Saturday, 11 January 2014

Masala Taaka


Taaka in konkani is nothing  but "Butter-milk" in English and "Majjige " kannada. I cherish those momments when my mother used  to prepare varieties of Buttermilk , flavouring it with Ginger, Garlic, Asoefoetida, and a variety different seasonings. As a child I never liked the smell of Butter-milk, ut when you grow up you start liking things which you  never liked as a kid. Butter milk is usually had after lunch, becuase it helps digestion . My mom says that buttermilk should be taken after lunch and not after dinner. Butter milk can taste better by adding some additional flavours as we will see now. So lets quickly check how to make Taaka.

Hinga Thaaka

Add a pinch of powdered asfoetida(Hing) to glass of buttermilk.Add Salt to taste. Serve chilled or at room temperature after a heavy afternoon lunch.

Phanna Thaaka

Heat  a 2 teaspoon of oil , add mustard seeds, when they splutter add methi seeds, add half teaspoon on chopped green chillies, add 2 cloves of crushed Garlic. Add Salt to taste .Close the heat and add it to 3 cups of buttermilk. If you want your lunch to be simple and healthy try this with rice .

Allen(Ginger) Thaaka

Crush an inch of Ginger, finely chop some coriander leaves . Add these to buttermilk with Salt to taste. Serve alongside lunch.

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