Buttermilk Uses-Recipe of Buttermilk
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- 1/2 litre
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.
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- 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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