Taak

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Taak, also called Mattha, is the Maharashtrian version of buttermilk made using yogurt (curd), herbs, and spices. Use my easy recipe to make this refreshing Indian summer drink.

If you want more refreshing summer drink recipes, try these: Aam Panna, Rose Lassi, Sambaram, Sattu Drink, and Lassi.

Taak served in a glass.
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About Taak (Mattha)

Taak (Mattha) is spiced buttermilk made in the Maharashtrian style. This refreshing drink is spicy, tangy, salty, and full of flavors.

I have been fond of buttermilk (masala chaas) since childhood. We always had a pitcher of buttermilk in the fridge throughout the summers. It was mildly spiced with cumin and mint powder.

When I moved to Pune, I came across this new variation of buttermilk, Taak, subtly flavored with green chilies, ginger, and a tempering of cumin seeds and curry leaves (phodnichi mattha). It changed my buttermilk game instantly!

My house help told me it was traditionally prepared by churning malai (milk fat) with a wooden buttermilk churner. The butter was separated, which was used for various recipes, and the leftover sour whey, which is called Matha was used to make spiced taak.

Since churned whey is not readily available, I make taak at home using yogurt, a super-easy way of preparing Maharashtrian buttermilk. And I assure you this one will refresh you instantly, keep you hydrated, and relieve you from the scorching heat.

Ingredients

Yogurt – You can use homemade plain yogurt (curd, dahi) or buy a tub.

Water – If you plan to serve the taak immediately, use chilled water. If refrigerating it and serving it later, regular water also works.

Salt – Season the Taak with regular white salt or black salt.

Cilantro – Cilantro (fresh coriander leaves) adds a refreshing flavor and taste to this drink.

Ginger and Green Chiles – Fresh ginger and green chilies add much-needed heat and spicy flavor to this Maharashtrian buttermilk. Adjust the amount as per your liking.

Cumin Powder – Make Roasted Cumin Powder at home using my simple recipe for the best flavor.

You can also add a little dry Mint Powder, which adds a beautiful flavor.

Tempering Ingredients – Tempered taak is also called Masala Phodnichi Taak. To temper it, you will need oil, cumin seeds, and curry leaves.

How To Make Taak

Transfer 1 cup of plain yogurt and 2 cups of chilled water to a large bowl. Whisk well using a wire whisk.

Note – I like little pieces of yogurt coming into my mouth, so I don’t whisk yogurt before adding water. Having said that, if you prefer smooth buttermilk, then whisk the yogurt until smooth and then mix it with water.

Note – Some local dairies in India sell plain taak. If you have access to it, use it in place of yogurt and water and add the remaining ingredients to make masala taak.

water and yogurt whisked in a bowl.

Add the following ingredients to the bowl and mix well.

  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon chopped green chilies

Check for salt and add more required. Set aside.

Some people don’t like cilantro, ginger, etc., coming into their mouth while sipping the buttermilk. In that case, you can strain it using a fine-mesh strainer after refrigerating it for 1-2 hours so that all their flavors steep well in the buttermilk.

You can also puree cilantro, ginger, and green chili peppers in a blender and add them to the yogurt and water mixture.

Salt, cilantro, cumin powder, ginger and green chili added to the bowl.

To temper the taak, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat.

Once the oil is hot, add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and 5-6 chopped curry leaves and let them crackle for 3-4 seconds.

Cumin seeds and curry leaves added to hot oil.

Pour the tempering over the buttermilk and mix well.

tempering poured over ready taak.

Chill the buttermilk for a few hours before serving. You can refrigerate it for up to 2 days. Do not freeze it, as its texture might change after thawing.

Ready taak.

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Taak Recipe (Maharashtrian Buttermilk, Mattha)

Taak, also called Mattha, is the Maharashtrian version of buttermilk made using yogurt (curd), herbs, and spices. Use my easy recipe to make this refreshing Indian summer drink.
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 4 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup plain yogurt (dahi, curd)
  • 2 cups chilled water
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro (fresh coriander leaves)
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped green chilies

For Tempering

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 5-6 curry leaves (chopped)
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Instructions 

  • Whisk yogurt and chilled water in a large bowl.
  • Stir in salt, cilantro, cumin powder, ginger, and green chilies.
  • Check for salt and add more required. Set aside.
  • Heat oil for tempering in a small skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and curry leaves and let them crackle for 3-4 seconds.
  • Pour the tempering over the yogurt mixture and stir well.
  • Chill for a few hours before serving. You can strain it just before serving if you don’t like cilantro and chili coming into your mouth.

Video

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Notes

Some people don’t like cilantro, ginger, etc., coming into their mouths while sipping buttermilk. In that case, you can strain the mixture using a fine-mesh strainer after refrigerating it for 1-2 hours so that all the flavors steep well in the buttermilk.
You can also puree cilantro, ginger, and green chilies in a blender and add them to the yogurt and water mixture.

Nutrition

Calories: 49kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 39mg, Potassium: 95mg, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 108IU, Vitamin C: 25mg, Calcium: 83mg, Iron: 1mg
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