Buttermilk Uses-Recipe of Buttermilk

Buttermilk with curry leaves and ginger
Buttermilk with curry leaves and ginger | Source

Buttermilk is a health drink, which contains no butter and milk in its pure form. From curd the fatty matter called butter is removed and the liquid portion in curd which remains is called buttermilk. It has less fat compared to milk and is rich in calcium, potassium and vitamin B12. It is considered as an appetizer. Buttermilk quenches thirst and acts as a coolant during hot season. Commonly in India the drink is made by adding ginger, curry leaves and green chillies to buttermilk.

Buttermilk in Ayurveda

In Ayurvedic texts buttermilk is termed as Takra. Buttermilk helps the metabolic process, good to relieve anemia, reduces gas problems, eases the symptoms of hemorrhoids and irritable bowel syndrome(IBS) and helps in digestion. It can also reduce the effects of poison. Buttermilk is recommended over curd in several disease conditions.

Buttermilk acts as an astringent and helps reduce pores caused by acne and pimples. For gas problems, buttermilk is taken along with ginger, asafoetida and salt. It reduces hyper motility of intestine during diarrhea.

Buttermilk in treatment

Treatment involving the pouring of buttermilk over the body is called 'Takradhara'. It can be 'Dhara' in which the decoction is poured all over the entire body or 'Shirodhara' over the head. Dhara relieves fatigue, lack of memory, lack of vitality and the balance of 3 doshas ( vata, pitha and kapha). Shirodhara is effective in cases like migraine, insomnia, chronic headaches, ENT complaints, spondilitis, neuropathy, etc.

For takradhara the buttermilk is mixed with various herbs or medicines such as gooseberry in specific formulation is used. Takradhara is very effective for treating diabetes. It reduces the stress which creates excessive secretion of cortisol and rise inblood glucose levels.

Buttermilk recipe

Buttermilk- 1/2 litre

Ashgourd- 200grams

Grated coconut- 1

Chilly powder- 1/2 tablespoon

Turmeric powder- 1/4 teaspoon

Green chillies- 3

Curry leaves- 10-15 leaves

Salt- to taste

Coconut oil- 1/2 tablespoon

Red chillies- 1

Mustard seeds- 1/4 teaspoon

Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 teaspoon

Cook ash gourd with chilly powder, turmeric powder, curry leaves and enough salt in water. When it is cooked add the grounded coconut, coriander, green chillies and half of curry leaves, heat it but don't allow to boil. Remove the vessel and let it cool for 5 minutes. Then add buttermilk and mix well. Take a frying pan, heat coconut oil add the mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds started bursting add red chilly, remaining curry leaves. Add this to the buttermilk curry with fenugreek seeds.

Home Remedies

  • Massage a mixture of buttermilk and salt on pores caused by acne and pimples. Wash it off with warm water first and then with cold water. This is very effective to reduce the pores.
  • For skin problems, a mixture of margosa leaves, turmeric, long pepper and black pepper prepared in buttermilk is applied.
  • It is a effective drink for people suffering from piles, obesity, inflammed colon and IBS.
  • A preparation is made by mixing a pinch of salt, half teaspoon ginger juice and powdered cumin seeds to a glass of buttermilk. This magic combination can relieves acidity, constipation and symptoms of piles.
  • A good rehydrating formula can be made by adding a pinch of salt, one teaspoon sugar to a glass of buttermilk and dilute with water. This is very effective drink in diarrhea and dehydration.


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Comments 37 comments

Sai prabha 14 months ago

Buttermilk, interesting. I like the recipe, great, must try it.


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dinkan53 3 years ago from India Author

@livingsta I think your mother is preparing Cucumber (Vellarikka)Pachadi or Cucumber Yogurt Curry. That is my favorite one too. Thanks for your valuble feedback and vote.

@rajan jolly I completely agree with you that buttermilk is an ideal summer drink, very simple and effective. Thanks for your read and comment.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Wow, I love buttermilk, it is served after meals ! I also love the curry very similar to the one mentioned here, that mum used to prepare, she adds cucumbers! I love it with fish curry and rice. Beautiful hub, thank you for sharing, voted up...back to my golden memories!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Buttermilk is very cooling as well as nutritious an ideal summer drink. Thanks for sharing its properties and this recipe. Voted up, useful and shared.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@mary615 Buttermilk with cornbread, quite interesting. I will try it if i get a chance to see the cornbread. I aapreciate your visit, vote and share. Thank you for your support.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

When I was growing up in the state of Georgia, we milked our own cows and had milk and made buttermilk. One of my favorite ways to drink it was with cornbread. Ever heard of cornbread? It's a southern bread. I would crumble the cornbread into the buttermilk.

This Hub was very interesting and informative.

I voted it UP, etc. and will share.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@remaniki Mee too love to have it as it gives cooling and refreshing effect in summers. Thanks for your visit, feedback and share.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Hi dinkan,

Wonderful hub about buttermilk. I love buttermilk especially in the summer months when we prepare the flavored buttermilk mixed with ginger, curry leaves, coriander leaves, a few mint leaves, green chillies (just one or two), asafoetida powder and salt. It tastes wonderful. very useful hub here. Thanks for sharing the knowledge. Cheers, Rema.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@urmilashukla23 It is called SAMBHARAM or spiced buttermilk. Really a cool and refreshing drink for the hot summers. Thanks for your feedback, vote and share.


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

What you call the drink you have mentioned and made by adding ginger, curry leaves and green chillies to buttermilk?

Excellent hub. Voted up and shared.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@Purple Perl "majjige huli", yes heard about it, one of the traditional dishes of Karnataka. It is called Majjiga pulusu in Andhra. Thanks for your feedback.


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Purple Perl 4 years ago from Bangalore,India

We often make "majjige huli"-Buttermilk recipe given above- during summer. Is cooling and is poured over rice, mixed well and eaten at the end of a meal. Cleans the digestive system and rehydrates the body.

And I love it.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@Lady_E Ash gourd is known in different names like, winter melon, winter gourd, white gourd, fuzzy gourd etc. It contains small amounts of fat, protein, carbohydrates, and fiber, besides calcium, phosphorous, iron, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, and vitamin C. Thanks for your feedback.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Seems very healthy and I like the look of it. I don't know what Ashgourd is, but I love the other ingredients in it. Mmmmh.... grated coconut. :-)


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@beingwell I don't like any brands, It's easy to make it at home. The taste is pretty different when homemade. You can keep even for a week in your fridge. Thanks for the share.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

I shared this article.

What brand is good for buttermilk?


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@Deborah Brooks I like buttermilk too. In India you can find buttermilk in packets with ginger, curry leaves and chilly. Really a great summer drink. Thanks for share and comment.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I have always loved buttermilk .. I didn't know you could use it like you have mentioned. I have shared this on my timeline on Facebook so i can find it easy

blessings

Debbie


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@ishwaryaa22 Yes it really works in summers as a coolant. It is a drink that got multiple uses and thanks for stoping by.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

This is an informative hub! I like buttermilk and often drink it during hot summers as it acts as a coolant. I heard that it got multiple uses and you listed it well. The recipe sounds tasty and nutritious!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

So nice of you prasetio30 and thank you for finding your precious time to comment


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub. I learn new things from you. Thanks for writing and share with us. Good job and rated up!

Prasetio


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@ alocsin, radhikasree: Thanks very much for your support and votes. The recipe is so much popular in south India and in Kerala it is called 'Pulissery'.


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radhikasree 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

Very informative hub about buttermilk. It was once a daily health drink in our home. The recipe you prepared is somewhat similar to our traditional "Morcurry". Voted up and useful.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I was expecting some recipes for goodies to eat. But I didn't know that buttermilk had these additional uses. Voting this Up and Useful.


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MojoDawg 4 years ago from Fort Worth Texas

excellent ideas and useful points. voting up


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@thumbi7 you are absolutely right, now a days you can buy buttermilk from shops in packets but the real taste you get from real home made buttermilk only. thanks for your contribution.


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

Buttermilk or lassi as it is called in Indian villages in north India is very healthy and tasty drink. I like to drink it with salt and cumin powder.


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Trsmd 4 years ago from India

During summer, consuming buttermilk will be really healthy and it reduces heat from the body. Thanks for SHARING and pinned it.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

In olden days buttermilk was offered to guests during summer. Then came tea or coffe. Now it is slowly getting replaced by other soft and hard drinks.

Butermilk is a very healthy drink and we should try to go back o olden days.

Thanks for SHARING:)


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

I loved hearing about your Indian remedies with buttermilk. Good stuff.


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bearclawmedia 4 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

Nice one!


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@Coolmon2009 You can also drink buttermilk as it gives only health benefits. thanks for your comment.


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Coolmon2009 4 years ago from Texas, USA

My dad used to drink buttermilk when I was growing up. I will bookmark this one. Thanks for sharing.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India Author

@vnsatakopan Yes it is really a coolant and can be used as a healthy drink in place of harmful carbonized soft drink. thanks for your comment.

@Cardisa The whole milk or cream is churned to make butter. The churn's movement cause the butter to separate and it is removed. What is remaining is called buttermilk. The buttermilk tastes sour/tangy. thanks for your comment.


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vnsatakopan 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Buttermilk has been used for centuries for quenching thirst. It would be a healthy replacement for the harmful soft drinks.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I am not quite familiar with buttermilk, but the name usually has me concerned that this is a fatty milk. Thanks for clearing that up. Does it taste like milk?

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