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Buttermilk

Also Known As : Chaas or Chaach (Hindi), Majjiga (Telugu), Neer Mooru (Tamil), Morum Vellum (Malayalam), Majjige Huli (Kannada), Chasa (Gujrati), Thaak (Marathi), Ghola (Bengali)

Vegetarian

Taste Profile

It has a tart flavor with a mix of a sour and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Usage Tips

  1. It is used as a main ingredient in biscuits, muffins, quick breads, and pancakes.
  2. It can also be used in batters for fried foods or as a creamy base in soups, potato salad, or salad dressings.
  3. It's a staple in salad dressings, dips, and Southern pies.
  4. Buttermilk can also be enjoyed as a drink, especially to improve gut health and aid indigestion.
  5. Buttermilk curdles in case of quick heating. To incorporate it into soups and other hot dishes, warm the buttermilk separately in a sauce pan over medium low heat first.
  6. Buttermilk lasts longer in the refrigerator than other dairy products. Stored properly, powdered buttermilk can last for years.

Description

Buttermilk is a dairy product that was traditionally made up of the liquid leftover after the whole milk has been churned into butter. But, buttermilk is thicker than milk. Although this type of buttermilk is rarely found in Western countries today it is still found in the parts of Nepal, Pakistan, and India. In recent times, buttermilk is usually made by introducing a bacteria culture to low-fat milk and then heating the mixture. Buttermilk that is made out of natural milk has four different varieties full cream buttermilk with added sugar, no cream buttermilk, and buttermilk made up of half proportion of water and no fat buttermilk. Buttermilk can be made at home with the simplest ingredients and methods. For instance, take one cup of milk and add one tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to it. Allow it to set at room temperature. This method gives acidified buttermilk which can be used for making biscuits and pancakes. Another method for making buttermilk at home is to take ¾ cup of yogurt and thin it out with ¼ cup of milk (or even plain water). Just like the previous method this is not pure buttermilk but can be used in recipes for sure. One of the simplest household methods would be to add an acid to milk and let it curdle.

Health benefits

  • Buttermilk being a good source of calcium and phosphorus it helps in maintaining bone strength and prevents degenerative bone diseases like osteoporosis. (1)
  • Fermented dairy products like buttermilk may have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin cells present on the inner lining of the mouth. Fermented dairy foods have been associated with a significant reduction of periodontitis (periodontitis is the inflammation of your gums and supporting structures of your teeth). (1)
  • Sphingolipid compounds present in buttermilk are responsible for inhibiting the absorption of cholesterol in the gut. This reduces the amount of LDL cholesterol in the blood and helps to maintain blood pressure. (1)
  • It is also packed with sufficient amounts of riboflavin which supports liver function and helps in detoxification of the body. It also helps the body to make uric acid which is a strong antioxidant. (2) 
  • It is loaded with electrolytes like phosphorus, sodium, potassium and is one of the best drinks to fight against the heat and loss of water from the body especially during the summer season. (3) 
  • Buttermilk soothes the stomach and combats acid reflux. It helps to decrease the burning sensation and eases the stomach lining which may have become irritated because of spicy or oily food. (3) 

Selection Guide

Be sure to check the "use by" date before buying the buttermilk. Many people cannot digest full-fat buttermilk, thus it is important to read the label carefully.

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