Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sambharam / Morum Vellam / Spiced Buttermilk / Pacha Moru

It is getting hotter day by day. All you want is to drink water and juice. If we go out for few minutes, we return all tired and burnt. The first thing then to have is something cold to gulp down. The thoughts would have options of lime soda, juice, sambharam/moru etc. 

Liking towards Sambharam is one common thing between me and Jacob. On a lazy/busy day if I don't make any charu to go with rice then making a sambharam is all what I do, because yogurt is always there at home.

The thought of having Sambharam usually had not crossed our minds. But the other day, when we were seeing an old malayalam film, a lady was offering sambharam to her husband after he returns back from a tiring day at the farm. Thats when we thought, Sambharam is one good option to cool oneself down in the summer.

  1. 2 glasses of chilled buttermilk 
  2. 1 green chilly, finely chopped
  3. 1/4 tsp of finely chopped ginger
  4. 1 shallot, finely sliced
  5. 1 sprig of curry leaves
  6. Salt to taste

  • Using a whisk, lightly whisk the buttermilk and salt to make it a bit frothy.
  • In a mortor-pestle, lightly crush the shallots and ginger.
  • Add the crushed shallots, ginger, green chilly and curry leaves to the buttermilk and mix it.
  • Serve it cold.
  1. The buttermilk used here is made by mixing 3 parts of low fat curd to 1 part of water. If you want a more diluted version, you could add more water to it.


  1. It was a common practice in olden days to offer sambharam but later on it was not treated well once lime juice came :)
    We are having a spike in temp here too.Sambharam kannumbol kudikan thonnu.
    Pazhaya cinema kandalum bloggerku idea varum he hee :))

  2. My everyday after lunch drink......... Looks yummm!

  3. refreshing! I need that pls. pass me that

  4. refreshing one,perfect thirst quencher it!

  5. I love to have a glass of sambharam after a meal. Best drink to have during summer. Beautifully presented..!!!

  6. Super refreshing sambharam........ beautiful food styling........ please pass me that glass.... :)

  7. Which Malayali doesn't like this? It is getting hotter here too... just don't have the time to make juices, by the time glasses of water would have gone in!

  8. Superb drink. My all time favourite.

  9. Sambharam looks delicious. Very nice. my grandma makes moreoften.

  10. What a beautiful way to enjoy buttermilk!

  11. Absolutely refreshing! Addition of shallots is a totally new twist.

  12. This captured my eye the first day it was on FB, but didn't come around to commenting here. You made sambharam magnificent- pictures are gorgeous!


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