I am not in my best attitude these days. The heat has gotten to my head, making me less energetic, less passionate and at times, very grumpy. Poor husband! I am staying away from the kitchen as much possible, not cooking a lot and I try not to turn on the oven ( Honestly, I miss that!). I think, this is the second time in my life that I am not happy with the season, first time being when I was in 9th standard and we spent a summer in humid Kolkata. Trust me, it’s been a brutal summer for the past few weeks. A heavy shower would certainly help but there is no sign of cloud either. All I see is scorching sun and temperature shooting higher. Oh boy! If there is anything (and I mean it) that is keeping me calm and hydrated, that’s helping me to stay sane, it’s this famous Indian drink called Mattha. Thanks to whoever invented this beverage.
Mattha, which is also known as Chaanch is classically made with buttermilk. But it’s also extremely good with yogurt. Don’t confuse yourself with the famous Indian beverage – Lassi as in this case, yogurt is diluted with water making it lighter than Lassi. I like to spice it with fresh ginger, roasted cumin and green chili and flavor it with fresh cilantro. It’s refreshing, healthy and is definitely helping me beat the peak summer heat.
The good thing about Mattha is that it hardly needs any effort to prepare it. I am not sure if we can even call it a recipe cause really all you need to do it mix everything and let it chill in the refrigerator for a while. That’s it! I like to allow the drink to rest overnight because by next day it’s perfectly infused with all the spices and the herbs. You can taste the ginger, smell the cilantro and the chopped green chili gives that subtle kick.
Strain if you want (I don’t care to), drop some ice cubes and gulp!
So tell me, how are you guys dealing with the heat or is it raining in your part of the world?