Lassi (pronounced: 'Lussey') in India (also called "Mahi"), is a buttermilk preparation from India. It is consumed all year round where it is usually taken along with meals. It is also consumed on its own as a beverage. It contains raw milk, cream (malai) or yogurt which is blended manually in a pot with an instrument called madhani (whipper). If using milk or cream, the butter which comes on top is filtered with a piece of cloth, and the remaining milk-based liquid which is left is known as chhaas or buttermilk. Generally salt and crushed cumin seeds are added into it to enhance its taste. Sometimes, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida, grated ginger, finely diced green chillies are added to accentuate the flavour of the chaas. Chaas is most often drunk with ice, in the hot summer months. (Chhaas) generally taste similar, the difference between these two is that chhaas is the liquid left after extracting butter and lassi is water blended with yogurt.