Ayurvedic Indian Spiced Buttermilk Recipe For Strong Digestion

Indian Spiced Buttermilk Recipe For Strong Digestion

Buttermilk according to Ayurveda helps in digestion and assimilation of nutrients. It is superior to yogurt since it does not increase Kapha and possesses astringent and sour tastes. It is hot in potency and mitigates Vata and Kapha dosha. It’s known to improve energy and is soothing to the digestive tract.

Ayurveda Acharya Bhavamishra has quoted the following about the intake of buttermilk. Takra is the Ayurvedic name for buttermilk.

He who uses takra daily does not suffer from diseases, and diseases cured by takra do not recur; just as amrita (divine nector) is for the gods, takra is to humans.1

Buttermilk detoxifies the body and cleanses the intestines. It relieves constipation and helps to replenish intestinal flora. It has less fat compared to milk and is rich in calcium, potassium and vitamin B12.

How To Take Takra

For general digestive problems this little drink can be taken for breakfast. Avoid takra when there is a Pitta vitiation.

Here’s an Indian Spiced Buttermilk Recipe which is nourishing and improves digestive power.

Indian Spiced Buttermilk Recipe

10 fresh mint leaves
pinch of coriander leaves (cilantro)
1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
1 green chili
1 cup yogurt
1 cup water
pinch of asafoetida
salt, to taste
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 Tbsp ghee
pinch of fresh curry leaves

Blend together the mint leaves, coriander, green chili, yogurt, water, asafoetida and ginger until frothy. Heat the ghee in a pan and add the cumin seeds until they pop, then remove from the heat. Temper the buttermilk with the ghee and cumin seeds. Add in the curry leaves at the end for flavor.

Bhavaprakasha, chapter 6.7.

Arya Krishna graduated in Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from the prestigious Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kerala, India. She brings more than 5 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda and owns Fellowship in Orthopedics Rehabilitation from the prestigious Appolo group of hospitals, Hyderabad. Currently she is serving as Associate Editor of American Journal of Ayurveda. She is a member of HealthConnect24.com. Specializations include spinal disorders and orthopedics as well as gastroenterological disorders. She is experienced in treating women's health problems like menstrual disorders, leucorrhoea and PCOD. She is efficient in administering all panchakarma therapies and has good knowledge of classical Ayurveda. She is efficient in prescribing Ayurvedic diet for lifestyle disorders and possesses knowledge of yoga and pranayama. She works for the promotion and propagation of Ayurveda by offering lectures, webinars and contributing to various journals. She is a resident of Danville, PA.


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