Chaas – A Yogurt Based Indian Recipe

Chaas is a yogurt (curd) based dish/drink! Yes, it can be had as a curry or as a drink! It is a refreshing dish/drink, great for the summer and is an ideal accompaniment with Masala Khichadi…the spice of the Masala Kichadi and the soothing taste of the Chaas, things don’t get any better than that!

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time – 5 min
Serves – 4


Yogurt/Curd – 1 cup, well-beaten
Water – 1 cup
Roasted Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – to taste
Oil – 2 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Cloves – 4
Cinnamon Stick – 1″ pc.
Dry Red Chili – 1 or to taste
Curry Leaves – few
Garlic – 2 cloves, finely chopped
Green Chillies – to taste, finely chopped
Cilantro/Coriander Leaves – for garnish


1. While whisking the well-beaten Yogurt, add in the Water to desired consistency.
2. Add in the Roasted Cumin Powder and Salt and mix well. Keep aside.
3. In a small skillet, heat Oil on medium heat.
4. Add in the Cumin Seeds and allow them to sizzle for a few seconds.
5. Add in the Cloves (smash the bulbs), Cinnamon Stick and Dry Red Chili.
6. Also add in the powder from the Cloves, Curry Leaves, Garlic & Green Chillies and cook for 30 secs.
7. Turn off the flame and then add in the chopped Cilantro Leaves and mix well.
8. Add the seasoning to the Yogurt/Water mixture.
9. Mix well and serve with Masala Khichadi or just have it as a drink!


1. To make the yogurt less sour, add in milk while making Chaas, Raita or Yogurt Rice.
2. Remove the bulbs from the Cloves before putting them in oil as they tend to pop.
3. Mixing in the Cilantro to the seasoning, helps retain it’s color.
4. Buttermilk can also be substituted for the yogurt and water.

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0 thoughts on “Chaas – A Yogurt Based Indian Recipe

  1. Thanks for your amazing recipes. I have been trying out many of them. They turn out great. Keep uploading delicious recipes regularly.

  2. Thanks for your amazing recipes. I have been trying out many of them. They turn out great. Keep up the great work and keep uploading delicious recipes regularly.

  3. Hello,

    The yogurt I made went sour as i think I kept it outside for too long. It is yogurt from 1 gallon of milk. I read in your tips that I can add milk to make the chaas less sour. How much milk can I add to it?

    Thanks and have a good day,

    1. Hi Newbee,

      You can add as much milk as you need to get it to the sourness you want. Just keep tasting it until you get it right. You might want to try half milk and half water so that the chaas does not have too much of a “milky’ taste.

  4. Hi Anuja and Hetal,
    Chaas is a dish I am not very familiar with. So, is it served room temperature or cold and in a bowl or a glass as a drink?

    1. Hi Judy,

      Chaas is traditionally served in a bowl at room-temperature with khichdi (otherwise it tends to cool down your khichdi). You can alternatively drink it from a glass. It is a form of spicy lassi.

  5. Hi both of u,
    I usually add a few mint leaves to give it a uniquely fresh flavour….but awesum drink, that goes with almost every gujarati dish..!!

  6. It came out very good… My husband loved it and told me he drank like this one after so many years..

    Thank you Anuja and Hetal…

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