Curd (Yogurt) for Health and Beauty

In our Indian food culture, curd or yogurt has carved a special place for itself. No Indian meal is complete without a cup of curd and rice, most commonly called Mosaru Anna in south. Curd is eaten both with salt and sugar. Salty curd usually called Majjige is prepared with 1 cup curd, 1 cup water, coriander leaves, and curry leaves all ground together.

As far as various dishes prepared with curd, the list is endless. Raitas, pachadis, mosarubajis, kadhi, dahiwada etc etc. Be it north, south, east or west, every region has its own specialty in preparation using curd.

Curd is also used with some green leafed plant. One which comes into my mind is the Doddapatre plant. The leaves of this plant are fried and ground and mixed with curd and eaten. It was grown in our backyard. I have seen many growing this plant in pots also. It’s said that any kind of rash on the body vanishes after you eat this leaf.

Did you know curd is also a beauty aid? Mix besan, haldi in curd and apply on your face. Leave it for 10-15 minutes. Wash away. It keeps the wrinkles away. Who knew?

In our temples, we do use curds everyday to prepare Panchamrita, right? Tastes so good.

So let us continue to use more and more of curds and benefit from it on a daily basis.

Some other benefits of Curd are listed below:

  1. It boosts Immune response .
  2. It Lowers LDL, Raises HDL Cholesterol
  3. Yogurt May Reduce the Risk of High Blood Pressure
  4. Yogurt May Help Prevent Osteoporosis
  5. Lower Body Fat Linked to Consumption of Calcium-Rich Foods
  6. Calcium-rich Dairy Foods Boost the Body’s Fat Burning After a Meal
  7. Boost the Body’s Ability to Build Bone
  8. Help Prevent and Heal Arthritis

Here are some of the recipes I have in my blog for yogurt.

Do you want to share any curd recipe? Let me know, I will post them here of if you have a blog, provide a link for your page.

P.S: I guess these are the reasons why we were made to eat curd after every meal, right? I still remember my mom saying “You can’t leave the kitchen without eating Mosaru Anna”. Thanks MOM.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sunitha Dasari on November 28, 2012 at 4:57 am

    can you please let me know what is “doddapatre” called in Telugu

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  2. Posted by meeraghu on November 28, 2012 at 8:43 am

    It is called Cuban Oregano in English. Botanical name is Coleus aromaticus

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  3. Posted by Deepa Mahishi on November 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I love Doddapatre because of its medicinal values. When kids are down with cold, take 2 big Doddaparte leaves and cut them into 4 pcs, fry them in a pan without any oil till it wilts. Squeeze the juice out of it and add little bit of honey to it. Give it to kids 3 times a day for 3-4 days. It works like magic for cold. I make Tambuli out of it. Recipe goes like this:

    Fry 1tsp Jeera, 4-5 Black pepper, 1-2 Green chillies, 10 Doddapatre leaves cut into pcs. in 1tbsp of Ghee. Once it cools down, grid it in mixer with 1 cup of yogurt. Make seasoning with Mustard, Urad dal and Curry leaves in Ghee and add it to the Tambuli. You can also substitute Spinach for Doddapatre leaves.

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  4. Posted by meeraghu on November 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Nice recipe, Deepa. I will post it.

    Reply

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