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Buttermilk With Indian Spices

Neer Moru Recipe | Spiced Buttermilk

Neer mooru known as buttermilk in english is a common summer drink in South India. It is a simple concoction of water and yogurt mixed with salt and other Indian spices like mustard and cumin seeds and perfumed with herbs like curry leaves and cilantro.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 4


  • 16 oz low fat buttermilk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp asafoetida powder
  • 1 dry red chilli
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cups water


  • If using yogurt, beat them with 2 cups water with a mixer grinder (for about 5 minutes at maximum speed) to make it frothy and smooth. Set aside. If using buttermilk, pour in 2 cups water and stir with a spatula to combine. Set aside. You can add 1 more cup of water if needed.
  • Heat oil in a small saucepan. Once they sizzle, add the curry leaves and let it crisp. Then throw in the mustard seeds and let it pop.
  • Next add cumin seeds, dry chili powder, asafoetida and turmeric powder. Saute for 30-45 seconds and switch off the flame.
  • Add the above mixture, salt and cilantro to the whisked yogurt or buttermilk and stir to combine.
  • Serve in a pitcher glass and enjoy it cold.


  1. We like the buttermilk to be watery, so I add little bit more water (about another cup or so) and adjust the salt level accordingly.
  2. My list of food for Phase 1 is healthy and can be made well balanced with rice/brown rice/quinoa. Then it becomes ideal for women with gestational diabetes. This can be a sample menu for gestational diabetes
  3. This is also a type 2 diabetes food guide. Just add little bit whole grains like brown rice, kaikuthal rice, quinoa, barley along with tons of vegetables and little fruits (sometimes)
Keyword Buttermilk
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