Curd can be a healthy substitute for milk in case you are not too fond of it. It is a dairy product you cannot miss for its numerous health benefits. Here is what you should know about it:
Benefits of curd
Curd or dahi improves the digestive system as it contains a host of beneficial bacteria in it.
It helps to cope with stomach problems.
Consuming curd or yoghurt regularly increases the capacity to absorb the nutrients and minerals from other foods as well.
It proves beneficial for those who are lactose intolerant as they can gain all the nutritive contents of milk through curd.
Consumption of curd provides relief from dysentery or diarrhea.
Consuming curd proves beneficial for those suffering from vaginal infection.
It helps strengthen bones and teeth as it is high in calcium.
Curd also helps minimise the risk of high blood pressure.
Tips to keep in mind
People who feel they catch cold or cough frequently on having curds can just prepare it fresh and consume it at room temperature without refrigeration.
Those on a weight loss diet can also have it, they only need to ensure it is prepared from skimmed milk and not full cream buffalo milk.
How can curd be a part of daily meals?
Curd is commonly had with a meal or simply consumed as it is. Here are some intreseting ways of making curd a part of your daily meals:
The easiest way to enjoy your curd is by adding some flavouring to it like a pinch of salt and pepper or some chaat masala.
It can be had along with your daily breakfast/lunch or even dinner. You could simply have it as a mid-meal snack as well.
One can throw in a bunch of chopped fruits to have it as a wholesome meal.
You could blend curd for a healthy glass of namkeen buttermilk. It can also be eaten with rice.
Curd is ideal to have in the form of delicious dips either used with salads or even as sandwich dressing. You could try some hung curd dip which could be had with raw salads like cucumber, carrot, etc.
Different types of raita preparations can be made from curd like mixed vegetable, palak, doodhi or pineapple etc.