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Bowls of fenugreek flavored buttermilk

Menthi Majjiga

Menthi majjiga is a fenugreek flavored buttermilk. It is a refreshing summer drink from South India.
Course Beverage
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 168kcal
Author Usha Rao


  • Whisk
  • Bowl
  • Pan for Tempering



  • 1 ½ cups Yogurt I used nonfat homemade yogurt
  • 1 - 1 ½ cups Water
  • tsp. Cumin crushed
  • ½ tsp. Salt adjust to taste
  • Few drops about ¼ teaspoon Lime Juice


  • 2 tsp. Oil
  • tsp. Mustard Seeds
  • – ¼ tsp. Ajwain / Carom Seeds I used less than ¼ tsp
  • – ¼ tsp. Fenugreek Seeds
  • tsp. Cumin Seeds
  • Dash of Asafoetida / Hing I didn’t use
  • 1 – 2 small Green Chilies chopped (adjust to taste)
  • 4 Curry Leaves torn into 2-3 pieces
  • 2-3 tsp. chopped Cilantro


  • Take yogurt in a bowl, add water and whisk lightly to make buttermilk.
  • Add freshly ground cumin powder, lime juice, salt, mix and keep aside.
  • Take oil in a pan for tempering.
  • When oil is hot, add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, ajwain and let the fenugreek seeds turn light brown.
  • Reduce the flame, add cumin seeds, asafoetida, stir and turn off the flame.
  • Add curry curry, green chilies, chopped cilantro let the chilies roast in the oil.
  • Pour it over buttermilk, stir and refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Fenugreek Seeds - Substitute seeds with a pinch of roasted fenugreek powder.
  • Herbs - Not everyone likes herbs in their drink. Adjust herbs or skip all together.
  • Side Dish - When making a side dish, use thick buttermilk and do not skip the herbs.


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 655mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 598IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 1mg