Lassi 2,A Savoury Yoghurt Drink-Maththa, Traditional Style
Namkeen or Mattha or Chach
Mattha is a refreshingly cool, savoury drink, an end product of making butter from yoghurt/dahi. In the days when people kept cows or buffaloes in their back yard for their family's milk requirements, surplus milk was first made into yoghurt and then churned with hand churners, to take the butter out. The liquid left over from this process was/is called mattha or buttermilk. Any surplus mattha was distributed amongst neighbours and servants. I remember my mum making fresh butter/mattha most mornings, because my parents kept a cow or a water-buffalo until we moved to a big city. These days, it can be made by simply diluting the skimmed milk yoghurt with water and beating/blending it. Maththa is very good for soothing an upset stomach because it has lactobacilli, the good bacteria of the stomach and it is lower in fat than yoghurt, easier to digest. Serves 2
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