The religious importance of curd beneficial for health is also considered.
Helpful in improving digestion, curd also strengthens bones.
Swad Ka Safarnama: Indian food and life is incomplete without curd. It is a food that is eaten all over the country. Eat it straight, make lassi, pour it into the food to make it delicious and gravy, or taste it with raita, it spreads its quality everywhere. Whether it is vegetarian or non-vegetarian, curd gives pleasure to everyone. It has amazing features. It not only keeps the digestive system hit-fit but also helps in making bones strong. Indian society-religion and culture have a deep association with curd. Thousands of years ago, curd has spread many colors in the children’s pastimes of Lord Krishna, so curd is also an element in the Panchamrit offered to the deities. The special thing is that when it comes to curd, dieticians ignore these facts and call it a foreign diet, whereas even in Ayurvedic texts taken thousands of years ago, curd is glorified.
is special for the diet itself and others
If you are leaving home for some good work, you are going to give exam or job interview, then the people of the house will send you sweet curd and send you off. In India, especially in rural areas, there is a tradition of feeding curd and chuda to the guests for years. In the olden times, this diet used to be special in marriage-religious events etc. Drinking curd lassi or buttermilk in the morning and eating curd with lunch has been a part of Indian food tradition for thousands of years. What to say if you have raita for food.
Curd is used extensively in Indian cuisine. Image-Canva
If we talk about food, curd plays a special role in making non-vegetarian food. It makes the meat smooth so that it is easily digested in the stomach. Its taste is different. If we eat during the day, it is normal that if we eat dinner in the evening, then the effect will become cold. Overall, curd holds special significance in the Indian diet.
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Children’s pastimes of Krishna, Panchamrit and curd
Research has found that India is often overlooked when it comes to the history of curd. It is claimed that it is a foreign diet. Will talk on that later. There is no doubt that Lord Shri Krishna incarnated in India in Dwapar. In many mythological texts including Mahabharata, there is a description of the personality and work of Shri Krishna. Krishna-lovers and historians can suggest different dates or years for the birth of Shri Krishna, but it is confirmed that he was born about five thousand years ago. At that time there was a lot of trend of milk and its products. There is a wonderful description of milk-curd-makhan in Krishna’s children’s pastimes. The fact is that curd as a diet was in vogue since then. If we talk about the earlier, then there has been a tradition in the Vedas to offer Panchamrit (a mixture of milk-curd-honey-ghee-sugar etc.) to the deities (Sun and later Vishnu etc.), which continues even today. This Panchamrit is now dedicated to many gods and goddesses.
Curd has been described as special in ‘Charakasamhita’
On the other hand, BBC and Food Historians say that curd is a gift from the Eastern European country of Bulgaria. The Bulgarians claim (not proof) that about four thousand years ago, the people of the nomadic race had discovered the idea of making curd. For this he used animal skins. According to the BBC, the process of making curd started in other parts of the world by adopting almost the same method. On the other hand, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, curd, once called the food of the gods in India, has been associated with many folk tales. Well the fact is clear that curd has been a staple in Indian, Arabic, Turkish and Russian cuisines for centuries.
Curd is glorified in the ancient Ayurvedic texts of India. In the text ‘Charakasamhita’ written in the seventh-eighth century BC, it has been addressed as Dadhi and it is said that it is delicious, aliphatic and increases virility. It is not only auspicious, but also creates coolness in anomalous fever and also prevents weakness. It is very beneficial in bleeding and constipation. According to the text, curd fully deposited is anti-inflammatory, its cream is anti-inflammatory and its water is anti-phlegm. In the book, completely frozen curd has been called ‘diluent’ and the possibility of Vata-pitta-kapha dosha has been told on eating it.
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Therefore it prevents obesity
Yogurt is considered very beneficial for the body. According to modern science, calories 98, protein 11 grams, carbohydrate 3.4 grams, fat 4.3 grams, cholesterol 17 milligrams, sodium 364 milligrams, potassium 104 milligrams and other elements are found in 100 grams of curd. According to well-known food expert and nutritionist Nilanjana Singh, if you want to keep the body fit, then include curd in the food. There is no one like curd to keep the digestive system healthy. It can maintain the balance of acid levels in the body. Yogurt is high in calcium. It helps in fighting cortisol (hormone that raises blood sugar). An imbalance of this hormone is responsible for blood sugar and weight loss in the body.
Regular consumption of curd is helpful in preventing diseases like arthritis and osteoporosis. Image-Canva
Calcium prevents excessive production of this hormone and thus prevents weight gain. Adequate amounts of calcium and phosphorus are also found in curd. Both these elements help in making bones strong. Regular consumption of curd helps in preventing problems like arthritis and osteoporosis.
Apart from the body, it also gives satisfaction to the mind.
According to Singh, the consumption of curd reduces the level of cholesterol, which will keep the heart healthy. It also keeps the arteries clean, which will keep the blood flow smooth and the heart healthy. Yogurt contains many micro-bacteria which are beneficial for the body. It enhances the immune system of the body, which keeps it healthy. Consumption of curd is considered beneficial for sleep. Due to this, sufficient energy is circulated in the body. Surprisingly, curd also gives mental satisfaction. A normal dose of curd is a panacea, but using too much, especially during winter or rainy days, can cause joint pain. Avoid eating it with citrus fruits. Doing so can lead to acidity.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 06, 2022, 07:01 IST