Monday 5 May 2014

Roasted Beetroot Chaas

Summers is not really my favourite month but Summers have a lot of sweet memory attached to it and remind me of the fun filled and careless childhood days. Summers then meant packing up our bags and traveling by the Sleeper class for 2 nights and reach our heaven haven in Punjab. The Summer vacations was spent running out and playing in the scorching sun and enjoying yummy delicacies made by Nani and Masi's. In those days we had no distraction from the television or the internet and enjoyed our silly games with all cousins. Summer Vacations will truly be the best days of my life!
With Vaanya, my daughter, growing up and soon to join a school, I look forward to give Vaanya a truly wonderful and memorable Summer vacation experience. I hope when she grows up, she will fondly recollect her best days of life with equal enthusiasm.
Summers are also synonymous with cool drinks. Being a Sikh, Lassi was a drink that was always ready at home. My grandmother would ensure that she uses enough milk to set homemade curd which was used generously in Summers. While I always loved my Lassi sweet and thick, others at home loved to gulp down a salty and thin version along with lunch. My grandmothers 'Madhani' was always ready to churn up a yummy cooling Lassi. 
My grandmother also made homemade white butter which now my mother continues to make very diligently. The top layer on milk called 'Malai' collected for a few days was churned to get the pristine white unsalted butter. The water remaining while churning butter was used in her salty lassi which I learnt later is called 'Chaas' in Hindi. Extremely popular esp in the northern part of the country because of its scorching heat in Summers, Chaas is a drink that is not only loved for its taste but for its health benefits too as it cools the body.
This chaas is normally made with boiled beetroot puree but the Baker in me made me experiment with a roasted beetroot version.

Recipe source : Adapted from GoodFood magazine 

Ingredients : For 3-4 servings
  • 1 small beetroot, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup curd (I used homemade)
  • 2 cups water (or more)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • few curry leaves 8-10
  • 1/4 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 green chilly chopped (optional)
  • salt to taste


Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius. Take a baking tray and line it with aluminium foil. 
Toss the quartered beetroots with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 
Place on the baking tray and loosely cover with the foil. Let the beetroots roast for 30 minutes. 
Take them out carefully and allow to cool.
When they have cooled down, pulse them in the mixer to make a smooth paste.
Whisk curd and water in a bowl to make a thin chaas. 
Add the beetroot paste to it and mix it well.
Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. As they splutter, add curry leaves, grated ginger and chopped green chilly. Cook for a minute and then add this to the chaas.
Refrigerate the chaas and serve chilled. 

  • You can use buttermilk in place of curd and water.
  • You may boil the beetroot in boiling water or pressure cook it, peel the skin and puree it. 
This recipe is part of the exciting ongoing event at Kolkata Food Bloggers called 'Beat the Heat'.

 Enjoy Summers


  1. Wow; what a creative invention. I sure learned that beets are perfect in chaas.

    1. Thank you, I was amazed at the discovery myself : )

  2. Hello Amrita, Your post makes me nostalgic and gush of sweet memories take me back to our summer break. Climbing trees, making bridges on the brook, plucking mangoes, playing imaginary games..... made our days so beautiful. Your Chaas is so healthy and colourful. Your discription of butter being churned at home and buttermilk prepared looks like a page from our neighbour's life. They are Sikhs and very close to us.Thanks for the lovely share Amrita.

    1. Namita, it is so lovely to hear your description. I can only imagine the fun we will have when we catch up with so many stories to share :)

  3. Very colourful and droolworthy chaas, love to have a huge glass of..



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