  6. A glass of chaas is what is one my table every single day. Usually we enjoy with lunch or I sometimes have it before lunch. I haven’t tried with some ginger. Tomorrow’s chaas will have some ginger. Yogurt is the best for a good cleanse of the tummy after all the over indulgence.

    1. Chaas and dahi is a must at our place too, in fact we consume less milk and more of curds etc, Thanks so much and glad you liked the recipe.

  7. Perfect detox drink. Loved your presentation and those earthen pot and glass. I usually make chhach with black or pink salt and mint. Your looks so inviting. Superb share

    1. Pudina in Chaas is my favourite too and once again, a great detox. Thanks so much Sujataji

    1. Mine too, thanks Chitra

  8. Uber cool. It is getting hot here and getting boring with the same combo of neer moor. I love the way the herbs float on top and flavour the entire buttermilk. Btw, love the claypot to keep cool

    1. Thank you dear, claypot totally saves us from the heat and humidity and I chuck this in the refrigerator too at times when the weather is crazy. Cools my nerves. ha ha !

  9. Mattha is a delicious way to detox the body after a heavy and spicy meal. Love it anyday. Perfect share for the theme Vidya !

    1. thank you Poonam

  10. Totally refreshing drink, and not just in summer – to me this is an any season drink! The addition of kala namak would give a very special flavour. Now why have I not thought of that earlier? Tempting looking images, Vidya, makes we want to prepare and drink a huge glass of the mattha now!

    1. Go ahead and prepare this and I am sure you would love it. Thank you dear.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Close Menu

Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today for free and be the first to get notified on new updates.