Yogurt: Ayurveda Health Benefits + How To Make Homemade Yogurt AND Digestive Lassi
Yogurt is Amla Rasa (sour taste) in Ayurveda. It undergoes sour taste conversion after digestion. Ayurveda recommends homemade yogurt in cases of constipation, diarrhea, bleeding disorders, nutritional disorders and to increase strength and immunity.
Yogurt pacifies Vata dosha. It generally aggravates Pitta and Kapha however fresh homemade yogurt pacifies Pitta. Yogurt is the only fermented food recognized by Ayurveda as sattvic. Ayurveda recommends daily usage of freshly prepared yoghurt. It should be consumed the same day it is made.
Other Health Benefits Of Yogurt
Yogurt has lactic acid bacteria that enhances B and T cells which build up our body’s immune system. Yogurt also works as an aphrodisiac and offers various benefits related to sexual health. Yogurt has properties that are beneficial for the hair, such as proteins and vitamin B5. The protein content present in yogurt strengthens and moisturizes hair and removes annoying dandruff. Lactic acid provides soothing and moisturizing effects on the skin, making the skin soft and nourished. It is also the best remedy for sunburn. It can be applied to reduce pain and redness on the affected area.
Yogurt For Babies
Yogurt made from cow’s milk can be the best for a baby. It is a delicious and healthy first food for baby as it is full of calcium which is needed for strong bones. Yogurt also contains an impressive amount of vitamins and minerals that can be good for the baby. Because of the baby’s growing process, the protein is easily digested by the young baby’s stomach.
Make sure to consult your pediatrician before you administer yogurt to babies. Ideally it should be given after 6 months only.
How To Make Homemade Yogurt
1/2 L (about 2 cups) of fresh, full fat milk
1 Tbsp yogurt starter
Take a clean container in which the curd can settle. Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt starter (store bought) and whisk until smooth. Boil the milk and let sit until lukewarm. Pour the warm milk into the container. Use a whisk to mix it properly. Cover it with a lid and keep it in a warm place. Wait for the yogurt to set for at least 4 hours. For a thicker, more tart yogurt let it sit over night. The exact time will depend on the culture used, temperature and the thickness desired. When the yogurt is set transfer it to the fridge or serve fresh.
How To Make Digestive Lassi
1/4 cup homemade yogurt
1 cup water
salt, to taste
ground ginger, 1 pinch
ground cumin, 1 pinch
black pepper powder, 1 pinch
Blend together all the ingredients and drink at room temperature.
This recipe is good for relieving gas and bloating.