Menthi Majjiga


Menthi majjiga also known as seasoned buttermilk/majjiga charu. There is no cooking involved in preparing this aromatic dish. Methi seeds, ajwain and other seasoning enchances the flavor. Raw ajwain has a very pungent flavor, but is more aromatic and less delicate in taste, as well as slightly bitter . Even a small amount of raw ajwain will completely dominate the flavor of a dish.


2 cups buttermilk (sour)
1/4 tsp methi seeds (fenugreek)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp vaamu (Ajwain seeds)
1 dried chilli (broken)
Pinch of hing
2-3 green chillies (Chopped)
Few curry leaves
Salt to taste
Pinch of turmeric
1/2 tsp oil


Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds,cumin, methi seeds and 1/4 tsp of vaamu (ajwain seeds). After the mustard seeds sputter add hing, green chillis and curry leaves and remove from heat. To the buttermilk, add salt, remaining of ajwain seeds crushed, turmeric and mix well. At the end add the fried seasoning and serve with rice.

Notes and Tips

You can substitue methi seeds with methi powder and curry leaves with coriander leaves. The Ajwain, methi seeds, chillies and curry leaves that are soaked in buttermilk give an appetizing aroma and enhances digestion.


7 Responses to “Menthi Majjiga”

  1. January 26, 2007 at 12:19 am

    ohh..that’s looks delicious..i love buttermilk..and i cook almost the same way but no ajwain.come to think of it, i never used ajwain before..:)

  2. January 26, 2007 at 9:25 am

    I love this dish,looks great.A refreshing drink for summer!:)

  3. January 26, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Today, I am going to prepare it. I have alot of sour yogurt at home. Thanks for sharing.

  4. January 26, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    looks calm and soothing. A very basic question though, do you buy buttermilk or do it at home ? We do not drink buttermilk but love lassi, can I add water to the yogurt and transform it to buttermilk ?

  5. 5 sia
    January 26, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    very delicious and at the same time good for all tummy problems. anything with yogurt and buttermilk count me in:)

  6. January 26, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    Thanx Mahi, Try with ajwain, it gives a nice tang to the dish

    Yup good for summer and winter, Asha I have been try ing to leave a comment in ur blog but not able to access, btw JIF-Ginger looks great!

    This is very common dish at my place suma. Ela vacchindo cheppandi:)

    Sandeepa, I make yogurt at home. Yes u can add water and make buttermilk with store bought one.

    Thanx sia!

  7. January 29, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Love Majjige(thats what we call it. Oh my my mouth is already watering lady.

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