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

Ingredients
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

Directions
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.

References
Bhavaprakasha, chapter 6.7.

Arya Krishna is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, educator, and speaker. She completed her Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kerala, India. She is registered as an Ayurveda doctor (Reg No: 14664) under the Indian Medical Council. She received a Fellowship in Orthopedic Rehabilitation from Apollo group of Institutions, Hyderabad. An editor with the International Ayurvedic Medical Journal, she previously served as the associate editor of the American Ayurvedic Journal of Health. Before moving to the US in 2015, she was Resident Medical Officer (Ayurveda) in AyurVAID hospital, Bangalore and has knowledge and experience in precision and evidence-based Ayurveda. She was an Ayurveda Domain expert with Health Connect 24 – a unique platform to bring together Ayurveda, Yoga and swadeshi. She is efficient in performing all Panchakarma procedures (purification therapies) and has knowledge of Marma Therapy. Other areas of expertise include Ayurveda diet and lifestyle, women’s health, and rasayana (rejuvenation). She works for the promotion and propagation of Ayurveda by offering lectures, webinars and contributing to various journals. She is a resource person for the Council of Ayurveda Research (CAR) and is an Ayurvedic blogger with Mother Earth Living. Currently, she is residing in Danville, Pennsylvania and is listed as a BAMS doctor with AAPNA (Association of Ayurveda Practitioners of North America). She is an Ayurveda Consultant and Educational coordinator with Be Mind Body Skin, New Jersey and Subject Matter Expert at At Home with Ayurveda, UK.

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