April 20, 2013

Neer Mor / Neer Majjige (Spiced Butter Milk) - Ramanavmi Prasad

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Traditionally buttermilk is the residue that is left after churning out the butter/cream from yogurt.
Buttermilk / Mor / Chaas is a favorite summer cooler in most parts of Indian sub continent.

Come summer, we can find stalls along the streets serving cool buttermilk  churned out from huge earthen pots to the weary travelers during the scorching summer months.

Neer Mor (Neer - water ; Mor - Buttermilk) is the South Indian version of  savory butter milk. During summer even temples serve Neer Mor as prasadam to the devotees after the daily veneration and pooja rituals at the temple.
In South India the flavor of curry leaves and ginger will be predominant in the buttermilk while in North India ,roasted cumin powder ,black salt, chat masala etc are used for flavoring the buttermilk.

 In North India  Masala chaas  and Pudina Chaas are the favorite versions of savory buttermilk..Sweetened version of buttermilk is called Lassi and it is slightly dense and creamier than the chaas /mor.

Neer Mor is offered as a Prasadam /Neivedhiyam along with Panakam ,Kosamri (Vada Paruppu) on Rama Navami- Birth of Lord Sri Rama.

(write up and photos updated on April 8th 2022)

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time: Nil
Serves : 4


1/2 cup thick curd / non flavored yogurt
1 tsp grated ginger
2-3 green chillies finely chopped
4-5 curry leaves finely chopped
corriander/cilantro leaves chopped
pinch of asafoetida
4 cups water
salt to taste


  • Add the ginger,  green chillies and curry leaves in a blender jar and give it a  quick pulse in your blender to a form a paste.
  • In a big pitcher or wide mixing bowl whisk the yogurt along with the green chilli paste, salt and asafoetida till they mix well.
  • Slowly add the water and using a manual whisk or hand blender, blend it until frothy.
  • Garnish with fresh corriander and serve chilled.
  • In case,you donot have a hand blender,beat the curd well along with other ingredients except water using a spoon until creamy.
  • Slowly add the water and stir well until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Mustard seeds,seasoned in oil can also be added to the buttermilk for added flavor and taste.

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  1. Summer months we always have some variety of buttermilk in the fridge. I love this classic neer moru always.

  2. Neer Mor is the need of the hour. Perfect summer drink to beat the heat. I love spiced butter milk.

  3. Love neer mor. We have it practically every day during the hot season. Love the flavour of ginger and curry leaves.

  4. Neer Mor is the perfect drink for summer. I love the spicy veersion though I do not add ginger regularly.


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