Sambaram is a refreshing summer drink from Kerala, South India. You can say, it is a different take on Lassi and Chaas which are popular in the northern states of India. Sambaram is also served in the exuberant Onam Sadya.
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Served on a banana leaf, Onam Sadya is a humongous spread of vegetarian dishes. It usually consists of a minimum of 26 dishes of which Sambaram is served at last. It acts as a cooling agent and improves digestion.
As opposed to the Spiced Cooked Buttermilk which is lightly cooked with spices including turmeric and/or a coconut blend, Sambaram is buttermilk spiced with green chilies, ginger and curry leaves. It is usually cooled in a refrigerator for a few hours before serving. As kids, when sister and I came home playing and decorating the Onam Pookalam aka flower carpet, Mom served us with a huge glass of Sambaram. Traditionally it was also served as a welcome drink in our homes. Our grandparents always had a huge Manchatti aka clay pot filled with Sambaram on the verandah with a steel tumbler. The houseboys after toiling in the sun or any weary travelers who passed by would simply scoop up a tall glass of Sambaram to quench their thirst.
Sambaram Drink Recipe
If you do not have time to refrigerate the drink, blend yogurt and water with few ice cubes. Add the rest of the ingredients, and keep aside for five to ten minutes. This helps in infusing the flavor in the drink. Mix and serve.
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