Reasons Why Curd Is Consumed Post Meals In South India


Reasons Why Curd Is Consumed Post Meals In South India

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Many of you who have South Indian friends must have noticed that they eat have the habit of ending the meal with a cup of curd or some curd rice. Every South Indian thali has cup of curd too! Wonder why? Find out!

Reasons Why Curd Is Consumed Post Meals In South India

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Experts have the opinion that it is perfectly fine to end your meals with a cup of curd as it has a lot of health benefits to offer. Curd is rich in proteins, calcium and vitamins, making the comfort food healthy too! The main reason why South Indians have curd at the end of their meals is that the food they eat is spicy and tangy and having buttermilk or curd rice balances the meal. Here are few more good reasons to end your meals with curd:

It lowers the risk of regurgitation

When you consume spicy food, you tend to have regurgitation. Regurgitation refers to expulsion of undigested food from inside. There can also be a burning sensation in the chest due to spicy food. Hence, to counteract this, people usually sign off their meals with buttermilk and curd rice.

It improves digestion

Gut flora for good health

Curd is a probiotic food. It contains vitamin B12 and healthy bacteria that helps in the growth of the bacteria in the gut. This in turn aids digestion. So, eating curd on an everyday basis is a great idea as it helps in food getting digested properly and also prevents indigestion and constipation.

It helps fight acidity

Whether it is your 1 pm lunch in the afternoon or dinner at 10 pm in the night, having a bowl of curd can help in your well being in a lot of ways. It is helpful in neutralising the body’s pH and cools down the heat that the foods you eat produce. It helps keeping acidity at bay and enhances the absorption of nutrients from the food you eat.

It is good for those who are lactose intolerant

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There are so many people who are lactose intolerant, meaning that they can’t digest milk properly due to the lack of the enzyme. For such people curd is a boon as it has calcium and other essential nutrients. The protein in milk gets converted to lactic acid in curd, which makes it easy to digest. Sounds like great news!

How you can have curd?

You can have curd in many different ways, you can have it as sweet lassi or salty chach. There are many more amazing ways to enjoy curd. Read on!


The simplest and versatile way of having curd is raita. You can have fruit raita with diced apples and bananas, or salty ones like cucumber raita, potato raita, boondi raita or onion raita. It is a great accompaniment with your meals.

Curd dip

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You can make a lot of exotic dips with hung curd and one of that is a G-Greek dip called ‘Tzatziki’, if you want to read the recipe click here! You can also make a simple dip for your salads by beating hung curd to a smooth and creamy consistency and adding salt, black pepper and ginger-garlic paste.

Curd rice with seasoning

If you don’t relish plain curd rice, try the tempered version. Add curry leaves, mustard seeds and cumin seeds (jeera) to oil and make a tadka or tempering. Add this tempering to your curd rice. It tastes better and the cumin, mustard seeds and curry leaves offer a lot of health benefits.

Hope you too will start eating curd everyday!

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