Buttermilk

Butter Milk is also known as (Scientific Binomial Name), Drinking yogurt (Common English), (Ayurvedic), (Unani), Chaas (Hindi / Urdu), Mor (Tamil), Tak / Taak (Marathi), takra / ghola (Sanskrit), Ghol (Bengali), Majjige (Telugu), Majjige (Kannada), Mooru (Malayalam).

How to Make DIY Buttermilk?

It is cold and moist in temperament, easily absorb-able, and cool; it quenches thirst. It is the residual milk left after the fat has been removed from yogurt by churning. Buttermilk is fermented milk product manufactured by thermophilic bacteria. To make a refreshing this drink, mix 1 part yogurt or curd with 4 parts water, and blend 2 or 3 minutes until creamy. You can add 1/4 teaspoon roasted cumin seed before blending, or for a sweet-flavored drink, add 2 tablespoons Sucanat or other sweetener and 1 drop of rose water. This is recipe to make a traditional Indian buttermilk, in which curd (dahi) is used. This type of Indian curd can be made by souring, natural, or otherwise by harmless bacterial culture. Depend upon the milk used to make curd is responsible for amount of protein in buttermilk. Buffalo milk yields in protein rich butter milk. Bulgarian buttermilk is a type of cultured buttermilk fermented with Lb. bulgaricus.

Buttermilk Protein and Nutritional Content

Buttermilk is a popular refreshing summer beverage. Butter milk is rich in protein and hence drinking buttermilk is good practice for healthy hair. The high number of live bacteria present is also thought to provide other healthful and digestive benefits. Cultured buttermilk contain beneficial microbes. According to Indian Ayurveda, ending meal with a cup of freshly made buttermilk is good for digestion. It also helps to disperse gas. A quarter teaspoon of pepper powder and a quarter teaspoon of cumin mixed in thin buttermilk should be taken during indigestion. Ayurveda suggests drinking buttermilk after eating dates to have good digestion. During summer if body is experiencing the burning sensation they soak a soft cotton cloth in butter milk and try applying on affected area. For ulcerative colitis, buttermilk is an effective remedy. Buttermilk enema twice a week is also soothing and helps in re-installing a healthy flora in the colon.

Health Benefits of Butter Milk

For diarrhea, take buttermilk with a pinch of salt, for 3-4 times a day. It helps overcome harmful intestinal flora and re-establish the benign or friendly flora. The acid in the buttermilk also fights germs and bacteria. Taking butter milk with dry turmeric powder is also beneficial for diarrhea. To deal with a chronic case of dysentery, mix pulp of the unripe bael fruit with equal quantity of dried ginger and take it with butter milk. For age spots, butter milk is an old folk remedy. It contains lactic acid, which gently exfoliates sun-damaged skin and pigmented areas. Several times a week, massage your face with buttermilk after washing it. The active cultures in buttermilk contain acids that help to clean away dirt, tighten pores and helps to get rid of acne, pimples, and black spots. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse. Buttermilk contain the much-touted alpha-hydroxy acids that stimulate new cell growth, are humectants, and result in younger-looking skin. To fight wrinkles, drink buttermilk everyday after lunch. Adding butter milk in face mask gives additional benefits. A face mask made with the tomatoes grind with butter-milk is very effective for sunburned skin to give a more even and slightly darker tan.

Side Effects of Buttermilk

There are no side effects if taken in proper quantity, but Indian Ayurveda suggest that avoid taking butter milk during any major injury or if swelling on body due to any reason. As sour taste can aggravate pitta, try avoiding for “pitta dosha”.

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