Curd rice might have originated as a popular south Indian dish but in the summer every north Indian wants to have it as well. It is the go-to meal for everyone suffering from upset stomach. One of the biggest advantages this dish has over other dishes is that it is extremely easy to prepare. Here we will discuss some excellent health benefit of the curd rice for our health and about the timing of having this curd rice recipe.
Curd rice is always the perfect end to all meal. It helps cool the belly after a hot meal. As south India has very hot climate throughout the year, this dish helps bring down the body temperature up to great extent.
Now we know that consuming curd is beneficial to our whole body. But it is also the best medidation for an upset tummy. According to Ami Turakhia, dietician and founder, curd rice is the best food to eat for diarrhoea or indigestion or because curd is the best source of probiotic. Eating curd rice helps to restore healthy microbiata balance which, in turn, promotes healthy digestive system. Rice helps bulk up stool and relieve diarrhoea also.
Health Benefits of Curd Rice
Before we look at the recipe however, let us have a look at health benefits of curd rice:
- Aids digestion
The curd rice is one of best home remedies which is known to treat an upset stomach as it is very easy to digest and prevents indigestion and bloating. The curd in curd rice is very rich in probiotics which promote the growth of healthy gut microorganisms and bacteria thus providing relief to abdominal pain and constipation. It is triggered by it.
- Cools the body
To begin, curd rice should be eaten cold. Curd works as natural fire extinguisher which cools the overall body and also helps stabilize internal body temperature. So, if you are feeling feverish or if it is simply a very hot season, try some curd rice.
- Acts as a stress buster
Curd contains antioxidants, probiotics, and good fats. This helps the brain to fight against pain and emotions such as stress. This makes the curd rice not only a delicious dish but also a stress-busting food.
- Aids weight loss
A bowl of curd rice has the ability to fill your stomach and keep you away from snacking. It also has negligible calories as compared to the same amount of fried pulao or rice. This makes curd rice a very good meal to consume when you’re trying to lose weight.
- Curd Rice boosts immunity
Curd rice is easy to digest and this is the only one reason it is the best food to eat when you are ill. Curd is very rich in antioxidants which give the body ability to fight infections. It also gives the body needed energy when ill.
- Stomach pain
Rice is the best source of potassium and magnesium, which helps reduce pain and stomach cramps. Curd rice is very beneficial for premenstrual cramps.
- Acts as mood enhancer
Curd can be a good stress-buster which can lift your bad mood. According to many studies, probiotic bacterium and good fats, both found in curd, could help treat stress.
- Rich source of protein
Curd is a very good source of protein. It is also a good antioxidant and has high content of calcium.
Recipe of curd rice
Now that we have enough reasons to consume some curd rice, here is an easy recipe, You will need the food ingredients:
- ½ bowl of curd
- 1 tsp oil
- 1 bowl rice
- 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
- 4-5 curry leaves
- 1/4 tss black gram
- Coriander leaves and salt to taste
Mix the curd and rice in a clean bowl. Then heat the oil in a pan and lightly fry the cumin seed, curry leaves, and black gram. Add this to the curd rice mixture and then season with salt. Garnish it then with chopped coriander leaf.
Curd rice recipes not only make your hunger but also offer nutrition to the body, both curd and rice have offer great health benefits to our body. You can have this recipe evening and morning or when you feel hungry.
Tips to make curd rice
- Fry curry leaves and ginger if you wish.
- It is suggested using homemade curd. The homemade curd has different flavor and taste as compared to the store curd. When preparing recipes where curd is the main ingredient, do try to use homemade curd.
- Always use fresh curd, but if the curd is sour, you can add more milk.
- Curd and milk proportion could be adjusted as per your taste. You can skip milk if you want.
- You can avoid curd rice from turning sour in the summers by adding milk.
- Ginger and green chillies and could be skipped for very small kids.
- You may add cashews also.
- Coconut milk yogurt or almond yogurt or cashew yogurt could be used in place of dairy curd.
- You can also use raw mango pieces.