We are almost coming to the end of the A to Z Blogging challenge, so I’m kind of taking it easy :). I’ve chosen to write a short post about Yogurt and it’s benefits. Yogurt is formed by bacterial fermentation of milk. Popularly known as Dahi in India, it forms a major part of the indian diet. It has high nutrition value. It’s rich in protein, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B 12. Infact, many nutritionists rate it’s nutrition value higher than milk. It holds a cultural symbolism in many parts of India. We get it normally in two flavours, sweet curd and sour curd. The sweet curd is really delicious and it is quite popular in West Bengal. It’s known as Mishti Dohi there.
Lassi is another popular and traditional yogurt based drink which originated in punjab. It’s made by blending water with curd and other fruits. It can be made in various variations and flavours. People love drinking this during summer and it’s sold like hot cakes. I miss drinking lassi in Rourkela. They had a unique style of making it. They added plenty of dry fruits, coconut and a dash of bournvita as the topping. Different isn’t it ? 🙂
How to prerpare curd.
* Boil milk in a pan and let it cool till it’s luke warm.
* When it is luke warm add two tea spoons of curd and let it mix well.
* Leave the above mix to turn cool. Within five to six hours the curd is set.
* Refrigerate the curd. It becomes firm after two to three hours.
Benefits of curd
* It keeps the body cool
* It aids in digestion
* It’s an excellent source of calcium, so it’s really good for women, as women are more prone to bone related diseases like osteoporosis.
* It minimises the risk of high blood pressure
* helps in reducing cholesterol.
* It strengthens the immune system.
* A great conditioner for the hair
Curd forms the major part of the south indian diet and many have it almost everyday. Many curd based dishes are also prepared. It’s good to include this in the diet and reap the health benefits.